Incidentally: Here’s how Nintendo makes Switch game cards that are definitely fit for purpose

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Image: Nintendo Life / Damien McFerran

Nintendo, as we all know, is the only one of the ‘big three’ that doesn’t currently use Blu-ray optical media for its games. Nintendo instead uses a proprietary ‘game card’ cartridge format for its Nintendo Switch consoles – and by going this route it means the Japanese giant has had to come up with a unique way to check the integrity of its products.

Brazilian journalist Necro Felipe shared two images showing the kind of machine Nintendo had to build to test cartridges before they were sent out to the public.

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Image: Necro Felipe

Here is the translation provided by Google:

In Figure 1, we have a robotic machine that checks each cartridge produced by Nintendo.

In Figure 2, a machine developed by Nintendo itself that checks the integrity of the cartridges manually.

So, if you’ve ever wondered how Nintendo tests its game cards before they hit the world, wonder no more. Now we need to see the paint machine in it disgusting coat layer.


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