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#1 Ataritard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 6:05 PM

I've got a Nintendo 64 controller with a loose thumbstick. What should I do?

#2 MagitekAngel OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 6:27 PM

Pay out the nose for one of those Hori controllers, and never deal with this aggravation again, hopefully.

Seriously though, from what I've heard, there isn't a whole lot that can be done to repair these sticks in particular, because what happens is the plastic actually wears down from the friction over time.

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 6:31 PM

you can buy replacement ones... they are just a bit shorter

#4 Ataritard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 6:51 PM

Yeah, my youngest just got into playing the N64 and he is murder on the thumbstick. I think I've created a monster.

I like to have a couple of those Hori controllers. I'd pick one up if I found it cheap enough, but I'm not holding my breath.

#5 Ataritard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 6:52 PM

you can buy replacement ones... they are just a bit shorter


Do you know if they are any more durable?

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 7:30 PM

Try to find one in a thrift store for a couple for bucks

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 8:09 PM

not sure if they are more durable, but work well when you get them. there is a way to tape up the ground down thumstick... pain in the ass if u ask me but it can be done

#8 Ataritard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 8:36 PM

not sure if they are more durable, but work well when you get them. there is a way to tape up the ground down thumstick... pain in the ass if u ask me but it can be done


I did some checking and if you are talking about the Gamecube style thumbstick, I think that would be the way to go. If they are built different than the original then they would have to be more durable.

I did try that tape trick and it made the stick work much better. Can't see it lasting long though.

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 8:39 PM

i think its the same as the n 64 one but just a hair shorter.
http://www.ebay.com/...#ht_3439wt_1270

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 8:42 PM

This is the one I was looking at:

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 380435295000

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 8:46 PM

This is the one I was looking at:

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 380435295000

get it, thats the same one i just put the link up for.. its for the n 64.

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Posted Sat May 19, 2012 9:20 PM


This is the one I was looking at:

eBay Auction -- Item Number: 380435295000

get it, thats the same one i just put the link up for.. its for the n 64.


I looked real close at the ones in your link and we are talking about the same thing. Thanks for the heads up. I think that would be the longest lasting solution.

#13 Ataritard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 20, 2012 5:30 PM

Who here has used the Gamecube style thumbstick on the N64 controller? What do you think of it?




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