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It’s OK To Be Smart: Why Did We Blow on Nintendo Game Cartridges?

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If you grew up in the 1980s as did I, you blew into a Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge more than a few times. I did, and I still have my non-functioning NES (and a Power Glove!) stored safely away for eventual repair. But did blowing into the cartridge really work to aid in the weird NES start-up glitches? That depends on who you speak with about it, but the one thing I’ve heard most over the years has been confirmed by Nintendo themselves – that blowing into the cartridge can cause damage by corroding it due to the moisture in your breath. This week, PBS Digital Studios’ IT’S OK TO BE SMART looks into the mystery of “Why Did we Blow On Nintendo Games?” Take a look at what they have to say about it…

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