How to Replace a Nintendo 64 Controller’s Analog Stick

In this tutorial I will show you how to replace the Nintendo 64 controller’s analog stick in 9 easy steps. I’m no handyman by any means so if I can do this anyone can.

What you will need

Keep in mind that these replacement joysticks are not official so proceed at your own risk.

N64J1Step 1

Remove the screws from the back the of the controller.

N64J2Don’t forget about the screws in the memory cartridge slot. You may need a smaller screwdriver for these.

N64J3Step 2

Gently pry the controller apart. The shoulder buttons may pop out on their own. If not gently remove them.

N64J4N64J5Step 3

Slide the Z button circuit sensor out from the analog stick housing.

N64J6N64J7Step 4

Remove the screws from the back of the analog stick housing.

N64J8Step 5

Disconnect the cables from the board via the blue connector.

N64J9Step 6

Remove the analog stick and connect your replacement joystick to the board via the blue connector. Some of these adapters may have a tight fit for the blue connector, which is fine and can be sanded down if needed.

N64J10Step 7

Be sure the screw holes of the joystick housing line up with holes in the controller housing and screw it in.

N64J11Step 8

Slide the Z button circuit sensor onto the joystick housing. Place the L and R buttons on this side of the controller housing to save some trouble putting it back together.

N64J12Step 9

Connect the two controller housing parts together and screw it back together.

N64J13Congratulations

You have successfully replaced the Nintendo 64 controller’s analog stick.

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