Retro-bit has been releasing quality products for some time. They are now set to release a Nintendo 64 (N64) replacement joystick. I recently covered their upcoming Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controller. If I can get one, I will cover it on my YouTube channel.
Inspired by our Tribute64®, we’ve brought an improved analog stick for use on original N64® controllers! Utilize the full range on this Japanese-made stick that features Hall Effect potentiometers that provides long-lasting performance and won’t drift due to wear and tear. The comfortable thumb grip lets you game for hours without worrying about lasting effects. The replacement process is very simple and takes less than 5 minutes!
- Compatible only with original N64® controllers
- Japanese-made analog repair module
- Features Hall Effect potentiometers that won’t drift through use
- Larger and comfortable thumb grip
- Installation takes less than 5 minutes
SKU: RB-N64-4794 UPC: 8491720124794 MSRP: $14.99
In a standard analog stick, the angle, direction, and speed are all measured using potentiometers. These are very small mechanical units with moving parts that can send the data to the controller’s circuitry and provide the appropriate inputs in-game. While these are currently the standard for most analog sticks, even outside of gaming, they do suffer from wear and tear as well as drifting. Drifting is when the analog stick output becomes less precise over time causing it to “drift” away from its intended target. The reasons for this could be a faulty potentiometer, a dirty stick, or just natural wear-and-tear.
This analog stick comes equipped with Hall Effect sensors which utilize electromagnetic density to measure the output through the resistance level of the circuit. Basically, this means that rather than using a mechanical potentiometer, it instead uses electromagnetism to produce the same effect without needing small parts to move around. As such, the performance is much more consistent and with good care, can outlast most standard analog sticks. You won’t encounter the same issues that can lead to stick drift with Hall Effect sensors.retro-bit.com