N64 Controller Thumbstick Replacement

With the right tools, replacing a worn out thumbstick in your Nintendo 64 Controller is both very easy, and very rewarding. Original N64 Controllers are both rare, and valuable. With an inexpensive part that can be purchased via the link below you can have your N64 Controller as good as new in no time!

N64 Controller Repair Parts and Tools

Opening the Nintendo 64 Controller

There are 7 main screws connecting the bottom and top halves of the N64 controller shell. For your reference we have indicated the location of these screws with red boxes in the image below. Simply unscrew these with your phillips head screwdriver, but be sure to leave them inside their respective screw holes.


In addition to the 7 main screws are 2 smaller screws inside the rumble pack/memory cart slot. Again, for your reference we have indicated their location with red boxes in the image below. Simply unscrew these with your phillips head screwdriver, but be sure to leave them inside their respective screw holes.


With all of the screws removed, you should remove the bottom half of the plastic shell to expose the controller board and the thumbstick component. When you remove the shell, be sure to set it aside with the screws still remaining in their respective holes. This will make reassembly less time consuming. Your next step should be to locate the blue connector, between the thumbstick component and the motherboard (red line) Pull this connector in the direction of the wires, away from the blue base to unhook it. Next, locate the 3 main screws holding the thumbstick component to the controller board, and remove these with your phillps head (red boxes). Finally, locate the two prongs on the thumbstick component, which are holding a small peice of rubber and a peice of controller board (red lines). Carefully remove these items from the prongs to fully release the thumbstick component from the controller board.


Your next step is to put our new N64 Controller Thumbsticks in place of the old one. Making sure to line up the screw holes, insert the 3 old screws to attach the new thumbstick component (red boxes). Next, insert the blue connector into the base (red line). This might not want to go in easily. Just take your time, and try different angles until you line it up right. Once you do it should snap right in. Finally, place the rubber piece over the small piece of controller board, and place these items into the plastic thumbstick prongs (red lines). With everything secured, simply snap back on the back of the controller shell, and reinsert all 9 of the screws using your phillips head.


With a new, stiff thumbstick installed, your Original Nintendo 64 Controller should be as good as new! Be sure to let us know how the installation went, by leaving a review on the N64 Controller Thumbstick product page.


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