Hardware scratches on nintendo switch cartridge pins?

Are the pins are you Nintendo switch cartridges scratched?

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Jacobf0303

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Hi, I was looking at my Nintendo switch cartridges and noticed some pretty bad scratches on the pins, this may not be a huge deal now... but what about in 20 years when the switch is "retro" and you can't find any working games?

Here's a couple pictures of my Super Mario Odysessy cartridge: https://imgur.com/a/4vnLZ

Do your games have scratches? Vote in the poll above.
 

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Those are some shitty pictures where you can't see scratches at all... but yeah. These are common in the slider system that is used in systems.

Here is a picture of an SD card with the exact same problem.
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It still works, worst case scenario: it will stop working after a long period of abuse ;) but that is not something what is your mistake!
 
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Those are some shitty pictures where you can't see scratches at all... but yeah. These are common in the slider system that is used in systems.

Here is a picture of an SD card with the exact same problem. View attachment 112631

It still works, worst case scenario: it will stop working after a long period of abuse ;) but that is not something what is your mistake!
I did my best. the reason they are so bad is because you can only see the scratches with perfect lighting and the perfect angle, which is hard to capture on a camera.
 
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The pins scratch off a microscopic layer of the gold contacts.
There's literally nothing to worry about as it's completely normal.

If they do end up dying which shouldn't happen unless you got a shitty clone flashcard, apply a tiny bit of solder to the pins, just a tiny tiny amount.
 

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NES cartridges don't really get scratched, they just get dirty
I can't really tell about NES cartridges, as I was a Famicom kid, but nonetheless my Famicom cartridges scratched always with the same pattern, and they still work today (more than 30 years later).

I can say the same about my Megadrive cartridges.
 

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but what about in 20 years when the switch is "retro" and you can't find any working games?
you can always apply a new layer of metal to it like some solder in case the pins go to bad to a point the console doesn't read them anymore

all cartridges have this issue, even memory cards, but usually are made in a good quality that you don't have to worry about it
 
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I can't really tell about NES cartridges, as I was a Famicom kid, but nonetheless my Famicom cartridges scratched always with the same pattern, and they still work today (more than 30 years later).

I can say the same about my Megadrive cartridges.
NES cartridges suffered just the same.
 

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NES cartridges suffered just the same.
I'm an NES collector and every cartridge I buy I take apart I clean before I use it, maaaybe 1 or 2 of my games in my 23 cartridge collection have scratches, maybe you have a system with extremely tight pins or something.
 

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I'm an NES collector and every cartridge I buy I take apart I clean before I use it, maaaybe 1 or 2 of my games in my 23 cartridge collection have scratches, maybe you have a system with extremely tight pins or something.
Sure, we'll go with that.
 

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