Now that the Nintendo Switch is available in stores, we’ve finally been able to get a better understanding of some of the more intricate parts of the system, such as how Joy-Cons feel over long sessions, what the UI is like and even what the console’s cartridges taste like (of course).
While individuals first started reporting a few days ago how bad the games tasted, Nintendo has now spoken out and confirmed that the bitter taste is intentional and was applied in order to discourage young children from eating them.
“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.”
The agent is commonly used in animal repellent, soaps and nail-biting prevention, so the unpleasant taste is not surprising. Still, it’s reassuring to learn that the substance won’t harm you if, for some reason, you decide to carry on licking the cartridges. When the cartridges hold games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild though, we’re more than willing to put up with a little unpleasantness.
We’ll have plenty more on the Switch (although not so much on its nutritional value) in the coming days.