Until recently options were pretty limited if you wanted to replace your ageing and increasingly waggly N64 controller. You could either buy a knockoff from China, pay a silly amount for a third party Hori Mini Pad or replace the analog stick with a third party GameCube style one. The third option probably the most reasonable in terms of cost and longevity.
Well, if you thought nobody really cared anymore then I have some good news for you! A team going by the name of Retro Fighters have got your back, they’ve designed and are manufacturing a brand new controller for the N64. Gone is the mildly comical 3 pronged design, and gone also is the caveman like Analog stick. The Next Gen N64 controller looks to have all bases covered, and if you’re in need of a new controller then it’s probably a no brainer at $20.
They’ve taken a very logical approach to the L/R/Z issue by simply replicating Z as additional triggers on both the left and right hand side of the controller. By doing so they’ve done away with the need for a 3 pronged design and also managed to keep the size “normal” for a modern day controller.
The campaign has already beaten its goal by a long way, and with shipping supposedly only 3 months away then it’s probably worth a punt if you’re in need of a new controller for your N64. The team do already have at least one other product on the market, in the form of a modernised NES controller available on their website for $25.
I’m not familiar with their products, so I’m reluctant to recommend them but if you reside in the USA then they’re at the very least temptingly cheap. If postage to the UK wasn’t another $20 on top of the controller price then I’d definitely be in for couple already. As it stands, I’ll probably snag some at a later date in the hope I can find 2 of them for less than $80 shipped.
7 thoughts on “Out Of Nowhere – A New Controller For Your N64”
Oh man did I miss out on this! This controller is exactly the kind of design I wish Nintendo would have made back in the day. Same with the GameCube.
I found one of these in a shop in France with the brand “under control”, I bought it new, boxed and sealed for 12€.
So this kickstarter seems to be a fraud.
Once held it feels extremely lightweight a d cheap, the joystick is not precise enough for FPS like Goldeneye or Perfect Dark.
The face buttons layout (A,B and the 4 Cs) is not straight and not parallel and makes it uneasy playing some games.
By the way the brand also produces a very similarly shaped GameCube controller that is even worse than this one, having the same flaws and even adding X and Y buttons so small even a kid would miss them.
Hmmmm. Curious! I see them for sale on Amazon.fr too. Could be they just used a shell that was already available, does seem dodgy though doesn’t it.
A reply from Retro Fighters:
We mentioned this before, this is our original design. Someone took our idea awhile back, someone saw the idea in a factory and tried to copy it but it is a cheap knockoff. This is our own mold and if you compare the two they are completely different controllers, also if you notice this one doesn’t even have a slot for memory paks or rumble paks.
I reckon I believe it.
Nice. I missed the kickstarter but hopefully it’ll land on their retail site later. Kickstarter versions should be shipping soon, provided the team is on track, so we’ll see some reviews then.
Wow, the controller looks great…very tempted to back.
Oh, I meant to ask this a while ago… whatever happened to this site:
Hey man. I killed it, it was more of an experiment in hosting a site from home on an rpi. Also I don’t need another reason to buy more headphones haha. I have hundreds of the damn things! I’m glad you liked the site though man, maybe in future I will launch something similar but with a wider scope.