The Nintendo Switch is finally out and social media is now flooded with gamers and journalists giving their opinion on the console’s games, specs, portability and, uhm, taste?
Released worldwide on Friday, the highly anticipated new gaming console is sending gaming netizens in a frenzy over the bitter taste of the Switch’s game cartridge.
There is now a *genre* of tweet about people trying to taste the Nintendo Switch cartridges
— mcc / gdc (@mcclure111) March 1, 2017
nintendo: we made this taste bad so children won’t try to eat it
a bunch of adults: oh what really *try to eat it* AUGH IT TASTES BAD
— 🌱🍀 eevee 🍀🌱 (@eevee) March 1, 2017
Apparently, Nintendo has coated the small-sized cartridges in a bittering agent to keep children from popping them into their mouths.
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 (@Charalanahzard) March 1, 2017
As many Twitter users have professed, it tastes disgusting:
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
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
Multiple Youtubers have also been uploading videos of their own cartridge taste tests:
According to Nintendo, the cartridges were applied with denatonium benzoate to achieve what is considered as the most bitter possible taste. It is the same bittering agent used by manufacturers in cables and wires to prevent rodents from chewing on them.
And since Nintendo has claimed that the compound is non-toxic, expect more licking to come as more gamers get their hands on the “hybrid” console.
Nintendo Switch, which is currently earning early good reviews, is Nintendo’s seventh major home console.