EB Games Australia will pull all copies of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D tomorrow (when the game's due to launch) over news of the inability to erase the game's save data.
According to 'sources' speaking to Vooks, the retailer is rejecting the game over Capcom's decision not to allow users to erase save data from the cart, which essentially ruins the re-sale value of pre-owned copies being as the second owner will never be able to start afresh.
The permanent save file also apparently invalidates the store's 7-day returns policy because users simply won't be able to return their carts "as new".
Reports of the game's permanent save file surfaced over the weekend when early copies found their way into the hands of surprised gamers. It was immediately speculated this was a move by Capcom to combat pre-owned sales of the game, although the publisher has denied that notion.
"In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset", Capcom has since stated. Sounds like someone wanted to save money on the internal flash memory usually used for save data.