Repairing Nintendo 64 Controller Joystick Replacement

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How to replace a broken N64 controller joystick.

  • Author: MisterDibbles
  • Time estimate: 5 - 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  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove the 2 #00 Phillips screws from the expansion slot

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  ¶ 

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

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  ¶ 

Image 1/3: To install your new joystick, simply follow these instructions in reverse.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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

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

Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

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