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What's the best place to get replacement N64 analog sticks?
BetaWolf
May 13 2011, 04:20 PM
Grizzmeister
May 13 2011, 07:32 AM
Third-party sticks are good but third-party controllers are rubbish.
That's a little harsh. Some 3rd-party controllers are great. Heck, the Hori Minipad is recommended by some over the official controller.
Yeah a lot of people rave about the Hori Mini but I'm not the type of collector that can justify paying that much for a N64 controller. If I purchased a Hori Mini at the going rate I'd probably be too afraid to actually use the thing. :lol:

An official N64 pad with the replacement stick works perfectly for most of my needs as proven by the fact that I recently beat F-Zero X's challenging Master Mode while using that arrangement.

N64 collection discussion
Meptrep
May 14 2011, 05:59 AM
You use a Gameshark for imports? It seems easier just to mod the system to play Japanese games, and it looks nicer.
I use a multitude of different techiques to play imports. In the case of my Japanese copy of Super Smash Bros. I swapped out the back of the cartridge with a North American one.

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Sometimes I use a Gameshark or my Super 64 adapter which is in the upper left-hand corner of this picture below.

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I don't really like to alter N64 consoles in part because I don't really play import games all that often but also because I like to keep them stock which is probably in deference to that tradition in car collecting.







N64 collection discussion
Wave Race 64 Shindou Edition box and Cartridge:
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N64 collection discussion
Heinrold
May 13 2011, 10:14 AM
is there any optical difference between normal and shindou wave race? I only know about mario 64.
And are there any other special rumble pak versions?
There are a few minor music and sound effect differences between the standard and Shindou versions of Wave Race 64. Being Japanese it seems very different to me but that may just be my imagination. :unsure:

As far as I know Wave Race 64 and Super Mario 64 are the only two games to get re-released to include Rumble Pak support although I wish Mario Kart 64 had also gotten a Shindou version. :(

N64 collection discussion
Yesterday I received my CIB Japanese copy of Mario Kart 64. I got it off of Ebay for just $18 including shipping.

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I wanted to add this to my Japanese N64 library which includes copies of Super Smash Bros. (Dairantou Smash Brothers 64) and Wave Race 64 Shindou Edition.


What's the best place to get replacement N64 analog sticks?
BetaWolf
May 13 2011, 07:16 AM
Well, every single one of my official N64 analog sticks is in horrible shape. I'll probably end up replacing the sticks or just using 3rd-party controllers.

Do these sticks wear at all, like the official ones?
Third-party sticks are good but third-party controllers are rubbish.

It's too early to tell how these new thumbsticks will wear but since their design is completely different from the OEM ones they shouldn't grind down in a similar fashion.

What's the best place to get replacement N64 analog sticks?
regnad
May 12 2011, 10:25 PM
How do those third-party replacement analog sticks compare with Hori and GCN analog sticks?
The third-party sticks are more responsive (for better or worse) than GameCube sticks. Also, they're made of hard plastic so they end up feeling like the analog stick on a Sega Dreamcast controller.

My suggestion is to clean out the stock stick in your N64 controller first and if that doesn't help then buy a third-party unit as a replacement. Yes the new sticks are shorter but you quickly adapt so don't let that keep you from trying them out.

What's the best place to get replacement N64 analog sticks?
BetaWolf
May 12 2011, 01:13 PM
I see them on Amazon for $4.99. Is there a place that sells them cheaper and has reliable ones?

http://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Controller-Thumbstick-Joystick-Replacement/dp/B000F7V2GO
I purchased 5 of these new third-party thumbsticks from this seller and I'm satisfied. Just be warned that the sticks make it kinda hard to perform smash attacks in Super Smash Bros. but other than that they're fine.

Here's a picture of one of my refurbished N64 controllers that has a replacement stick:
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What games are you playing?
Today I'm playing Super Mario Strikers. It's a GameCube game but I'm playing it on the Wii.

Edit: My Japanese Mario Kart 64 cartridge just arrived and not every track has a gold cup yet! ;)

Wii discussion
After a little research I have discovered that the Wii Remote Plus is the same size as the original Wii-mote so there's no reason for Nintendo to alter the Wii-wheel that'll ship with the Mario Kart Wii bundle. Sorry for not investigating that before posting my previous comment. :-8

Wii Successor confirmed.
Nintendo's E3 presentation will be held on Tuesday June 7th! I'll freak out if Nintendo also announces a Project Cafe sequel to Wave Race, Star Fox or F-Zero! :w00t:

Wii discussion
My local Walmart has already dropped the price of the Wii to $150. This seems to be a good strategy as they were all sold out.

So now we just gotta wait for the new bundle that'll come with Mario Kart. As I understand it you'll be able to get this bundle in black which will even include a black Wii-wheel. I wonder if the wheel has been redesigned to accommodate the Wii Motion Plus controller? :huh:

Sony PS1 Dual Analog Controller
lithium017
May 11 2011, 07:51 AM
Thanks for the post Grizzmeister! There is a massive bin of PSOne controllers at a local game shop I need to sift through now...
Wow, don't tell me I own a controller that you don't! :lol:

Sony PS1 Dual Analog Controller
Here's a video that tells more about this hard to find controller.



The Sony Dual Analog controller

I'm not kidding, these things are extremely uncommon. Ironically they're not too awfully expensive when you do find them.

Sony PS1 Dual Analog Controller
Meptrep
May 8 2011, 08:44 AM
Whenever I first saw this post, I thought it was some special edition version of the Dual Shock, but now that I read more, I found out that it's actually different. Thanks for the information, I never knew this controller existed. I might pick one up, since I collect some PS1 games and peripherals.

I looked on eBay for one. There are some that say Dual Analog, but I believe they aren't since the analog sticks go outward unlike the one in your photo.
Yeah I posted this info because these controllers are rather difficult to find. I saw one sell on Ebay a while ago but they don't come up too often. I purchased mine new when it was released in the US and never use it as the Dual Shock features rumble and the Dual Analog doesn't.

Super Smash Bros Secrets
There's talk of being able to play Final Destination on the N64 console version by using a Gameshark. Here's a link to some info from the premier Smash Bros. fan site.

Final Destination: Works on console

Wii Successor confirmed.
I suspect that since Mario Kart Wii is going to become the new Wii pack-in game once the system drops to $150 that Nintendo plans to much more heavily pursue on-line gaming with their next console. I say this because Mario Kart Wii is the best on-line enabled game on the Wii and increasing its already massive userbase (26 million units sold and counting :o ) will help pave the way for the new console's on-line capabilities.

Wii Successor confirmed.
Next-gen first person Mario?



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Hey!!
Kirby-
May 3 2011, 07:48 PM
btw Grizz i would get the SSB cartridge, but i dont understand why its a must-have to go with Mario Kart :unsure:
Super Smash Bros. (N64) is a must-have because:

1) It's another great game to play, along with Mario Kart 64, when several friends come over.

2) One of the most sought after titles by any true N64 collector and even a lot of SSB franchise fanatics.

3) The N64 cartridge features native Rumble Pak support which only heightens the experience.

I consider the game collectable enough to have invested in the Japanese version which I've modified to play on a NA N64.

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Hey!!
Hello Kirby. You're in good company because I also play Super Smash Bros. almost every day. I suggest hunting down a cartridge though as it's a must-have to go along with your Mario Kart 64 cart.

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