Nintendo Switch Games Taste Terrible

And it’s all because of those pesky kids.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 03/05/2017 16:30 4 Comments     ShareThis

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.

Source: Kotaku

4 Responses to “Nintendo Switch Games Taste Terrible”

  • 213 points
    PanurgeJr says...

    I was able to resist tasting Breath of the Wild, because I’m old enough that my first Zelda game was The Legend of Zelda. But I do have to thank whoever took a clip of Kanna eating something on the beach in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and editing it to Kanna eating a Switch cartridge. Poor Kanna.

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  • 357 points
    geoffrey says...

    Darn right I’ll be licking a cartridge whenever I’m able to find a system.

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    Matthew Tidman says...

    True story. They taste super gross. That said, after I’d tasted it, I let my dog lick the game cartridge, and he was ready to go to town on it, if I had let go of it.

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  • 1358 points
    xeacons says...

    The thought of cartridge-licking had never crossed my mind until now. You’ve peaked my interest.

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