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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Why do Nintendo Switch game cartridges taste bad? They're meant to!

A bitter tasting ingredient has been added to new Nintendo Switch game cartridges to stop children eating them Nintendo have confirmed.

Denatonium Benzoate sometimes called Bitterant has been added to give the cartridge a very bitter taste.

The compound was discovered in Edinburgh by MacFarlan Smith in 1958 during research into local anesthetics and registered as Bitrex.

A Nintendo spokesman said “To avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion, keep the game card away from young children. A bittering agent has also been applied to the game card. This bittering agent is non-toxic.”

Nintendo Switch's return to cartridges is due to its small footprint, allowing gamers to switch between handheld and TV mode simply. Games load faster and don't have lengthy install times as with PS4 and XOne.

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