Anything that is gaming related that doesn't fit well anywhere else
User avatar
Posts: 60
Joined: Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:04 pm
Location: Youngsville

Fixing a N64 Controller

by AgentCupcakes Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:19 am

I couldn't figure out where to put this so I'll leave it here.

My N64 controller's joystick is a little loose and jiggles around alot. This causes my games to slowly drift to the left constantly. Is there any way to fix this? I really don't want to stop using the controller because it was my first ever console controller so I'd really like to fix itt. Any help would really, really help.
Systems: Genesis, SNES, Nintendo 64, Playstation 2, Gamecube, Wii, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP

Twitter: Agent_Cupcakes
User avatar
Posts: 56
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 12:48 pm
Location: The Netherlands

Re: Fixing a N64 Controller

by studentzki Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:58 am

Here you go;

But it takes a lot of patience and it didn't work for me...
Maybe you've got more luck, succes!
a.k.a. sombetzki
My arcade collection
User avatar
Posts: 616
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:13 am
Location: Malta,AKA the Arse End of Europe

Re: Fixing a N64 Controller

by Hateshinai Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:47 am

I followed that guide. It was a definite improvement in my opinion.
Mostly harmless
User avatar
Droid party
Posts: 1348
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:23 pm
Location: Stuck in my childhood.

Re: Fixing a N64 Controller

by Droid party Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:06 am

That or replace the assembly. You should be able to find people selling them on ebay if the repair doesn't work.
JT wrote:Yeah, like vampire aliens invade and hit us all with a ray beam that paralyzes all of our arms. The only way to deactivate the ray beam and fight back the vampire alien threat is with a complicated series of foot patterns on the device's control board that looks remarkably like a DDR pad. We will all praise this man for saving our lives and buy him a mountain of stuffed animals.
User avatar
Posts: 13167
Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:12 pm
Location: NY

Re: Fixing a N64 Controller

by Ziggy587 Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:31 am

I did it to a lot of controllers. I found that you really can't ever fix a worn joystick and get it like new again. You can improve the joystick, and if it's really grinding and unplayable you can make it at least usable.

But, the lubrication of the joystick is best done to joysticks that are NOT yet worn. This way they wont grind away and wear out.

My Sale Thread - 7% off all marked prices!! SNES and N64 added! I am selling around three quarters of my video game collection as well as some other odds and ends!

I want to buy Universal Game Cases, if you have any spares please PM me! I'm looking to only deal with members that have good BST feedback on this forum.
User avatar
Posts: 2662
Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:17 pm
Location: Beyond Conscious

Re: Fixing a N64 Controller

by TEKTORO Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:38 am

I found a trick on youtube on using thin strips of tape to fill in your grinded down joysticks.I tried it out and i was satisfied.The results where much better(not like new tho)then it was.If you do attempt to fix your controller,I recommend you carefully disassemble and assemble it,make sure all inside is clean from worn stick,and if you do the tape trick take your time for a better result.I ve only done this once but my stick got its reponse back tight and some flick to it.
If you can see the future while remembering the past, you may just have control of the present.
User avatar
Posts: 7833
Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:34 pm
Location: UK

Re: Fixing a N64 Controller

by Niode Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:42 pm

It's not possible to fix an N64 controller since the problem is a result of the plastic wearing away. Once it's broken it's broken. Lubricating it won't do anything. The key is to lubricate the stick BEFORE it gets worn down.

Your only options are to replace the stick itself with a new assembly, or hack in a stick from a gamecube/nunchuck or something.

This is one of the reasons that I simply cannot wait for 3D 'printers' to be mass produced. Silly little plastic parts like these would be 'printable' and we can fix all these annoying problems ourselves. Like those fiddly little cogs in Saturns or the N64 analogue stick assembly.
Marurun wrote:Don’t mind-shart your pants, guys
Return to General Gaming

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests