This is a picture of FOUR brand new quality Nintendo 64 controllers I got in December 2012.
HERE IS THE SECRET TO WHAT I DID
1) Go to an online classified and search “Nintendo 64 controller.” In Canada we have one called kijiji.ca which is good. USA has craigslist.org. I imagine most countries have a similar service.
2) Find a seller who has a LOT of N64 and video game stuff. Not someone with 1 controller. Find someone with a LOT of goods. I’m talking 100s of games and dozens of controllers; or more. This gives you the best chances that they will have good quality controllers. The guy I bought from said he buys massive lots constantly to collect, and selling the parts he doesn’t want or need. You want someone like this.
3) Write this person a message, explaining that you are a high level N64 competitor, and there has been a resurgence of activity due to popularity of online streaming, AGDQ, etc. Explain to them that you need 1 or 2, possibly up to four GOOD QUALITY controllers with fresh, tight, clean sticks. Also explain to them that since you are a high level competitor, you would like to MEET in person to look at their stock of controllers and assess for yourself which are the best.
4) Eventually someone will agree to these terms. Odds are the person you will be contacting is a Nintendo nerd themselves and will think what you are doing is pretty cool. They will be excited to find someone who shares the passion of Nintendo fandom and they will be open to meet with you.
5) Actually go meet up with this person, look at the controllers. Ask to test them, etc. The guy I bought from had a portable TV and N64 in the trunk of his car where I tested these playing Mario Kart 64. If the seller has a storefront he almost surely will be happy for you to test controllers for a few minutes.
6) Buy the best one (or four.)
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE NOW ACQUIRED A QUALITY NINTENDO 64 CONTROLLER.
Addendum I: If you have to drive 1-2 hours to meet up with this kind of person, then so be it. This is your hobby. Your passion. People who go fishing, golfing, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, etc, drive far more than that for their hobbies. If you don’t have money to spend on controllers, transportation to get you places, are nervous to exchange emails with people, etc, then that’s something you have to figure out and perhaps should be a priority before you spent thousands of hours playing Nintendo 64 games.
Addendum II: If you are really that lazy or socially inept and can’t follow these steps, then try buying off eBay or Amazon from Japan. Apparently Japanese stuff is usually decent and rarely fake or broken.
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