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.
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.