Did blowing into Nintendo cartridges or the game console actually do anything?
No, blowing on the cartridges did not help. In fact, Nintendo actually stated in the NES Game Pak Troubleshooting: “Do not blow into your Game Paks or systems. The moisture in your breath can corrode and contaminate the pin connectors.”
The reason blowing on the cartridges seemed to work for so many of us was most likely because simply removing and reinserting the cartridge gave it another shot at making a proper connection.
Old Nintendo for us Gen Xers snd the like, yes it did indeed help. The same goes with Atari. While sometimes there was a larger issue at hand, blowing dust away did help reboot it so to speak much like wiping off a dvd helps.
yes it did. there are two main results that could happen. if your breath was moist at the time, it could potentially damage contacts of either system but it could mostly help with blowing away dust to make a better contact with the system.
The answers about it "not doing anything" are entirely incorrect.
It blew dust off the copper contacts, allowing the console to read it properly.
Its the same principle as bitflipping due to cosmic rays, as well as the same principle behind "Tilting" to cause glitches.
no - you had to use a q tip and rubbing alcohol to clean the cartridges - and sometimes take the cover off the NES to clean where there cartridge went in - we found out this after throwing a bunch of games away - we were pissed off :) lol
It made you feel you were doing something useful.
It's nice to feel useful.
Nicholas Brown is correct.
Although, blowing into the cartridge would sometimes help.
It was still times that wouldn't even help, so what I started doing was taking a Q-Tip and drip the tip of it into some alcohol; and then I squeezed some of the excess out it out of the tip being careful not to over saturate the connecting tips.
Doing so, allowed me to play the game up to 7 to 10 times after inserting it into the NES (times the games would start up and I could play it).
I started just doing that, besides, I had over 150 games to play back then!
I eventually burned my poor NES out, and had to go back to playing my ColecoVision :-\
Um no but kinda did we got the air out of the cartridges and the dust so it would work it worked tho but it was annoying
Lol but it didn't Rlly it was unessasary
YES! It did.if you haven’t played your game in a long time and there is dust all over it THEN YOUR GOING TO BLOW THE DUST OFF!!i understand that they tell you not to do it because the moisture from your breathe can do some damage the the thingy but if there is dust all over the game you need to blow it off and once you do it will work.it always has for me!if you put your game in the system while it has dust on it then you making it more dirty than blowing off the dust and wiping it!
Absolutely it helps. But instead of using your mouth use compressed air like Dust Off. It's designed for that sort of thing. Works way better, and doesn't have the moisture your breathe has.