Nintendo has confirmed one of the most bizarre rumors surrounding the Switch: that its cartridges “taste bad” on purpose.
One of the strangest reports that trickled in in the pre-release of the Nintendo Switch was that its cartridges taste bad. And not just the usual plastic taste you’d expect from something made out of plastic, but incredibly, almost, purposefully bad. “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,” one user Tweeted.
Well, Nintendo has now actually come out and confirmed that Nintendo Switch cartridges taste bad on purpose. “To avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion, keep the game card away from young children,” Nintendo told Kotaku “A bittering agent (Denatonium Benzoate) has also been applied to the game card. This bittering agent is non-toxic.”
So there you go, in order to discourage young children, who are ever willing to put whatever they can find into their mouth, from eating your Nintendo Switch games, they have been coated with a foul-tasting chemical. It’s the monarch butterfly of the video game ecosystem.