Here's Why Nintendo Switch Cartridges Taste Really Bad

The cartridges are covered with a non-toxic bittering agent.


With the Nintendo Switch set to arrive in just a matter of hours now, Nintendo has confirmed one more detail about it: its game cartridges taste really bad. They are covered in a non-toxic material that is meant to discourage people from putting them in their mouths, a Nintendo representative confirmed.

"A bittering agent (Denatonium Benzoate) has also been applied to the game card," the spokesperson told Polygon. The Nintendo representative added that it's a good idea to keep the small Switch cartridges out of the reach of children so as to "avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion."

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Denatonium Benzoate is the "most bitter chemical compound known to humanity," according to Polygon.

Jeff Gerstmann, the founder of GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb, put a Switch cartridge in his mouth and immediately wished he hadn't. For more on how Switch games taste, check out GameSpot's taste test video above.

In other Switch news, a recent report from a research firm predicted that the system will sell 5 million units in 2017. For more, check out GameSpot's review of the Nintendo Switch.

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