Why do Nintendo Switch gamers keep licking their video game cartridges?
While Nintendo is leaving no efforts to make the mega launch of its Nintendo Switch gaming console, many gamers who already have managed to get their hands on the gaming console aren’t busy playing the latest games or testing out the console’s unique format. Instead, they are licking the Nintendo Switch cartridges!
Actually, they are licking the games because the gaming cartridges are bitter! Nintendo it seems has coated the Nintendo Switch cartridges with a chemical called denatonium benzoate. Now, denatonium benzoate is used by many companies as a rat poison and also an antifreeze. Many companies coat doll and other toys with denatonium benzoate to deter small tots from licking or chewing the toy. Parents use denatonium benzoate based solutions to deter nail-biting addiction among their wards.
Why exactly is Nintendo using denatonium benzoate in Nintendo Switch cartridges and why exactly are gamers licking the cartridge?
Nintendo has coated the Nintendo Switch gaming cartridges as a safety measure to stop small children and pets from eating the cartridges. While there is no adverse health effects from consuming denatonium benzoate, it does leave a sour, bitter taste. And the bitter taste lasts for hours together according to some of the gamers who have been licking Nintendo Switch cartridge.
It seems that gamers are doing exactly opposite of what Nintendo intended. To be more accurate, people are licking the game cartridges that come with the Switch in an exact reversal of what Nintendo intended to happen.
In fact, there is a Twitter war out there among whose Nintendo Switch cartridge tastes more bitter!
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.
— Jeff Gerstmann (@jeffgerstmann) February 25, 2017
Okay, so, turns out Nintendo Switch cartridges taste awful so kids won't eat them. I, uh, just licked one and can confirm: TASTES BAD MAN.
— Alanah Pearce @ GDC (@Charalanahzard) March 1, 2017
Apparently Nintendo made the Switch cartridges taste bad so kids won’t eat them (need to confirm) but I just licked one and IT’S SO GROSS
— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) March 1, 2017
Nintendo cartridge challenge pic.twitter.com/gMuNbUbhsV
— eiko olijkan (@eikofilms) March 2, 2017
Nintendo: We made the cartridge taste bad so kids don't eat it.
Adults: I heard this taste bad so I'm going to eat it.
— Kamen Rider Rorogue (@SawADogOnce) March 2, 2017
if my friends and fans donate $900 to my paypal i will eat a new nintendo cartridge
— rice, tower master (@snackfaIcon) March 3, 2017
GREAT NOW I NEED TO LICK A NINTENDO SWITCH CARTRIDGE
— nier ruined my life (@sleepyspook) March 2, 2017
Strange are the ways of the world!!!