Nintendo Switch: Safety Concerns

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The Nintendo Switch is the seventh major home video game console developed by Nintendo but its March launch has been shrouded in controversy over safety concerns.

The amazing game has gained huge popularity points but the coverings to the cartridges could be lethal to small children

The Switch cartridges are about a quarter of the size of a Nintendo 3DS cartridge. Their SD chips, which are put into many technology devices such as cameras, have black colouring so can easily be lost on the floor or anywhere really.

There have been multiple reports of children putting them in their mouths saying they taste gross and spitting them out or, even worse, swallowing them. The trouble is these cartridges are covered with an acid called denatonium benzoate, which is often used in rat poison.

This acid is one of the worst tasting chemicals ever to be known to man. Nintendo said they covered the game cartridges with it to deter anyone swallowing or choking on them.


Toby, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

2 Responses to Nintendo Switch: Safety Concerns

  1. Maddie k May 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Great article Toby, I have seen the Nintendo Switch Cartridge challenge on YouTube but I never realized they actually tasted bad. 🙂👋

  2. Thomas B June 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Wow Toby, I didn’t know they tasted so bad.

    My dad has one and I am totally hooked, but other people hate the switch!