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You Can’t Delete Your Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Save Data

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Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D won’t allow you to reset (read: delete) saved data from its cartridge. The limitation was discovered in the Japanese version of the game but has been confirmed for the U.S. edition via a scan of the manual posted online.

resident evil mercenaries saves saved data

Why would the developer prevent you from deleting this data? According to Tiny Cartridge the prevailing theory is to discourage used game sales. If you pick it up second-hand there’s a good chance the game will be completed and you’ll have no way to start over from the beginning, pretty much forcing you to buy a full-price new copy to play the full experience.

However, even if you’ve bought the game new and one day decide that you want to play through again you’re still screwed.

I’m not opposed to combating pre-owned game sales but when your method also impacts those who paid for a new copy at full price… that’s just not cool.

Source: Tiny Cartridge, Vyse the Legend

By on 26 June 2011

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  1. Glenstar says:

    Whoa. That’s terrible, actually. I restart my favorite games quite often – I don’t think I’ve ever had a Pokemon game I haven’t played through more than once, I go through most Metroid games more than once, the Mario games are good for replaying… so, this is very bad news. And what if you want to try playing through using a different skill set? Stopping you from erasing save data stops you from exploring all the customization options, which is really annoying.

  2. Uricon says:

    If there are multiple saves, this ain’t a problem. Any confirmation?

  3. Wiener says:

    I looked forward to this game but now I think I’ll have to skip it cause I don’t wanna give my money to a**holes!

  4. DryYoshi says:

    They should atleast have made like a special code to delete your save data.

  5. muppett says:

    looks like im gonna cancel my pre order right now along with starfox as it has no online ..
    hmmmm **** looks like nintendo are trolling on a massive scale .
    Using 3D to rip us off more an more so the more impressive it is the less u can give us and keep putting the price up for less & less content is begining to gtate on a massive scale ..

    V unhappy gamer .

  6. fte says:

    Yeah ok. Not going to get that game after all. I’m not going to get three games just to play it through three times.

  7. muppett says:

    looks like im gonna cancel my pre order right now along with starfox as it has no online ..
    hmmmm **** looks like nintendo are trolling on a massive scale .
    Using 3D to rip us off more an more so the more impressive it is the less u can give us and keep putting the price up for less & less content is begining to grate on a massive scale ..

    V unhappy gamer .

  8. Kenshin says:

    I believe people are over reacting a bit. Think about this, why would one want to restart a game like this? I agree that it is stupid that people have to buy a new copy to start over (nobody has much money these days), but in the long run it doen’t effect me. I’m still supporting this game.

  9. Lumine1412 says:

    Why even bother resetting savefiles? This is Mercenaries, there is no plot whatsoever and you can always re-do the mission anyway, what’s the point?

  10. muppett says:

    looks like im gonna cancel my pre order right now along with starfox as it has no online ..
    hmmmm **** looks like nintendo are trolling on a massive scale .
    Using 3D to rip us off more an more so the more impressive it is the less u can give us and keep putting the price up for less & less content is begining to grate on a massive scale ..

    V unhappy gamer .

    wheew that was close cheers 3dbuzz my order from amazon is now cancelled

    Shame on u CrapCom
    il be very carefull on pre ordering anything CrapCom put out for 3ds now.
    Infact i will not pre order anything from CrapCom in the future , untill its confirmed by the whole internets they will stop this disgusting abusive practice.

  11. Dan says:

    Just more farcical money grabbing, these corporations are for profit of course so it aint surprising.

    And teh “point” is that this sets a precedent.

  12. Cal says:

    I won’t bother either, this is ludicrous! I love re-setting games to play them again! 😮 I looked forward to this game, but I’m not going to give my money to people like this!

  13. James says:

    This is just stupid… Hopefully Capcom will realise what money-whoring idiots they are being and patch this… I love Capcom, but they are just greedy…

  14. AbuJaffer says:

    Seriously guys, there’s no story whatsoever! You can just redo the missions!
    If this was a setting in Revelations, however, I’d be waving my pitchfork just like the rest of you.

  15. Sam Walker says:

    What’s wrong with pre-owned games? It’s a great way of recycling cartirdges that’ll just otherwise be lying around in someone’s house.

