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Did blowing into Nintendo cartridges actually help?

By Shawn Knight
Jul 7, 2014
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  1. It's the weekend and that means only one thing: time to play your favorite Nintendo game! You pop the cartridge into your NES, hit the power button and immediately, you're met with either a mess of scrambled graphics on the screen...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Even though I am Russian, it's of no relevance here - the magic hammer works on everything, so why not on Nintendo? ;)
     
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  3. Holyscrap

    Holyscrap TS Enthusiast Posts: 41   +12

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! MY WHOLE LIFE IS A LIE! What next? You gonna tell us that those likes on Facebook don't save the starving kids?
     
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,555   +2,361

    I remember using that trick on N64 cartridges. Then, one day, a GameStop employee told me that it didn't work and actually shortened the life of the contacts. Naturally, I had him thrown in a pit of vipers for contradicting me, but I never did blow into a cartridge again.
     
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  5. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Bhahahha! I did it every time! :D
    good memories! every though it was super annoying at the time.
     
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  6. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 595   +52

    I just used rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip to clean the contacts. Worked every time.
     
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  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    NES:
    I remember blowing in it, running my finger across the bottom of the PCB where the contacts are, hitting it, pushing the cartridge in just enough to push it down, slamming the cartridge in as hard as I f*cking could, and hitting the console. Those were the days....
     
  8. Nintendo cured my asthma
     
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    I actually didn't regularly blow into my cartridges and would tell people that there was no way that could make it work. I would just pop the cartridge out and put it back in or wiggle it while it was still pushed down and power it back up. I would only blow into it after someone had heard me say that a thousand times and then see if they noticed me do it.
     
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,556   +2,900

    If you actually touched the contacts, you likely made your problem worse.
     
  11. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 315   +93

    I always used my dad's can of compressed air to clean off the contacts after it had sat out in the open (room) for awhile.

    Anyways, by blowing on it yourself I understand that it can cause rust (from your mouth due to constant moisture), but I can't see it happening until long after the fact.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    So basically what you're saying is, "a Nintendo cartridge is like a toilet, when it doesn't work, all you have to do is jiggle the handle"!
     
  13. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Booster Posts: 167   +48

    Bs. I know that it works for gbc. how do I know? over 2000h of playing with it. I could insert the game over 20 times and it wouldn't work. then I blow into it and it works instantly. lol no it did not hurt the game unless you spit into it like a goat. games and gbc work fine to this very day after well over 10 years xD
     
  14. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Booster Posts: 167   +48

    Oh and I'd blow into the gbc as well, rith there were the game goes.
     
  15. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112


    WHAT?!?!
     
  16. I like how the article and both links state that it doesn't work, but fail to offer evidence that it doesn't. I didn't blow too much on the Nes cartridges, I spent more time trying to position the cartridge just right before I pushed down. I remember the blowing thing to be much bigger on the 2600 (despite what the linked article states).
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Boy, there's just no putting one over on you, is there?
     
  18. I had always covered my cartridge with my tshirt before blowing into it. Guess I'm just a little smarter than the rest, mahahaha.
     
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Well, I don't think you needed the T-shirt. I think you would have been all right if you just didn't swallow....:cool:

    I know, Staff, I know. But, sometimes I can't help myself.:oops:
     
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  20. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +339

    You only took about 30 years to figure this out.
     
  21. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    I never blew the cartridge unless I could see dust or nasties inside it. Same as I won't instinctly rub the DVD because it said it couldn't read something on the disc. I would look for fingerprints or whatever could be the problem. I mean why the risc in destroying something without looking first?
     
  22. I used my t-shirt, too. and I rememebr sometimes after blowing that way, there'd be a thin line of black dust that came out of the cartridge left on my shirt... so not sure if my parent's house was just dusty a lot, or what it was.
     
  23. Same here. And it actually cleaned the corrosion off the contacts. Never blew into the cartridge ever.
     
  24. I don't see how it couldn't have helped. I understand a human being's breath has moisture and is bad for the electronics but... I remember specifically having to blow into the cartridge to make it work. Sure, I completely agree compressed air without moisture would have been better for it but... simply taking the game out and putting it back in was NOT enough. At least not for the n64. Nice theory though, but I have the experience from the real thing. Experience from hundreds of tries across quite a few games.

    Oh and they still work :)
     
  25. dave68

    dave68 TS Rookie

    I used a pencil eraser...
     

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