The recently released Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, which contains six iterations of the two titular games, allows you to compare your scores with friends and other people worldwide. However, the game will not keep track of old scores on a score table. Instead, when a new high score is achieved, that score simply overwrites the previous one, so you can’t compare your old scores to newer ones, nor can you do so with a friend on that cart. Not only that, you also can’t reset your save data, so you can’t erase that old score and start anew.
Earlier this year, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D‘s unresettable save data caused controversy with its lack of option to reset save data. In addition, other 3DS games like Super Monkey Ball 3D, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D also have this same restriction.
Analysis: While the lack of save data reset isn’t as egregious in an arcade game like this, it still presents a foreboding trend in unresettable save data, particularly on the 3DS. It’s an arbitrary exclusion, especially since the vast majority of games on older systems did not have this limitation. My concern is that this will spread to games where this will be more of a detriment, such as a game where you don’t have the option to replay previous stages or areas unless you begin a new game, as well as those that would normally feature a New Game+ option. Given how the single save file affected Mercenaries‘ secondhand sales, I still believe this is a move specifically aimed at discouraging reselling the games, despite what any PR says otherwise.