Update (3/2): Kotaku got a quote from Nintendo confirming that its Switch cartridges are indeed covered in what the site says is “the most bitter chemical compound known, commonly used as an aversion agent to prevent accidental ingestion.” Here’s Nintendo’s comment:
“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.”
Original post (3/1): The Nintendo Switch is out this Friday, but in case you can't wait to track one down and pop a tiny, tantalizing $60 game cartridge into your mouth, the word is out: Nintendo's new console's games taste like shit :(
Following the unthinkable reports of the Switch's offensive flavor palette, The Verge had its executive editor, Dieter Bohn, do a completely standard taste test on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. His verdict: “It tastes like insecticide. It is literally the worst thing. ... It won’t go away. I don’t want to do this again.”
Various folks on Twitter also sensible enough to treat their tastebuds agree that the games for Nintendo's first new home console since 2012's Wii U do not taste at all good:
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
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
I made Colm lick Just Dance. They taste like that nail varnish you could get to stop you biting your nails. Like dandelions. https://t.co/Ue8WnpDeXg— Alice Bell (@BabyGotBell) March 1, 2017
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
Kotaku actually did the real work of tasting every cartridge-based Nintendo console's culinary offerings,
if when you need to dig deeper.
One GIF floating around shows Giant Bomb's Jeff Gerstmann taking on the totally normal task of popping the ol' Switch game into his mouth and coming out thoroughly scathed:
"The Switch’s cartridges are really small, and could present a choking hazard," The Next Web reasons.
Tour E3's crazy Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild area, including gameplay: