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1.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for..., January 1, 2014
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This review is from: Retrolink Nintendo 64 Classic USB Enabled Wired Controller for PC and MAC, Black (Video Game)
...unfortunately there isn't a better quality USB controller either, otherwise I am sure many people like me would fork up the cash for it.

I bought this for playing Goldeneye
The buttons are unresponsive, I attempted to fix this buy pulling parts from an old OEM controller, which worked to an extent. Replacing buttons like Z, A, B, and C-pad (and the membranes underneath) worked great. Problem is the joystick. It will not accept the OEM joystick. When the two are compared, it seems the OEM version uses an optical system to track movement, and I couldn't find a pinout which yielded any response. This is the deal breaker. The joystick is not usable for precision aiming by ANY stretch of the imagination.

Anyway, warranty sticker is broken from opening it (at $14 I'd be too lazy to return anyway.) By the way, when you open it and get a peak at the quality of the PCB and solder points, you REALLY understand why it is so cheap. Cheap quality for low price is totally understandable, it it just disappointing that there is NO high quality alternative for say, $50. I just bought the May Flash N64 controller adapter and will see how that works with some OEM controllers instead.
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Initial post: Aug 6, 2014 8:55:34 PM PDT
Nick says:
I tried using this for goldeneye too and there is a deadzone in the center of this stick that is huge. And yes I'm sure its not the emulator settings. The real N64 controller allowed very nuanced aiming. This was both good and bad. The real N64 controllers would frequently end up with a "drift" issue when you weren't touching the stick, because it detected the slightest tilt and once the controller was old it would never recenter perfectly. For goldeneye, that drawback still beats out this thing hands down. This stick doesnt respond at all until you've tilted it like 10 degrees and that's greater than the size of an enemy's head. You cannot use it to aim in goldeneye.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 8:08:02 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 21, 2014 8:10:55 PM PDT
Ben says:
I agree that this controller is unplayable with Goldeneye on a PC.

Has anyone found an alternative?

Would buying an original controller and using an usb adapter work better?
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