Did Blowing Into Nintendo Cartridges Actually Help?

When I was a kid with a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), sometimes my games wouldn’t load. But I, like all kids, knew the secret: take out the game cartridge, blow on the contacts, and put it back in. And it seemed to work. (When it failed, I’d just keep trying.)

But looking back, did blowing into the cartridge really help? I’ve talked to the experts, reviewed a study on this very topic, and have the answer.

[by Chris Higgins]

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    When I was a kid with a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), sometimes my games wouldn’t load. But I, like all kids,...
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    So the Answer is No So, dear readers, all signs point to no: blowing in the cartridge did not help. My money is on the...
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    I still blow into my NES cartridges and after reading this I am probably going to continue blowing into my NES...
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