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Capcom's Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D has Australian trouble. Although the country's residents are used to being denied games due to objectionable content, this time the matter's one of commercial viability. Specifically, the way Mercenaries' save-games can't be deleted, meaning that EB Games can neither resell second-hand copies nor allow their customary 7-day returns. Result: Australians will have to import, or make do with only 999,999 other action games about zombies.
Capcom denies that permanent saves cripple the game's resale value, pleading that the cartridges are physically designed without the flash ROM required for rewritable files, instead saving directly to the cartridge itself. Really? That's what they're going with? So if data can't be deleted from the cartridge, does that mean each new save writes to a new section on the cart, and players will one day receive a “Scores cannot be updated – cartridge memory full” message? Do they think we know nothing about how cartridges work? (We don't, but that's not the point.)
Above: In this image, Rebecca Chambers represents EB Games, and the zombie is Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Obviously
Others have suggested that the recall may be a convenient excuse on EB's part to pull the title after it was put on sale before the release date. The title is officially scheduled to release on June 30th in Australia. At time of writing, the title has disappeared from EB's internal release list. Are you shocked, or merely scandalized?
Jun 28, 2011