Resident Evil: The Mercenaries For 3DS Will Have Zero Resale Value

If you’re thinking about picking up Resident Evil: The Mercenaries for 3DS, there’s a strong chance you’ll eventually want to trade it in at your local game shop. It might end up being kind of fun, but it’s unlikely the competitive, arcade style shooter with no plot will manage to eke out a place in the pantheon of classic games alongside the rest of the Resident Evil series. Especially considering that it’s about as meaty as an XBLA game but you’ll still be paying full price.

Unfortunately, if you don’t consider what I’ve just pointed out to you and end up shelling out your 40 bucks, you’d best learn to love it like one of your pets, because thanks to a tricky move on Capcom’s part, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries will have zero resale value. As Japanese gamers found out a month ago, and as we’ll be finding out tomorrow, “saved data on this software cannot be reset”. And here’s a screenshot from the manual proving it:

It isn’t quite as nefarious as it seems. There’s no story in The Mercenaries, it’s just a series combat scenes with player rankings determined by score. So the inability to reset save data won’t have much of an impact on the original purchaser. But it does mean that someone who buys a used copy is getting damaged goods, as they will never be able to start their own ranking-up from scratch (and, I’m guessing, the game will still be branded to the original purchaser’s 3DS ID). It also means the original purchaser can never loan the game to a friend, not only because the friend is screwed out of a unique experience but also for fear of their own rankings being jacked with.

That’s kind of cheap, and it feels a lot like Capcom added this delightful restriction specifically to screw stymie used-games retailers and force people to buy their awesome game new. They’re well aware of that perception, and they want you to know this is simply not true! Eurogamer asked them about the saved-data issue earlier today, and Capcom blessed them with this response:

“The game’s value at second-hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset. Customers in the UK will not experience a reduced second-hand value should they wish to trade in their purchase.”

It’s super nice of Capcom to reassure potential customers that this game will have full resale value. I suppose this should be taken as a stealth admission that they own Gamestop. Who knew!? But, on the off chance they don’t have any say-so in Gamestop’s business decisions, I’m willing to bet this statement generated a few chuckles. Sure, Capcom, your assurances guarantee that people will want to buy a crippled used game at full used cost. Sure, sure they will. Right around the same time critics start giving Duke Nukem Forever good reviews.

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