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Submitted by -Mezzo- 1156d ago | article

Nintendo Told Us All Along That Blowing On The Cartridge Wouldn’t Work

Kotaku - The popular myth has been debunked: you can't blow on cartridges to make them work. Actually, blowing on the cartridge might damage it. Sorry, folks. It's true. (Nintendo, Retro)

Snookies12  +   1157d ago
Dang, I used to do this all the time when I was younger... It worked in my mind at least lol!
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1156d ago
This debunks nothing. They don't even show regular NES games that blowing on it worked.

"No, don't blow on it! Buy our cleaning solution instead... ya, pay us instead of blowing on it and fixing it for free!"

I don't believe the debunk. They just want you to buy their cleaner. Blowing on NES games worked to get them fixed. All of us old school gamers KNOW this.
TheTwelve  +   1156d ago
Amen. I have years of evidence to back it up. Game wouldn't load. Took it out. Blew on it. It worked. This happened over 100 times, easy.

Bumpmapping  +   1157d ago
Durrr it was pin connector old news next!
LOL_WUT  +   1157d ago
I used to put rubbing alcohol on a Q-Tip to make it work or blow on the cartridge.
Tetsujin  +   1156d ago
As I got older I did the alcohol thing, back in Elementary/Middle School was a different story.
OneAboveAll  +   1156d ago
It did work. Otherwise millions of people woudln't have done it when you had lint lodged in it. HUR DUR Nintards.
ApolloTheBoss  +   1156d ago
Lol, no, I debunk your debunk. Almost everytime I'd blow on my cartridge it would work afterwards. You won't tarnish my childhood beliefs! :p
Tetsujin  +   1156d ago
Another semi anti-Nintendo article? Oh nevermind, I saw the site...
wishingW3L  +   1156d ago
I just poured some cheap perfume on them and it always worked with NES, SNES but I never had issues with N64 cartridges though. XD
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noxeven  +   1156d ago
Only you could get your system to work. Everyone had there own technique to get theres to work. That's how it was and that is how it will stay. You can say myth debunk all you want but until the mythbusters do it. Eh I think a lot of us will still stick to our secret methods whatever they may be!
Pozzle  +   1156d ago
'Course it works. It dislodges bits of dust and dirt that might be blocking the little metal prong things. I bought an old copy of Banjo Tooie off ebay the other day. It didn't work, so I blew on the cartridge a couple of times. A heap of dust came out of the bottom, and after that it worked perfectly.
3GenGames  +   1156d ago
As an NES programmer, I can attest to the fact that it's a placebo. Blowing only worked for a few minutes because your breath condensates on the connector and provides a few minutes of good contact. It's not a replacement for actually cleaning and fixing up your system. Clean games with a little bit of Weimans Glass Stove Top cleaner, clean the pin in a sink with just water (replace if not tight) and then it'll work flawless.

But blowing in to it damaging it? Unless you exhale battery acid, it's not going to damage anything really.
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Persistantthug  +   1156d ago
@3GenGames.....What about rust?
Moisture over time can create rust, right?
3GenGames  +   1156d ago
Nope, that's why it's made of gold and not silver, which will tarnish over time just being in the air. The only thing gold gets on it is a fine layer of dirt that can't be seen, but has to be removed to play correctly all the time.
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fr0sty  +   1156d ago
I had been told by a sega rep on the phone that the best way to go about it (without using cleaners) was to repeatedly push the cart in and out of it's socket in the system, which will clean the connection. It worked for me.
rapidturtle  +   1156d ago
I thought it worked quite well.
Deku-Johnny  +   1156d ago
Thank you for ruining my childhood, Kotaku.
Mikefizzled  +   1156d ago
If you can convince them it wouldn't work they might buy a new cartridge, Which from a business point of view makes sense.
Fatty  +   1156d ago
It totally worked. My years of NES, SNES, and N64 (and some Gameboy) experience doing it is proof enough for me.

Usually the best way, though, was q-tips and rubbing alcohol.
jjb1981  +   1156d ago
I dipped a Super Nintendo cartridge in hot water for 3 mins and it still worked.... Long story...
dkgshiz  +   1156d ago
But it did.
Macho Man  +   1156d ago
Macho Man thinks it woulda been nice, yeah, it woulda been SWELL if Nintendo kept providing caps for the cartridges they tossed ovurrr to us with the first few generation of them SNES games, YEAH! They kept the dust out real good, no need to BLOWWWWWWWYEAH all over them, yeah. All the cheap ways to save 50 cents er whatever.

TemplarDante  +   1156d ago
It worked for me. It worked for you.
So it works. :)
As a kid, I had no idea its what kids did all over the world! Yet we all did. :)
I grew up in a poor neibourhood, no one else had a console, so the entire community kids played at my house and I told them blowing the disc would make it work, it always did. lol.

After many years when the NES starting acting up, tapping it/hitting it did the trick. Are they going to disprove that also? Lol
Darkiat  +   1156d ago
Bullshit, it worked.
ZombieStalker  +   1155d ago
Blowing on the connector on a game cartridge did work. The saliva from blowing on the connector could damage the connector over time, which is why Nintendo didn't want consumers blowing on the connectors. Rubbing alcohol, which a high percentage, was the preferred unofficial method.

The "official" cleaning tool used friction to remove oxidization on the connector.

Worthless article.

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