So you just got yourself a Nintendo Switch, congratulations. You take it home, unbox it, hook it up to the TV and then have to decide what to play.
Obviously, you should pick Zelda, but not before finding out how the cartridge tastes. All the cool kids on the internet are doing it. One lick won’t hurt.
Just one lick you say.
Yeah, that was gross. And a totally unnecessary experiment.
Remember kids. Cartridges aren’t food. They are for experiencing games, no matter how hungry you might be.
So why do they taste funky? Is Nintendo playing with us?
It’s actually pretty smart.
Nintendo told Kotaku’s Mike Fahey this:
“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. This bittering agent is non-toxic.”
According to Wikipedia, denatonium benzoate is the most bitter chemical compound known, commonly used as an aversion agent to prevent accidental ingestion, which is why the Switch cards are coated in it. It’s also used in animal repellent, shampoos, soaps and nail-biting prevention.
So there you have it!
Don’t eat your cartridges!
My Nintendo Switch long overdue review will be up tomorrow.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going eat something tasty.
All photos by our resident Photographer Mr. Sambar Anthony.