So here we are, a day before the launch of arguably the most anticipated Zelda title since Ocarina of Time and, of course, rumours and spoilers are spilling across the infinite universe of the internet. One quite surprising rumour, however, has caught the Internet’s attention today; Switch game cartridges deliberately taste bad.

Sounds crazy, right?

Well, maybe not as crazy as you’d think. After various lucky reviewers reported a bad tasting cartridge, following Jeff Gerstmann’s tweet on the matter, Nintendo have actually confirmed that they have deliberately made game cartridges taste bad. Subsequently, Kotaku discovered his Breath of The Wild cartridge also had an unusually bad taste, so they queried Nintendo on why this was.

Jeff from Giant Bomb doesn’t approve!

A Nintendo spokesperson replied: “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.” If you ever had a problem biting your nails and got that stuff to put on them to make them taste bad, you might recognise the taste.

I personally think this is a fantastic idea. What with all the gormless faces glued to their new favourite consoles I can imagine there may be some incidents of sneaky children trying to eat all competition for attention. If the taste is anything as bad as I remember it, it will definitely save some lives! That, or create a new generation of cartridge-licking maniacs.

What do you think of Nintendo’s latest safety measure? A genius movement or a pointless expense?

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