We posted our review for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D earlier this week. Chris Carter thought the game was decent, but had some gripes. One of which was the fact that “save files are permanently ingrained onto your game’s cartridge”. Capcom’s actions in this regard have turned out to be highly controversial and caused quite a stir on the internet, believing this is the latest method to kill the used game market. In backlash, fans have review-bombed the title, leaving it with a rating of 1.5/5 on Amazon.
Capcom insists that “Secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision”, but rather “RE Mercs was treated like an arcade fighting game. You unlock characters, levels, etc and they just stay unlocked as they would in an arcade machine. There was no hidden motive to prevent buying used copies. It’s not some secret form of DRM. It’s simply the way we designed the save system to work with the arcade type of gameplay.”
Believe what you may, but in either instance Capcom has really done themselves a disservice with this one. They’ve undoubtedly lost sales, turned off loyal customers, and regardless of their intent, have shown other publishers how to make their upcoming 3DS line-up immune to the used market.