  16. Zac says:

    I really want this game, can’t you upgrade diffrent skills by replaying the missions. It’s still rubbish that you can’t re start because it then feels like a waste of money. Stupid corprate greedy b*****ds!

  17. stickit2theman says:

    HAHAAHAAA
    im gonna buy resi evil 5 for ps3 SECOND HAND now HAHHAHHHAAAA…
    Wow and i was gonna get this day 1 .
    cheers capcom u just did me a big favour saved me some casah which ill splash on a few second hand used games …

    CANCELLED – Resident Evil: The Mercenaries
    CANCELLED – Resident Evil: Revelations
    CANCELLED – MMl3

    and I wont pre-order anything from capcom now until they put out a statement confirming this wil not ever happen again .
    this message needs to be sent out to all games companies
    that we will not help u to screw us over .

    Cancell your orders now or you will regret not doing anything when you had the chance.

  18. nikola987 says:

    This was enough for me to cancel my preoder.. I wasn’t even hyped that much about this game, but I was looking forward to Revelations demo and to support developers, but fukc them now…

  19. DanM says:

    @Sam Walker
    Exactly. Theres nothing wrong it. Especially as some people can’t afford full priced games.

  20. epic 3ds fan says:

    Greedy pieces of bullsh*t.

  21. sausage link to the past says:

    seriously what was capcom thinking? “oh, i know! let’s make our very much looked forward to 3DS game not deletable (if thats a word) so people have to buy two copies if they want to play it over again!” F**k that. 🙁

  22. Marquis says:

    Like others said, there’s no plot, and the missions can be re-done.
    There’s absolutely no reason to have to reset, unless I’m not understanding some of the game mechanics.

  23. undercoverjamil says:

    cancelled my pre-order, not buying any game no matter what, that adopts such crap money making schemes. I never buy pre-owned games anyway, or play them again; but nevertheless I like the ability to do so.

  24. Naja says:

    im sure it will have a “new game” option.i think its just saying that save data is always needed.

    or

    a “start again” mode of some kind.

  25. RSSian says:

    Damn! Was going to buy this!…. I think I will just pass for now :\.

  26. Kenshin says:

    Resident Evil 4 didn’t let one get rid of saved files.
    There are probably 20 or so files like in RE 4.

  27. James Kirkbride says:

    Does this really matter? Why would you want to delete your saved data anyway? You can just do the same mission again and try and beat your highscores!!
    I hope they dont do this with Revelations though, because on Revelations you would want to restart, unless there is more than one save file

  28. croxyndul says:

    hackers will find a way hahaha.

  29. Sloshy says:

    Ugh, all the trolls here… While this is disappointing, I’m sure there’s a way to reset the save data somehow (third-party device maybe like an AR). As much as I love used games, Capcom just wants to help this title sell well new. A ton of other games on the 3DS allow save data deletion just fine; at least we can play those.

  30. lusk1 says:

    Pretty sure you could play through the main game multiple times. You wont lose save data, so like all your online data wont be lost, you cant re-lock characters, but I dont think they would make it so you play through the story mode and then have no option of playing through it again.

  31. TradeMark says:

    @Sam Walker

    It’s good for the gamers, but bad for the companies. Any money spent on used games DOES NOT go to the Publisher and Developers. They suffer while the retailers flourish on somenone else’s hard work. It goes without saying that GameStop is the biggest offender. I could see the digital era coming faster then ever (hard to get a used game in the digital space).

  32. Rich says:

    Can’t believe how many if you are crying about this. The game had no plot. You can still customize your character which ever way you want. It’s all about the High scores and why the hell would you ever want to delete those? All you lot cancelling your orders will simply miss out on a great game. Suit yourselves! X

  33. Gleeok says:

    I never delete my save datas ..and i never sell my games.

    This game has no plot its just high-score and general multiplayer fun, so i don’t see a reason to not buy it.

  34. george says:

    im not that bothered, the datas on the sd card so just delete it from that.

  35. POOPINSHOONP says:

    @Dan
    Why were you ordering from CrapCom anyway, it’s a Capcom game…

  36. Kayriss says:

    It doesn’t seem like a big deal but it’s pretty inconvienent especially for a game as simple as this.

  37. fte says:

    @Sam Walker

    @DanM

    The money from used games goes to the store selling them, not the developer. It’s a great thing for us, the gamers, but capcom won’t like that.

