Resident Evil Nintendo 3DS game angers fans with save game feature

This week's new game releases include Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D, a long awaited third person shooter for Nintendo's 3DS console. However the game is getting slammed by fans and is getting a lukewarm reception from some retail outlets. The reason is the decision by the game's publisher Capcom to not allow gamers to delete the save game file. Instead the save game file is put into the Nintendo 3DS hardware itself. The result is that the $40 game can basically only be played once.

This situation is not going over well with gamers who now cannot give Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D to a friend to play since the entire game's content would be unlocked. It also makes selling or trading in the game at retail stores an iffy proposition. Indeed, the US's biggest game retailer GameStop wasn't going to allow anyone to trade in the game at their stores. However IGN is reporting that GameStop has since changed its mind and will now accept trade ins for the game.

Capcom is trying to do some damage control on this situation. It has released a statement insisting that "secondhand game sales were not a factor" in not allowing gamers to delete save game files in Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D. However, it didn't give a concrete reason for this decision. It did try to push its case that the game still can be played more than once even with this feature, saying, "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."

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Well... doesn't general resetting work?
I mean:
L + R + Select + Start when the games boot up deletes the entire game data of EVERY DS game... Resident Evil should not be the exception.

Second hand games sales were totally the motivating force for this horrid move. Well, I know one game I would be getting for my 3DS (when I finally buy one). And one developer/publisher I will be avoiding for the foreseeable future.

The big problem is that the companies think someonw that buy a game HAVE to keep it forever. They think you CAN'T sell what is YOURS! I hate what these companies are doing, like the damn Online Pass used by EA and other companies, and now CAPCOM is joining the blacklist with an even worst "feature". We're customers, we have rights, we have power. They need us. They make things this way, we don't buy their games, they don't sell anything, they get no money. Then we will see what is most important: stop the secondhand games sales or sell brand new games.

No, what they think is that after you buy it from them, anyone that buys it from you is not a customer of theirs...so they have no interest in making that customer happy.

Your rights extend to buying or not buying a product.

Gamestop is a big monopoly too.. of course they wouldnt take the game in because then they'd be losing money after low resale value. I wish there was a better alternative to buying from them...

6205 said,
This will be not a issue with Acekard or R4i...

That's going to take a long time before any flash carts/cards that can play backups see the light of day. The 3DS uses sophisticated AES encryption, it could take 5 - 10 years minimum to break before a flash card that can run backups surfaces. That is providing there is a weakness in the protection to exploit, piracy could be possible to a degree. Much weaker protection systems such as CPS2 and CPS3 took years to break, the encryption for the 3DS could take much longer.

Have fun waiting, I guess.

Jose_49 said,
The R4 Card for 3DS has been out since it's release date.

For the original DS most likely, not 3DS. There is still no flashcard for the 3DS, at least anything that can run backups. If there are any flash cards available they are completely useless as they cannot be used to run backups...yet. It's going to take a long time before you can run backups on a 3DS.

Xtreme2damax said,

That's going to take a long time before any flash carts/cards that can play backups see the light of day. The 3DS uses sophisticated AES encryption, it could take 5 - 10 years minimum to break before a flash card that can run backups surfaces. That is providing there is a weakness in the protection to exploit, piracy could be possible to a degree. Much weaker protection systems such as CPS2 and CPS3 took years to break, the encryption for the 3DS could take much longer.

Have fun waiting, I guess.


Probably be faster than you'd think, if there were actually any games worth having for the 3DS anyway.

Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?

CSharpFan said,
Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?

Exactly what I was wondering. The article seems to contradict itself?

CSharpFan said,
Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?

I thought that as well. Makes no sense at all.

CSharpFan said,
Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?

Aren't DS save games stored on the cartridge rather than the device? That would make more sense in this case.

CSharpFan said,
Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?

I was thinking the same thing. Also, can you not reset your 3DS?

CSharpFan said,
Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?

as I don't own a 3DS (or a DS whatever) I also don't understand this article. Clarification needed

CSharpFan said,
Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?

The article is poorly written, by "Hardware" they mean cartridge. The only "real" problem is that there is no delete option.

CSharpFan said,
Eh? First it states that the save game is stored on the 3DS hardware itself. So how can you not give the game to a friend if he has his own 3DS?
What I was thinking was how can you not wipe any information off of your 3DS? (game saves, settings etc) Is the system really locked down like that?

Xionanx said,

The article is poorly written, by "Hardware" they mean cartridge. The only "real" problem is that there is no delete option.

It's not a surprise though, I have seen plenty of DS games that do this. Like Pokemon Ranger prevents you resetting the whole save file to stop you re-accessing the transfers available.

You know, back in the day NES/SNES/Etc games let you save on the cartridge, but at least you could DELETE the savegames. This is just stupid, and I'm willing to bet there is an "internal memo" somewhere stating the reasoning was lack of sales due to Game Rentals and Trade Ins.