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Controller discussion; N64 controller discussion - collecting/issues/help
Topic Started: Jul 23 2006, 12:29 AM (43,827 Views)
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check the wires inside the cable. do you have something like a multi-meter? you should test each of the prongs / wires for breaks.
And check the connection between the cable/wires and the controller and the internal wiring of the controller.





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take no notice of the Pad1 etc diagram. the wiring of a N64 controller is shown in the bottom-right corner
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they're both right.
i was speaking from my personal situation... i have a huge pile of NES, SNES and N64 controllers in all kinds of condition so i have plenty of "spare parts" for repairs & transplant operations.
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I think my judgement/opinion should be accurate and hold some credibility

some? i think it's only fair to say that you & finngamer are the persons with the most knowledge regarding N64 controllers in the online world. respect!

however, i have a question regarding the Japanese Mario Kart bundle controller... is it not rarer than the simple coloured controllers from Japan?

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yes, clear/blue controllers are quite common here in Holland too. More common than any of the funtastic colours at any rate. That's because for a long time, the "standard" N64 Super Mario 64 Pack included a clear/blue console and matching controller.
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my guestimate (based on many years of trawling local auction sites, fleamarkets and yard sales) is that a boxed clear/blue controller is also pretty rare around here. i doubt if they were ever available at all. methinks they were only sold as part of a complete set.
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yes, the clear/blue controller was available in Europe

i should have been clearer... i was talking specifically about the local market (Holland). 95% of the toy & game shops here are all part of the same big distribution company and they dont stock the entire Nintendo catalog, trying to push more third-party crap instead (much higher margins!). This means that some stuff, accessories in particular, is hard to find here. Im my observation, Atomic Purple controllers were sold everywhere here but i never saw any of the funtastic colour controllers on sale. In other words: there's a subtle difference here between "released" and "available".

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a bit expensive @ 39.99 UKP... regular controllers were 17.99 at the time IIRC
I kinda like the chrome leopard design but the others are quite ugly IMHO

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The advert is from before N64 controllers were dropped in price

ah ok, i see... that makes a heck of a difference.
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My control stick has got a little looser, Would it be worth lubricating it?

AFAIK lubricating the stick only makes sense BEFORE any damage / wear has occured

BTW: in one of those old N64 Mags ive scored i saw a notice for more customized controllers by Foxdata in nice all metallic colors. And it seems they also did a gourgeous shiny chromed N64 console.
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yeah, the chromed console looked very nice in the tiny picture featured in the mag. it's actually something ive been thinking off , there must be a company somewhere that can do it professionally and i wouldnt mind a chromed N64 and say a "gold plated" NES. ive got enough consoles to take a gamble
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I'd actually do a man wee in my pants if I could get a gold or chrome plated N64.

ooh, you've upped the ante, now i desperately need to have some N64 cases chromed :)

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Scanned from 'N64 Magazine' (UK) issue 3, June 1997:
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So the chromed console was 270 Quid (or 60 quid to chrome-your-own...) not too bad ! Looks awesome (they should have done the controller plugs as well tho!)

BTW: below this snippet was a large article about the infamous N64 price drop. Just two months after the UK launch the standard N64 set was suddenly reduced from an extortionate 250 to a much more reasonable 150 UKP. The 75.000 early buyers really felt robbed by THE Games (Nintendo's distributor at that time).





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there are (loads?) more of those customized give-aways. the magazines of the day constantly ran all sorts of competitions and a custom console and/or controller was often offered as 1st prize.
Very desirable but as far as i'm concerned these items - and the Foxdata stuff too - are not part of the canon of "official" hardware and should not worry our completist collectors too much :)

i am certainly going to look into the possibilities & cost of chroming a NES and gold-plating a N64 case. Me wants!

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it says "You are the lucky winner of two unique controllers and a cash prize of 1.000.000 Yen. Valid until 31-12-1999"

Just pulling your leg of course... couldnt resist :D
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yep, it looks like an offer of Ascii Pads in special J-League Eleven Beat 1997 and Power League 64 editions. Anyone know more about Ascii Pads?
Edited by Mk II, May 27 2011, 03:07 AM.
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good point!
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thanks for deciphering all the details ddr. I wonder if these special edition Hudson controllers also came in a nice custom box like the Bomberman controller?
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If they did, I would imagine they are super rare

i second that emotion. which is why brought them up in the first place of course :)
just thinking aloud here... surely they must have been packaged in _some_ way? if not a box, then at least a blister pack. Because they appear to have a Nintendo catalog number, im thinking boxes. IMHO the Nintendo catalog number kinda makes 'm into semi-official controllers and another must-have for the completists

And if they were only sold to buyers of those two games (and quite probably only for a limited time) they must indeed be ultra-rare.
Anyway, kudos to Cabanon for spotting and posting the flyer. It's things like this that make our forum such a valuable source of information. thanks!
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i dunno... it looks like a red controller to me. im guessing the colour conversion of the video is to blame?

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nice pix, Ninty!
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im guessing the colour conversion of the video is to blame?

so i guess i was guessing right for once :D
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Anyone know how good these are?

a new controller for 5 bucks ?
i'd say chances are it is totally cr@ptastic; there's no way you can make & sell a decent controller for so little money.
there are lots of cheap after-market controllers flooding the market ATM and they are all terrible. Stick with the originals (replace the analog stick if needed) or Hori pads.

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perhaps you could use it like this :)

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99p is almost no risk

agreed.
even if it can only be put to use as wall decoration or door stopper, you're still getting your money's worth :)
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I think MKII will probably be interested in buying this controller from you Clarky

someone mention my name? :D
well yes, i am interested as a matter of course.
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that is one of those infamous 8bit NES on a chip clones with a fancy design. ive got a similar product from Zolid. These cheap knocks-offs are all terrible and should be avoided at all cost

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sorry, Sic... i've got first dibs on the Foxdata controller
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i once had a blue controller in my possesion that seemed several shades darker than usual. i blamed it on my eyes, aging plastics or exposure to sunlight. But IMHO its not impossible that a particular batch of plastic turned out a bit darker; it probably is not easy to get an exact colour match.
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no official controller but still very rare

ooh yes, nicely spotted! Shame that the shipping is so high or i would put in a bid
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