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Using more innocent facades to smuggle illicit goods is in the very nature of contraband, but it’s not everyday that those facades are old Famicom carts, and that the smuggled goods are dozens of spiders crammed inside said carts. But that’s exactly what happened the other day at the airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where Mexican police discovered spiders within Famicom cartridges to be sent to Hanover, Maryland.


On the outside, the cartridges appeared to be that of beloved movies turned subpar licensed game, such as RoboCop, Jurassic Park 2, and Terminator 3. Upon opening up the cartridges, however, police found 73 spiders stuffed into individual vials.

Other details remain a mystery. Why were they being sent to Hanover? Were they part of an elaborate revenge scheme? Or were they for a nobler cause, for someone who just really, really needed 73 spiders? Regardless, it’s rather interesting to see this sort of bug pop up in a video game – literally.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.