UPDATE: The saga continues. Now, Gamestop has reversed their policy and will begin accepting trade-ins for this game starting Wednesday, June 29.
A report earlier this morning surprised us with news that Gamestop in North America would be purchasing used copies of Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and selling them used. We also relayed the news (and have since unpublished it) but decided to follow up personally with several Gamestop locations, primarily because we were curious what the specific trade-in value would be. As it turns out, three separate Gamestop managers have told us via phone calls that they will not be accepting trade-ins for the latest 3DS release. When asked if this was a company-wide policy, all said “yes” without hesitation, indicating that this is a policy Gamestop corporate has communicated to their stores.
As has been widely reported, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D has a permanent save file, which doesn’t allow gamers to erase their progress and restart, significantly decreasing the used value of the game.
This news falls on the heels of an earlier report that EB Games in Australia was recalling the game, refusing to even sell it new. We’ve also confirmed that Gamefly will not be renting the game to its customers.
Capcom has insisted that deterring used game sales had nothing to do with the decision to bind one user to a permanent save file. With the nation’s largest reseller of used games refusing to accept trades, it would appear that, regardless of their stance, Capcom won’t be hurt by used games sales of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Then again, with Gamefly refusing to rent it, and Gamestop warning customers who purchase the game new that they won’t accept trades on it, we don’t expect new copies to sell well, either.