A Nintendo NES games update has confirmed that old cartridges are being used to smuggle in illegal goods to the United States.
But not just any old contraband, apparently 73 spiders had been hidden in old Famicom game cartridges, which were intercepted at the United States-Mexico border.
According to Mexican newspaper La Crónica de Hoy, 73 plastic tubes were found in the haul, all containing arachnid hosts.
The ten cartridges were intercepted at customs in Guadalajara International Airport earlier this week, with the packages heading for Hanover, Maryland.
Apart from the terrible cruelty being done to the spiders during the trip, it may also scare Nintendo Switch owners to think that their own console games include cartridges that may come from further afield then they know.
Nintendo Games cartridges being used to smuggle spiders isn’t the best news for Switch owners
Fortunately for them, the Nintendo Switch games cartridges are nowhere near the same size as the original NES ones and hopefully there isn’t enough room in the cases either to perform the same trick.
A video of the spiders being uncovered in the Nintendo NES cartridges can be found below, it’s unclear what the authorities plan to do with the smuggled arachnids.
According to the Mexican media, the packages did not have the required documentation and were apparently flagged because of it.
It hasn’t been the only alarming thing turning up in game boxes of late, with reports of a child in Florida finding a bag of Methamphetamine in a used game purchased from GameStop.
The drugs were reportedly found in the game’s instruction book, Gamestop had this to say on the matter to Kotaku: “We are disappointed to hear about the experience one of our customers recently had when purchasing a pre-owned video game from one of our local Tallahassee, Florida stores.
“We work diligently to ensure the quality of our pre-owned items are like new. Unfortunately, in this circumstance our thorough process fell short.
“We are extremely concerned that this incident occurred, and are working with the local police department to support them in their investigation.”
Nintendo games update: Terrifying NES news could haunt Nintendo Switch owners