Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
January 20, 2019
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Nintendo confirms Switch cartridges taste terrible, aren't food

Nintendo confirms Switch cartridges taste terrible, aren't food

March 2, 2017 | By Chris Kerr

March 2, 2017 | By Chris Kerr
More: Console/PC, Design

In recent days, you might've seen some people on social media wondering why Switch game cartridges taste so hellishly bad. 

Sure, the tiny carts weren't designed to be scoffed, but as many adventurous eaters have pointed out, the fact that they repel taste buds so efficiently is downright weird. 

GiantBomb co-founder Jeff Gerstmann was the first unfortunate soul to nibble on a Switch title, and he quickly raised the alarm on Twitter. Naturally, that prompted a feeding frenzy, with console owners everywhere chowing down in the name of what we assume was science. 

With madness taking hold, Nintendo has finally reared its head to explain away the offensive flavor.

In a statement to Kotatu, the console maker revealed it has deliberately coated Switch game cards in a non-toxic bitterness agent called Denatonium Benzoate to stop people "accidentally ingesting" them. 

According to Wikipedia, it's the most bitter chemical compound on the planet, and is often used in animal-repellent, antifreeze, and nail biting prevention varnishes.

Now, while we're sure (most) mature players wouldn't dream of gobbling up their favorite game, it seems like a smart way to stop younger, more carefree humans from accidentally eating them -- which actually makes perfect sense.

Related Jobs

Monomi Park
Monomi Park — San Mateo, California, United States

Senior Game Designer
Heart Machine
Heart Machine — Los Angeles, California, United States

Level Designer
Heart Machine
Heart Machine — Culver City, California, United States

Gameplay Engineer
Wargaming Sydney
Wargaming Sydney — Broadway, New South Wales, Australia

Lead Artist

Loading Comments

loader image