Introduction

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.

Image 1/3: Remove the 2 #00 Phillips screws from the expansion slot Image 2/3: Remove the rear housing and set aside. Image 3/3: Remove the rear housing and set aside.
  • 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.

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Image 1/3: Remove the 3 #00 Phillips screws holding the joystick assembly in place. Image 2/3: Remove the 3 #00 Phillips screws holding the joystick assembly in place. Image 3/3: Remove the 3 #00 Phillips screws holding the joystick assembly in place.
  • 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.

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Image 1/3: To install your new joystick, simply follow these instructions in reverse. Image 2/3: To install your new joystick, simply follow these instructions in reverse. Image 3/3: To install your new joystick, simply follow these instructions in reverse.
  • Disconnect the joystick data cable and remove the old joystick.

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

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Conclusion

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

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Zillatron

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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.

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