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HMV refuses Resident Evil Mercenaries trade-ins

High street retailer takes opposite stance to rivals Game and Gamestation

Prominent high-street retailer HMV has confirmed it won't accept trade-ins of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.

The company confirmed its position to VG247. The game features a controversial system that writes saved data to the 3DS cartridge, at which point it cannot be erased.

Gennaro Costaldo, head of PR for HMV, informed VG247 of the company's position after a confusing period during which the Australian arm of Electronics Boutique was rumoured to have pulled the game from its shelves, and Gamestop reversed a decision to prevent trade-ins at its stores in the US.

Costaldo attributed the move to avoiding, "potential customer disappointment for those purchasing a pre-owned version."

The news follows a spokesperson for Capcom telling Eurogamer that UK customers, "will not experience a reduced second-hand value should they wish to trade in their purchase."

Eurogamer also confirmed that Game and Gamestation will be allowing trade-ins.

Capcom denied that the feature is an attempt to push back against used-game sales, telling Giantbomb that, "the nature of the game invites high levels of replayability in order to improve mission scores."

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is on sale this Friday.

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