Capcom: Used games “not a factor” in Mercenaries 3D permanent saves

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 06:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Capcom is adamant the used game trade was not the motivation behind the permanent save files of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.

“Secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision, so we hope that all our consumers will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer,” the publisher said in a statement, as reported by GiantBomb.

“In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset.

“The nature of the game invites high levels of replayability in order to improve mission scores. In addition, this feature does not remove any content available for users.”

It’s still not clear whether the save files are made permanent by a technical issue or by design, but it sounds like it doesn’t make much difference to the game. Unless the guy before you named all the characters after genitals. Can you even do that? Awesome. I mean, how awful.

The Mercenaries 3D is in the process of a staggered international release this week.



  1. Blerk

    Technically there’s no reason why it can’t be reset. It’s just flash ram on the cart, it’s not anything special. If you can overwrite it (which they do, obviously – every time you save) then you can also erase it. So…. try again, Capcom. Excuse fail!

    I wonder whether they just forgot, actually. And decided it was easier to just add a quick note to the manual rather than put the whole game through certification again.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Freek

    Yeah, this is all really weird. No save deletes or resets?? What? In 2011?? Really Capcom?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    Its right there in the maunal in which it states the software cannot be reset so its a decision they had made. Not a bug.

    If its not to fight 2nd hand sales then they are just being dickwads.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Lewis247

    Then what the hell was it? The fact they mention that it isn’t about second sale games but then don’t give a real justifiable reason is ridiculous.

    What a stupid fucking move, capcom.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. carp

    DS gamers really get shafted for this all the time. So many games only have 1 save file slot, it’s actually quite annoying how game reviewers don’t take this into account.

    #5 4 years ago

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