Brazilian journalist Necro Felipe (opens in new tab) has shared images of special hardware used by Nintendo to inspect and test the integrity of game cartridges for the Nintendo Switch.
According to Felipe, the machine in the first image is what's used to inspect the cartridges, with several of them visible on a conveyor belt. The second device, which is shaped like a box, is what's used to manually check the cartridge's integrity.
Felipe doesn't share any detailed specifics on how these devices work, but they claim that the second one was developed specifically by Nintendo itself. It's also believed that this is the first time either of these devices have been shown to the public in any capacity.
Pra galera que gosta de curiosidades:Na figura 1 temos uma máquina robotizada para inspeção de cada um dos cartuchos fabricados pela NintendoNa figura 2, uma máquina desenvolvida pela própria Nintendo para checagem manual da integridade dos cartuchos pic.twitter.com/8Jp3darhBYJanuary 14, 2022
Nintendo loves it cartridges
No doubt Nintendo had to create its own bespoke software since, out of the big three console manufacturers, it's the only one to release its games on cartridges instead of discs.
Nintendo has consistently used them since the original NES. It did transition to discs for the GameCube, Wii, and Wii U, although its handheld consoles like the Game Boy Advance and DS line stuck to cartridges.
The Switch cartridges quickly gained a reputation for tasting terribly when the console launched. This is because of a special bittering agent that's applied to them, no doubt done so by another machine.
We still don't understand why people began tasting the cartridges in the first place, but this was obviously done to help prevent small children from accidentally eating one.
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