February 19, 2023

The Forgotten Eject Button on the SNES: Did Anyone Ever Use It?

This post may contain affiliate links from places like Amazon and Green Man Gaming — and we may earn a small commission when you click these links. All earnings will go to keeping this website as minimally ad-free as possible. Learn more here.

The Forgotten Eject Button on the SNES: Did Anyone Ever Use It?

By Nick | February 19, 2023

If you’re a retro gaming fan, you know that the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was one of the most popular consoles. But did you ever notice that weird little grey button nestled between the power and reset switches?

Believe it or not, this button had a purpose, and it wasn’t just to confuse gamers either. Let’s look at why the SNES included an eject button and what it was really used for.

 In this blog post, we take a look at the forgotten eject button on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and ask if anyone ever used it.

The Purpose of the Eject Button

In the 90s, video game cartridges were less reliable than they are today. There was even a term for when your cartridge wouldn’t work; it was called “blowing into it," in which gamers would blow into the cartridge to get it to work. Unfortunately, this process was a hit-and-miss and left many users with no other options. This is where the eject button comes in.

When gamers encountered an issue with their cartridge and couldn't get it to work, they could press and hold down the Eject button on their console while turning on their system. This would force the console to recognize that there was no cartridge inserted, reset itself, and prompt them to insert one.

Of course, if nothing else worked, then gamers could remove or reinsert their cartridges manually, but if all else failed, pressing and holding down the eject button did come in handy.

The other use of this mysterious little button can be found in certain games from Japan that utilized multiple cartridges at once (such as Street Fighter II). Players could press and hold down both Eject buttons simultaneously while turning on their system to switch between cartridges without having to take out each one manually. This would cause any currently-inserted cartridges to be ejected from both slots so players could switch them out quickly and easily.

But the real reason the 'eject' button was left intact was straightforward: it was used for entertainment. Gunpei Yokoi, a top game designer and long-time Nintendo employee suggested including an eject button to keep players entertained. Of course, this feature was unnecessary, but Yokoi believed that younger players, who were not old enough to play certain games, would still find value in helping their older siblings 'eject' games.

Eject Not Defect

So there you have it, the forgotten Eject button on your SNES served several distinct purposes back in its heyday and why this odd feature has gained so much history and lore. So whether you use it for blowing into your game cartridges, changing between multiple cartridges, or simply having your kid brother feel helpful, the Eject button has its uses.

March 25, 2023
Walking Simulators: Are They Truly Games or Something Else?

Walking simulators are a relatively new kind of game. But when done right, they offer experiences that can be incredibly immersive and emotionally stimulating

Read More
March 24, 2023
Arcade Game, Pizza Possum, Available to Wishlist On Steam

Pizza Possum, a new sneaky arcade game where you stuff your face with delicious food, is unveiled by Cosy Computer and Raw Fury.

Read More
March 23, 2023
Point and Click Adventure Game, Universe For Sale, Coming to Steam

Carefully Craft Worlds in this Sci-fi Narrative Focusing on the Human Existence and What it Means to Know Oneself

Read More


January 29, 2022
Float Away in Submerged: Hidden Depths

Float away on a clear ocean under blue skies with the sun on your face - Uppercut Games announces sequel to award winning Submerged

November 29, 2021
'Second Extinction' Pre-Season 7 Out Now

Season 7 of the Co-op Dino Shooter Second Extinction Is Now Available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One & PC

December 15, 2019
Black Future '88 PC Review - The Future's Looking Bright!

Black Future '88, reminds us that any genre can be revived if you put in enough care and creativity to it.

June 10, 2020

The classic 2D arcade beat'em up returns to the PC and proves once again that it still has some fight left

February 27, 2023
Godzilla vs. Gamera: Who Would Win?

Discover who would come on top if two of cinema's greatest monsters — Godzilla and Gamera — faced off in an epic battle.

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram