The rumors people have heard about the Nintendo Switch are absolutely true: the cartridges taste nasty and there’s a good reason for that. Rumors about new consoles can be tough to pick out from fact but this one is most definitely true and it’s all about protecting the kids… and stupid adults.
The rumor that the cartridges would have a foul taste were circulating so those adults who got their hands on early copies did what any adult would do: they put them in their mouths. Following the instant regret was a nasty, bitter flavor meant to remind kids that you shouldn’t go sticking $60 game cartridges into your mouth no matter how small they may be. A spokesperson from Nintendo commented on the bitter reality of the cart’s nature:
“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.”
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
So, there it is. Nintendo has made their carts taste nasty so kids don’t choke on them. It probably wasn’t necessary, but it’s nice to find out they are looking out for the little ones.