Rewind·Posted on Jan 14, 2013Blowing Into Your Nintendo Cartridges Didn't Actually HelpSave your breath.by Hunter SchwarzBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Back when our video games came in cartridges... media.photobucket.com ...we would blow into them if they didn't work. nintendolife.com But it turns out blowing into a Nintendo cartridge doesn't actually help. playcloths.com See, we thought we were blowing off dust, when in fact we were just lining the cartridge with a layer of moisture. videogameconsolelibrary.com And long term, that probably wasn't the best thing. sodahead.com Someone even did an experiment to see the effects of blowing on the cartridges. digitpress.com And it only took a month for this to happen. mentalfloss.com So imagine what happened after doing that for years. blog.extraface.com Even Nintendo says not to do it. nintendo.com The reason cartridges wouldn't work wasn't necessarily because they were dirty... Flickr: videocrab / Via http://Kevin%20Simpson ...but because they had these pin connectors that wouldn't connect with the hardware sometimes. technipages.com So just taking the cartridges out and putting it in again until it worked was all you had to do. theverge.com But, whatever, blowing on it made us feel better. nintendo.com You can read more about the effects of blowing on cartridges here.