Repairing Nintendo 64 Controller Joystick Replacement

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How to replace a broken N64 controller joystick.

  • Author: MisterDibbles
  • Time required: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Very easy

This is a quick guide on replacing a faulty joystick on an N64. If you have a controller with a wobbly joystick, this is the way to resolve your issue.

This can also be considered a mod if you are upgrading the joystick to a redesigned replacement. Upgrading is recommended because the Nintendo 64 has a poorly designed joystick that is prone to breaking and because the redesigned joystick has better control.

Edit Step 1 Controller Joystick Replacement  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Controller Joystick Replacement  ¶ 

  • Begin by removing the 7 #0 Phillips screws from the back of the controller grips as shown.

  • Remove the 2 #00 Phillips screws from the expansion slot

  • Remove the rear housing and set aside.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Gently remove the Z-Button membrane and board by sliding them to the left and pulling out of the joystick assembly.

  • Remove the 3 #00 Phillips screws holding the joystick assembly in place.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the joystick data cable and remove the old joystick.

  • To install your new joystick, simply follow these instructions in reverse.

Test out your controller! It should be feeling like new.

For more information, check out the Nintendo Game Console Accessory device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

If you don't line up the z button accurately it can be tricky getting the case back on.

Rainer De Temple, · Reply

I have a couple thumbstick replacements that do not have the connector. They are from Sodial, and I was wondering if there was a way that they can be easily connected.

derocher1, · Reply

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