Okay Capcom, we admit it. We're a little confused.
We've seen several publishers institute a method of combating used game sales (of which those publishers never see a dime); it's the paid online pass. Basically, if you buy the game new, you don't pay to play online; if you purchase it used, you won't get the online pass code that comes in the box, and you have to pay $10 to compete online.
But this may be taking everything to a whole new level- According to Eurogamer , Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS has a message in the manual, which reads- "saved data on this software cannot be reset." Hence, you can't delete save data and start a new game, so it's really only playable once . Eurogamer has seen the UK version in front of them, and Tiny Cartridge has posted up pics of the US manual, too. Is this a new way of combating used game sales? I mean, you wouldn't even be able to sell this game used at all , right?
But what if you wanted to play it again? What if you just lent it to a friend? The game is rendered useless after one play-through? That can't be correct. …can it?