Repairing N64 controllers with GC stick, does it actually work?

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  1. LoggerMan
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    I've seen Gamecube style joysticks for $9 each online, for swapping out a broken stick from a genuine N64 controller. I'm thinking of buying the 64drive (which is $200 and a month wait list!), but it would all be a waste of money if I can't source cheap and working N64 controllers too. If the replacement sticks don't work properly for games like Goldeneye, then I may as well just emulate the game (but I really do want the 64drive if I can find controllers that work).

    I do like the GC stick on the Gamecube, so I just want to know if using these sticks in the N64 controller will work or not.
     
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    i'm sure with the know hows it can be modded to work that way, but the base alone are different.
     
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    Yeah, I thought that might be the case. Even despite the cost of the 64drive, the lack of easy controller solution (short of buying new ones from eBay for $50) is the only thing holding me back.
     
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    ...you could buy pre-owned controllers? It's easier than repairing yours, and you can save yours for spare parts if you need any in the future?
     
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    I read on some Swedish repairing site that the GC-ones DO work with the N64 controller... Though I haven't tried it myself.

    There are N64 sticks that looks like GC sticks, and those doesn't wear down as quickly as the original... I found one here for 125 SEK (Swedish site... $19) http://www.wondergames.se/product.html/styrspak-nintendo-n64-joystick-till-controller

    Can't be hard to find cheaper on some international site :)
     
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    Competition Pro sounds promising then. Those two look cheap too. Shipping to NZ would be the biggest problem, and getting 4+ of them would be 4+ shipping. I feel like an idiot for not stocking up on all of this stuff years ago when it was all on sale new.
     
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    Those GC style replacement joysticks are OK for 95% of N64 games, but if you plan to play games that really rely on the stick sensitivity (goldeneye/smash bros) avoid them.

    The problem can actually be fixed by the manufacturer if they want... but they don't seem to care.
     
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    It's GoldenEye and GoldeneEye X that I really want it for, as well as a few others like Mario Party and Operation Winback (best game evar). And also I want to play every game ever, to fulfill a childhood fantasy.
     
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    try your local ebay or ebay us maybe?
     
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    I've got two of these in my official pads, can't recommend them enough. they fell just like the original analog stick with no problems with accuracy or anything
     
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    Do they have to be the $19 from the Swedish site and how are they for GoldenEye? That would be still $80 for four new sticks. But then again, you can't put a price on a childhood dream. Though I'd have to buy the controllers too, and a n64, component output cable, some spare sticks for the future and the expansion pack. Goodness :(

    Those $10 generic controllers I used to sneer at actually look very tempting now. Or just learning to deal with emulation.
     
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    You could do it by yourself...

    Or pay this guy to do it for you:

    http://smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=328083

    He makes those for Profesional SSB 64 players, i doubt you will find a better solution.

    EDIT: Derp he doesn accept preorders anymore, but you could contact him to tell you how he did it (After all, he had a youtube channel with the instructions but it got deleted)
     

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