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I purchased Elite Beat Agents used, and there's no apparent way to delete the data that's saved on the game from the previous owner.

Is there a way to reset the game?

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What game is it? – Noctrine Jul 7 '10 at 23:45
Just blow on the pins sharply. – Eight Days of Malaise Jul 8 '10 at 1:22
up vote 13 down vote accepted

It's in the manual on page 11 but just in case you didn't get a manual with your used game :

  1. Launch the game wait for the screen with red Nintendo letters on a black screen.
  2. Then press AND hold the L, R, A, B, X, and Y buttons all at the same time.
  3. This will give you the option to erase the saved data.
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This worked perfectly. Thanks! – cowgod Jul 8 '10 at 2:11

Some games provide a button combination pressed on the main menu or title screen that allows you to erase all save data. It is usually in the instruction manual, or you could look it up.

(Usually, a soft reset refers to a way to power off and on the game console easier than sliding / pressing the power button.)

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All games are different, yet all the ones i've come across definitely have a way of doing it, so as Mew2468 says you're better off looking for the manual or through the menus, or post up which game you have specifically. – Callan Jul 8 '10 at 1:20
I updated the question to name the game. I had wrongfully assumed it was the same button combination for all games, so I made the question more general. – cowgod Jul 8 '10 at 1:51
Yeah, it's a little confusing how there isn't a universal way to erase save data. And I think you mean more specific. :) – Kevin Yap Jul 8 '10 at 2:22
@Kevin While there's not a universal way, are there any ways used commonly enough that they're worth trying on games we're not sure of the method for? – Fambida Sep 14 '11 at 15:29
@Fambida: The method answered by MarmouCorp (A+B+X+Y+L+R during startup) is common. – user2640 Mar 26 '12 at 16:53

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