Gamestop refuses to accept trade-ins for ‘Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D’

not rentable at gamefly 300x175 Gamestop refuses to accept trade ins for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Gamefly won't be renting the game, due to it having only one PERMANENT save file

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 We also relayed the news (and have since unpublished it) but decided to follow up personally with several Gamestop locations, primarily because we were curious what the specific trade-in value would be.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.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    On the face of it this does not sound like a smart move. I can see keeping the high score and not worrying about second-hand users, but keeping level ups locked in too means that it is really only any use to one player per household. If this is true, and I’ll wait for them to confirm it, then Capcom will have shot themselves in the foot.

    • Im happy to see Gamestop and Gamefly stepping up and taking a stand against this and not just accepting what ever the companies hand to them. If Capcom wants to hinder themselves than let them but dont let them hinder or control Gamestop and Gamefly. By doing things such as this they can only hurt themselves and the gamers. @Mukkinese It has been confirmed. This news has been around for about 3 or 4 days if it wasn’t true sites such as VGW would be reporting so. The only way this will change, which i doubt it will, is if Capcom does some sort of recall and completely rewrite that part of the game.

      • I wonder if this save system can be altered via a Spotpass update?

        • I wouldn’t think so. But I wouldn’t know one bit about that. But as posted on Facebook, I guess Gamestop is going to start taking the used copies as of tomorrow. That’s crap IMO. Was hoping Gamestop would stand up to Capcom.

          UPDATE: I just saw an ad for Gamefly and they advertised RE: The Mercenaries 3D

    • Jen Bosier says:

      Mukkinese — You bring up an excellent point that may, in fact, be yet another hindrance for this system: multiple players in a household. For instance, with RPGs like “Fable” and “Oblivion,” my husband and I had multiple saves because we both played a character. Or, after a game was finished, the other person would play it (in case of games with checkpoints). This may also discourage such activities.

  2. One thing is clear– the usefulness to the players was not an important factor in their decision to cripple the game this way. i would REALLY like to hear the justification for this “feature” that can be said with a straight face and that does not translate into “MOAR MONIES!!!”


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