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A brand new Nintendo console launches tomorrow, but the biggest news people are talking about isn’t how the hardware works, or even how great The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is. No, people are the most fascinated by how disgusting the cartridges taste.
The trend started when Giant Bomb‘s Jeff Gerstmann put an entire copy of Breath of the Wild in his mouth during a livestream, and had a less than favorable reaction. He took to Twitter to share his discovery, and many others responded with similar experiences.
I put that Switch cart in my mouth and I'm not sure what those things are made of but I can still taste it. Do not try this at home.— Jeff Gerstmann (@jeffgerstmann) February 25, 2017
Apparently Nintendo made the Switch cartridges taste bad so kids won’t eat them (need to confirm) but I just licked one and IT’S SO GROSS— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) March 1, 2017
Okay, so, turns out Nintendo Switch cartridges taste awful so kids won't eat them. I, uh, just licked one and can confirm: TASTES BAD MAN.— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) March 1, 2017
As it turns out, Nintendo intended for this terrible taste, as a way to protect children from swallowing the very small SD cartridges that these games come on. A non-toxic chemical soaks each game, that should dissuade any player from licking or eating their new Switch games. A quote obtained from Kotaku explains the process more.
“To avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion, keep the game card away from young children. A bittering agent (denatonium benzoate) has also been applied to the game card.”
The averse chemical is commonly used to make other substances taste bitter and avoid people putting them in or near their mouths. While Nintendo’s intentions for making Switch cartridges bitter were holistic, it hasn’t stopped many fans from mocking the strange decision.
Nintendo had to make Switch carts taste bad because only babies play nintendo games and they need to learn not to eat carts the hard way— 9 V O L T (@9_volt88) March 2, 2017
New review system that we must follow moving forward.— Josiah Renaudin (@JosiahRenaudin) March 2, 2017
Cartridge Mouth Feel:
The new Zelda is looking good, but it might not be to your— Rollin Bishop (@rollinbishop) March 2, 2017
"the nintendo switch cartridges taste bad ew wtf"— sweatband (@Tnilge) March 1, 2017
did you maybe think about NOT trying to eat a video game
The Nintendo Switch, and its gross-tasting cartridges, launch on March 3, 2017.
H/T The Guardian
AJ Moser is a Brooklyn-based reporter who focuses on video games, movies, and internet culture. His work has appeared in Paste Magazine, Game Informer, and Big Spaceship.