Cartridge tilting

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Cartridge tilting is an action performed on cartridge-based systems to create otherwise impossible glitches.

Cartridge tilting is not a glitch, but rather the process which creates glitches.


In the middle of the game, slowly and surely wiggle the cartridge and move it from side to side. Eventually, the cartridge will enter a state where its not fully connected to the console but not completely disconnected. Thus, enough information from the cartridge is blocked to glitch up the game, but not enough to make it freeze.

  • Doing this can cause some games to erase their save data.
  • Doing this can ruin your cartridge.
  • Doing this can freeze your game.
  • Doing this can break your video game console.

Notable MentionsEdit

  • The popular internet meme Get-down shows the effects of Cartridge tilting during a game of GoldenEye 007.
  • If this is done to Donkey Kong 64, it will erase your saved data.
  • If this is done on Super Mario 64 in-game, Mario will have glitched arms that randomly flail around without pattern. Also the game will screech, And eventually freeze
  • Doing this with Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time allows access to some debug menus, one of which says "I LOVE YOU", as demonstrated in this video.
  • If it's done to LEGO Racers, the High Voltage Software logo cutscene, the main menu, and all of the levels may break, and also remove your save data like if it's done to Donkey Kong 64.
  • Doing this with Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask will freeze the game instantaneously or glitch out some elements of the game or menus. On some occasions, on the form of freezing, a orange or red line will appear the screen somewhere for a second or two. You can reset your N64, but inputting a sequence of buttons during this will display debugging information, including why the game has froze. On the first part, it will say "RCP is hung up!" followed by "Oh, My God!!" . On the second, shows "I LOVE YOU" on the top of the screen with info on the bottom. A few more show what version of the game you are playing, elements (specifically characters) not present before the game crashed, a screenshot of when the game did crash, a code dump, and a final part displaying "CONGRATURATIONS! All pages are displayed. THANK YOU! You are great debugger!" . The misspelling of congratulations may represent debuggers fixing problems in the game, as talked about here. Time Stamp: 5:57
  • If it is done to Perfect Dark it will permanently freeze your game..
  • Vigilante 8: Second Offense will do the same thing as Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, but the debug information can be shown even during normal operation.
  • If this is done on Hey You! Pikachu! Your Pikachu will have a glitched face as seen here. Some cutscenes will also break, and the audio will sound glitchy.
  • If this is done on Pilotwings 64, the flying equipment will go glitched and the player can't control the game (seen here). After ten seconds, the game will freeze.
  • If this is done on Yoshi's Story, the Yoshi's audio will sound glitched and the text will look broken, which is similar to the effects on Hey You! Pikachu! After a few seconds, the game will crash. Demonstrated in this video.
  • Can cause all Pokemon to be blue in Pokemon Stadium 2.
  • If done on Rayman 3, the game will freeze and audio will glitch out.
  • If done to Gameboys, the screen may glitch out, move the picture down, or move you character from the screen and add weird textures and maybe a list of numbers. Depends on the game.
  • Doing this to duck hunt will corrupt the game.
  • Doing this to Super Smash Bros (N64) will crash your game with black and white lines going down.
  • Doing this to super Mario world will corrupt your game's save data.
  • Doing this to Paper Mario will freeze your game. Next it will do the same thing as the legend of Zelda Majora's mask except it will not have that red screen with words in it. Instead of that red screen with words, your TV will not connect to the game.

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