  38. gintamaan says:

    aren’t all 3ds games saved to the SD card now, so it won’t really effect anything? i may be wrong, but just saying…

  39. Kenshin says:

    @POOPINSHOONP
    Capcom gave us lots of great games like:
    Zelda games (the hand-held ones)
    Monster Hunters
    The Phoenix Wright series
    Resident Evil series
    Mega-man series
    etc. etc. etc…

  40. Dez Chase says:

    The game is just a ‘beat your best time/score’ game, so not a big deal.

  41. Johnny says:

    Does it really matter with this game? I can understand if it’s some amazing story like FF or KH or something but it’s just like timed matches etc. It’s not like you can’t experience every good thing about it time and time again without resetting it as it’s just mostly scores that you’d be resetting if you could. If it was Revelations I could see the fuss but Mercenaries will be fine.

  42. Sleehand says:

    How old is everybody on this board? You’re all over reacting by cancelling your orders. You can still go back and play levels you’ve already beaten… How does this effect you since you’re buying the game new (ie: pre-ordered) and not used anyway? They’re just securing that if somebody wants their game, they have to buy it new, not used. Doesn’t sound that unreasonable to me.

  43. jester says:

    @ Sleehand
    I so agree with you Sleehand. Just becuz you cant erase your data doesn’t mean you should cancel your order. Im soo glad you cant erase your data becuz now i don’t have to worry about starting all over. Just replay levels over and over again you nine-year-olds.

  44. Kenshin says:

    @jester

    @Sleehand

    @Johnny

    @Dez Chase
    At lest some people understand.
    Good work guys!

  45. SupaBeam says:

    not a big deal when i beat a game like this i like to go through em all again so i can hit S rank u guys remember sonic adventure? i have that game still used the same file for years just so i get S rank on the level i wanna do and this will have wi-fi i can play with my buds that live in arkansaw *i think thats how you spell it >.>* and your customizations this is not a big deal what so ever

  46. J@ke says:

    Wasn’t planning on buying this anyway 😛

  47. Jason. says:

    You guys are really dumb. This type of game needs no resetting whatsoever.
    This is a mission based game. It has 30 missions, all of which are re-playable. Did you read that? RE-PLAYABLE. Which means after you’re done with all 30 missions, you can simply go back to the very 1st mission & play it again. All this really does is you can’t delete your rankings on the level, I actually like having my low rank on it & then seeing my vastly improved rank just to see how much better I got. All in all this actually doesn’t affect anybody except the people who buy it used. and actually since it is like this I’m pretty sure some people are actually gonna be happy when they buy their used copy & have everything already unlocked. This isn’t gonna affect me in any way, shape, or form.

  48. btj says:

    You replay the levels over and over again. If i bought this used my goal would be to destroy the high scores. I’m pumped for online co-op can’t wait one day away!!!

  49. Bruce says:

    I LOVE all the commenters missing the point. Its not about replaying the missions, its about unlocking the characters, the progression, the sense of achievement from that, thats most of mercenaries otherwise it gets really boring really fast. If they release some character dlc its no big deal, but you buy it used you’re fucked. On top of that, precedence like they said support it now, it will be everywhere.

  50. chrissomerry says:

    @TradeMark
    Second hand games don’t actually hurt companies that much – they just don’t get money directly in their pocket, so they don’t feel as secure. See, someone might not feel like spending full price for a 1st hand copy of a game if they’re not confident about the quality of the product (since demos are no longer fashionable). So, they might buy the 2nd hand version for half price. If they like it, they’re then more likely to buy from the same company, and more likely to invest in a 1st hand copy (since it feels more special). If they don’t like it, it’s not as detrimental, because they won’t complain about having to pay an extortionist price to play a game they didn’t like. So it has advertising value (and at about the same cost too no doubt as real advertisement).

    But there’s also other reasons to argue for keeping the 2nd hand physical game market alive – it’s just another form of freedom. I want to OWN what I buy, and do what I like with it after, including selling it if I need to. And if I can’t buy something second hand and can’t afford it 1st hand, I simply don’t buy it. I buy another persons product, and forget about the other company. That said, in the west at least, retailers are often just as bad as game publishers, taking a lot of profit for something they probably shouldn’t be taking that much from. But that isn’t an argument against the 2nd hand market, that’s an argument against dodgy business tactics.

