GameStop US to accept Resident Evil: Mercenaries trade-ins from today, gets Amazonbombed

Wednesday, 29th June 2011 07:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Following a crazy 48 hours, which has seen the discovery of a save game system that doesn’t let you delete save files and one retailer apparently set to pull its stock from shelves, US store GameStop has said it’ll accept trade-ins of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries from today.

It comes after the company decided not to sell the game second-hand at first due to the new save system. That decision has since been reversed.

“GameStop did ask the U.S. store base to stop accepting trades on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D as we evaluated the save system for the game,” the company said in a statement to IGN.

“Upon further review of the process with our publisher partner, Capcom, GameStop will resume taking trades on the game effective Wednesday, June 29.”

Earlier yesterday, it was reported that Australian retailer EB Games had pulled whatever stock it had of the game due to the save game system in Mercenaries. Capcom had previously said that the second-hand market was “not a factor” in its creation.

It seems that those statements are falling on deaf ears for Amazon users, though. The game got carpet bombed – or rather, Amazonbombed – with negative reviews on the game’s listing on the website. Oops.

It’s out here on Friday in the UK for 3DS.



  1. SplatteredHouse

    There were reports yesterday, that the computers in those stores were blocking it from being processed as a trade-in. Hence, it wasn’t requested in that case, but mandated.

    From this amazonbombing…”Capcom is attempting to set a new precedent in consumer manipulation and control with this product. ”
    [if you support this tactic by buying RE:Mercenaries] “don’t complain when the next Monster Hunter ships with this same “feature.”

    I don’t agree with first one, beyond the notion of a precedent possibly being sought.
    Does Capcom have any response to these reactions?
    We’ve seen before, that when pubs think they can get away with moves like this, when people accept it or are apathetic in their disapproval, then you get an escalation, more companies join in, a flavour of the month plaster-put-in-place, and others and kick off with their own little variants of features.

    Maybe the “treatment” originally proposed for PC SSFIV: AE was just a part of this behaviour and attitude of Capcom, and THIS is an escalation, on a soft target, deliberately set back from their core fans on the consoles!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Ge0force

    Not being able to reset your save file is unacceptable. I won’t ever buy a game with such DRM.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    Thinking practically on this a second, I know in Resident Evil games in the past, I’ve saved and then found myself in a severely disadvantaged position, in terms of being able to continue – low ammo, plants, etc. Since you can’t in Mercenaries overwrite that save, it’s one and you’re done, if you were to stuff up like that – tough, your game’s basically only good for the trash if you can’t find a way to continue. D:

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Mercs is basically a score-attack game though, I doubt there are in-game saves. The save’s just for stat tracking and scores, surely?

    Not that that makes this acceptable, of course.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    oh! So this is more an offshoot of RE. Um, I don’t follow the series recently enough to know that. They should step up again, not just continue the way they are with this series.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Mercs was a bonus mode in Resi 4 (and 5, I think) where you just got swamped by bad guys and had to survive for a certain amount of time and get the maximum score. It was really popular for some reason I can never fathom. Because I thought it was complete shit.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. jldoom

    @6 to be honest with you, the Merc bonus mode sort of worked as a way to refine you’re skills if you don’t want to waste your time doing that in the game and reloading a save file. And it WAS fun after you finished the main story…for about 10 min then I just got insanely bored with it lol. It’s kind of like getting a rampage in Grand Theft Auto, just go around killing EVERYTHING.

    #7 4 years ago

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