Nintendo Switch cartridges are coated with chemicals so you won’t eat them
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Nintendo Switch cartridges are coated with chemicals so you won’t eat them


We're concerned if you're hungry for plastic.

Nintendo has confirmed that Switch cartridges are coated in a special “bittering agent” to prevent people from eating them.

“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,” a statement from Nintendo to IGN reads.

This, of course, prompted video game journalists to decide they needed to try out cartridges as a snack.

Little. Deadly (but not really) — don’t eat your video games, folks.

Dey so teeny! Xbox Elite controller for scale. #Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is available today — we reviewed the console here, and one bitter cartridge, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, here.

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