Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is out today for the Nintendo 3DS, but what’s really interesting about the game is that whether you buy it new or used, you won’t be able to delete your save data. In addition, the manual of the game has the following line: “Note: Saved data on this software cannot be reset.” While this detail may seem quite uninteresting for many, others dislike the fact that the game doesn’t allow players to reset their save data and see this as an unnecessary restriction.
There are many speculations about Capcom’s decision to do something like this, and most experts claim that this was done to prevent players from buying used copies of the game. Still, the Japanese developer and publisher officially issued the following statement: “Secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision.” According to various sources this seems to be working really well for Capcom, at least in Japan, where used copies can be found for less than u$s 10.
Many video games (like Mortal Kombat) require a registration code to access the online mode or other specific content. This seems like a really interesting way of approaching situations like this one, but for some reason Capcom refused to do so. Furthermore, GameFly has listed the game as “Non Rentable” and apparently, some GameStop locations won’t buy nor sell used copies of the game. Capcom never gave a clear reason for the decision and unfortunately, we’ll probably never know why they did it.
Finally, here’s some basic information about the game: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, known as Biohazard: The Mercenaries 3D in Japan, is a third-person shooter action game which allows players to replay the same levels over and over again in order to get higher scores. The game includes Wi-Fi for cooperative play, as well as many popular characters from the series.