So-Called 'Nintendo' Pill Hits Club Scene

By McCarton Ackerman 01/27/14

Containing a heavy dose of MDMA, Nintendo has given clubbers another dangerous drug to add to their arsenal.


This is not an attempt by Nintendo to branch out: a club drug with the same name and logo as the video game company has been making its way onto the party scene. Drug watchdogs in Belgium first spotted the pill and have created a new entry for it in the Belgian Early Warning System on Drugs. Nintendo contains a large dose of MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy, and is typically swallowed whole rather than crushed or snorted.

A website called Pillreports, in which users recap their own experiences with drugs, includes an entry from a Nintendo user last August. “We’re rolling everywhere, staring at my lampshade and laughing for ages, saying how pretty the walls and lights are,” reads the entry. “From this point on everything is a bit of a blur, the other half kicked in hard and i [sic] felt on top of the world, we were both so euphoric and empathetic we spent one second dancing and the next minute cuddling saying we loved each other."

Earlier this month, four clubbers in North Wales went temporarily blind after taking a club drug known as “Brain.” But new research from the University of Florida shows that most club drugs, including MDMA, can cause damage that is similar to a traumatic brain injury. "We found that a lot of brain cells are being injured by these drugs. That's alarming to society now,” said Firas Kobeissy, a postdoctoral associate in the College of Medicine department of psychiatry. “People don't seem to take club drugs as seriously as drugs such as heroin or cocaine."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.