Now Namco Bandai adopts single-save 3DS games

Ben Parfitt
Now Namco Bandai adopts single-save 3DS games

A month after Capcom found itself in the limelight over its decision to prevent gamers erasing game information from 3DS title Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Namco Bandai has seemingly opted to pursue the same strategy.

Now Wired reports that Namco Bandai’s upcoming 3DS title Pac Man & Galaga Dimensions will also feature a single save system, with no ability to delete high scores of game unlocks.

Last month it was discovered that Capcom’s Resident Evil title doesn’t allow for the wiping of game data. A consequence of this is that when sold pre-owned, all copies of the game will still have the progress and achievements of the previous owner stored on the cartridge.

The fallout from this was retailer HMV saying that it would not be accepting traded-in copies of the game. And although other retailers didn’t follow suit, it certainly left an air of unease with consumers.

The implication – and one that Capcom has always strongly denied – is that publishers see the strategy as a way of negatively impacting the pre-owned market surrounding their 3DS titles.

Other 3DS games to incorporate this save design include Sega’s Super Monkey Ball 3D.


Tags: 3ds , save , single , bandai , namco , pac-man

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Personally I don't understand this step at all? I myself have used the "reset" feature on games to wipe the saves, not to sell them on, but to start playing them again from scratch. If you can only really play a game once it loses any future replay value, whether by the original owner or anyone else. I'm sure I'm not the only person to borrow or lend games with friends. These acts just look greedy from a consumer point of view and will not only discourage second hand sales, but will possibly discourage people from buying them in the first place.

Chris Church

Chris Church STUDENT
Jul 27th 2011 at 10:09AM

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Yet again a publisher telling their customers what they want rather than asking them what they want. This will deter any gamer - you can only effectively play the game once - you cannot trade it in or play it pre-owned. You have to ask the question what is the benefit of playing the game - Unless the SRP is £10

Simon Gough

Simon Gough INDUSTRY
Jul 27th 2011 at 11:09AM

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It's a score attack game, so its really no big deal. To say you can only play it once is a massive exageration

Simon Cowley

Simon Cowley INDUSTRY
Jul 27th 2011 at 1:13PM

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