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Nintendo Switch cartridges taste disgusting but that's not stopping anybody

Mashable | Johnny Lieu | Monday, Mar 6, 2017

The Nintendo Switch. Tastes bad.

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There's plenty of intrigue and excitement when it comes to the imminent launch of the Nintendo Switch. But please, don't put the cartridges in your mouth.

According to reports, the game cartridges themselves taste goddamn awful. While the question of why people started putting them in their mouths to begin with remains, it turns out Nintendo's made them taste bad intentionally.

It's to dissuade children from trying to eat them. Makes sense considering the cartridges are pretty small, and well, children eat everything in their sight.

But that hasn't stopped reporters from having a little taste.

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"Oh my god. It really tastes, oh geez. It's not good at all," a horrified Mike Fahey from Kotaku said in a video. "It's spreading. It was on my tongue, now it's spreading to the back of my mouth."

In a statement provided to The Verge, Nintendo said a non-toxic bittering agent called Denatonium Benzoate has been added to the card in order to prevent young children from ingesting it.

In fact, it's the bitterest substance known to science. It was accidentally discovered in 1958 by Scottish pharmaceutical manufacturer T & H Smith (now Macfarlan Smith,) according to Chemistry World. Only an incredibly small amount of the substance is enough to be distasteful to humans.

But hey. You can't stop humans from eating things that are not meant to be eaten.

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