  51. drwill439 says:

    I never buy used games unless i rly want it and cant find it new (ex. I couldnt find a new Tetris DS anywhere, so i bought used). Also, this is a super expanded minigame, theres rly no reason to not buy it. You can probably switch your skill set up whenever you want. If they do this on Revelations, then you scream like children.

  52. jester says:

    who wants to exchange friend codes 2878-9588-8166

  53. tavia. says:

    Can you have more than one save file?

  54. Nintendofreak says:

    chrissomerry :
    @TradeMark
    Second hand games don’t actually hurt companies that much – they just don’t get money directly in their pocket, so they don’t feel as secure. See, someone might not feel like spending full price for a 1st hand copy of a game if they’re not confident about the quality of the product (since demos are no longer fashionable). So, they might buy the 2nd hand version for half price. If they like it, they’re then more likely to buy from the same company, and more likely to invest in a 1st hand copy (since it feels more special). If they don’t like it, it’s not as detrimental, because they won’t complain about having to pay an extortionist price to play a game they didn’t like. So it has advertising value (and at about the same cost too no doubt as real advertisement).
    But there’s also other reasons to argue for keeping the 2nd hand physical game market alive – it’s just another form of freedom. I want to OWN what I buy, and do what I like with it after, including selling it if I need to. And if I can’t buy something second hand and can’t afford it 1st hand, I simply don’t buy it. I buy another persons product, and forget about the other company. That said, in the west at least, retailers are often just as bad as game publishers, taking a lot of profit for something they probably shouldn’t be taking that much from. But that isn’t an argument against the 2nd hand market, that’s an argument against dodgy business tactics.

    @chrissomerry
    Sadly I do not have the money for a 3GS but if I did I wouldnt buy this game. I would cancel my pre order. It is like he said it’s about freedom and completely owning the game. That’s why you buy a new 3DS as opposed to a used one. Even though it’s cheaper the new one has never been owned it’s new if feels like it’s yours. But a 3ds that’s been owned has the owners fingerprints and you have to format the drive and everything has been used so it doesn’t feel like it’s yours. I’m trying to make a point. If you have a game that you are not free to restart and Rey lock everything which I live to do then it feels like capcom (I mean crapcom) owns the game and your just permanently renting it. I hope you can relate.

  55. TheTruth says:

    Hey listen
    Link each game cart to each game system ,
    Link each system to a single person yeah.
    To many people sharing game save’s means people enjoy gaming without PAYING this is what they are tackling. Wii (us/Ninty),U (singular) hmmm begining to see where all this is heading?
    Monkey ball ? & now resi mercs ?.
    My pre order is cancelled and now i wont pre order anything for 3DS because in the second wave of games there will be at least 4 titles doing the same. Guess what Vita is cart bassed too ooops looks like the big corps are trolling gamers as the 28 Billion profit last year isn’t enough for them , music earnt a massive $6 Billion & movies got a lucrative $10 Billion so as u can see gaming is in terrible crisis being pushed into 1st place with a miserly $28 BILLION. Thank god for the Lobbiest who are helping to pull strings to help out the poor little developers.
    Still got all my resi games ps1 cube, i keep good games. If it’s such a good feature why no adds on tv showing us how groundbreakingly fantastic this revolutionary new idea of 1 non deletable save file is hmm ? yeah it’s wikid cause i hate sharing my games & letting family & friends use a spare save really grates me. Infact im gonna send all my old games back and ask if they can remove all tnem crappy save files & replace with this inovative revalutionary fandagled single 1 play only nondeletable sae file cause it’s rocking and the futer of gaming yeah count me in .
    Drops pants bends over
    BAAAAH BAAAAH ©-@ .
    ENJOY BEING PLAYED…

  56. Adrian says:

    Here is mine 0559-6830-0313

    @jester

  57. Tone78 says:

    Will be getting as soon as I get off in 4 minutes.

  58. Lynchpin says:

    here’s my friend code: 2750 – 1083 – 5424. I’ll also add your’s Adrian. @tavia.

  59. Lynchpin says:

    Sorry that reply was to Jester my mistake. >.<

  60. Johnny says:

    I dont have the game, or a 3ds for that matter, but what’s so bad about not being able to restart the game? Isnt it like mercenaries the minigame? I thought there wasnt a plot to it 😮

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