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Nintendo 64 Controller
Nintendo 64 Controller cover
XInput support
Predecessor
SNES Controller
Virtual Boy Controller
Successor
GameCube Controller
Nintendo 64 Controller on Wikipedia

Key points

First versions require adapter to connect to PC. Later revisions allows to connect to PC via USB or Bluetooth.
Lacks native XInput support, requiring the use of a XInput wrapper (see XInput wrappers) for games that do not support DirectInput or the controller natively.
Joystick rarely have the full range 360 degrees[1].
Nintendo Switch revision supports bluetooth connection and has built-in rumble pak.

Inputs

  • 1 × analog stick
  • 10 × digital buttons: 𝐀, 𝐁, 𝐂 ▲, 𝐂 ▼, 𝐂 ◄, 𝐂 ▶, 𝐋, 𝐑, 𝐙, sᴛᴀʀᴛ
  • 4 × digital directional buttons (d-pad): , , ,

Controller variations

Nintendo 64 Controller for Switch with additional screenshot button, home button, pairing button, and ZR button, which serves as the - button.
Nintendo 64 Controller for Switch with additional screenshot button, home button, pairing button, and ZR button, which serves as the - button.
In September 2021, when Nintendo 64 games and Sega Genesis titles were added to Nintendo Switch Online alongside the Expansion Pack, wireless Nintendo 64 Controllers and SEGA Genesis Control Pads were released for use with their respective services. The Switch N64 controller doesn't actually have an opening in the Rumble Pak area since rumble is built into the controller. The Rumble Pak slot is filled in with plastic and there are buttons on top of the controller that are necessary for interacting with the Switch interface like the screenshot button, home button, pairing button, and ZR button, which serves as the - button. There's also a USB-C port up there and the controller comes with a six-foot charging cable so you can easily charge it up using your Switch dock.[2]

Use with PC platforms

Windows

reWASD

Supports Nintendo 64 Controller via bluetooth adapter or USB cable, does not require manual driver installment.
reWASD does not work with third-party drivers. Unsupported yet adapters have to be reported on official forum to implement their support.
LED shows which config slot is active at the moment.
Allows emulate virtual DS4 controller to play PS4 Remote Play, PS Now or Dualshock 4 compatible games. Including gyro and accelerometer control.
Allows emulate virtual Xbox 360 controller to play XInput compatible games.
Not free of charge. 14-days trial.
Custom configs for Nintendo 64 Controller can be found in official Community Configs Library maintained by reWASD users.

XInput wrapping

Acting as native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers. See the controller article for those.

Management tools for raphnet USB adapters

The management tool can perform a vibration/rumble test, can update an adapter's firmware and perform read/write operations on N64 mempaks. The built-in mempak editor supports common .N64 and .MPK mempak image file formats. Downloading cheats from gamefaqs and using them on the real N64 system is therefore possible! The editor also supports importing and exporting individual saves (notes) in separate files. All features:
  • Adapter version display
  • Adapter firmware update
  • Displays the type of controller connected
  • Vibration test (N64 Rumble Pak and Gamecube vibration)
  • Read/Write N64 Controller Pak ("memory paks"), memory pak editor
  • N64 Transfer Pak support:
    • Read ROM from ROM-Only, MBC1, MBC2, MBC3, MBC5 and POCKET CAMERA gameboy cartridges.
    • Read/Write save RAM for MBC1, MBC2, MBC3, MBC5 and POCKET CAMERA gameboy cartridges.
  • Gamecube to N64 adapter management (firmware update, version display)

RetroUSB's N64 Tool

This beta app to test Rumble Paks and upload/download save files on Controller Paks
Rumble Paks does not work in games yet. Application owner is asking for help "program device drivers", as he "needs something like XBCD to add rumble support in games".

Hardware

Adapters

Mayflash N64 Controller Adapter

Directly compatible with PC. No driver needed, just plug and play.
Two players can play simultaneously.
Compatible with PS3 console.
No extra power supply required.

USB N64 RetroPort

Works with authentic Nintendo controllers. Many common third party controllers have been tested working but are not officially supported.
Beta "N64 Tool" allows test Rumble Paks and upload/download save files on Controller Paks.
No drivers to install or update.

Bliss-Box Gamer-Pro

Directly compatible with PC. No driver needed, just plug and play.
A wide variety of controllers are fully supported right out of the box. See the Compatibility List.
Global Button Mapping - starting with 3.0 this layout has changed for modern gaming. The internal button mapping is set up so that buttons on different controllers match each other's layouts as closely as possible.
Adapter can update firmware and be used on PC, PS3 (up to 4 players), Xbox (single player only) or Switch (up to 4 players). Each controller port has its own firmware chip so multiple firmware versions can be used if desired. See more.
Allows to use special API to communicate with applications (eg. RetroArch). See API tool documentation.
A 12v power supply is completely optional and simply allows the HUB to be self-powered and supplies additional power for a stronger Playstation Force Feedabck effect only.
Adapter work on Windows, OSX, Linux, Raspberry Pi, most all Android device.
Hot Swap support. This feature makes it easy to switch between controllers in mid-game. If Auto Pause is enabled (default setup). The adapter will pause your game while you switch, and you can continue playing when you're ready. The new controller is detected automatically.
Auto Pause: when the adapter senses the controller has become unplugged, it presses the pause button.
Single-Player Mode, the adapter can be switched to Single-Player Mode. This will allow for some advance features like using the adapter on an Xbox with special firmware, or up-linking to other future Bliss-Box add-on accessories.
Native Support, adapter have the ability to allow communication from the emulated game directly to the controller and back with any of the supported controllers.
Do not natively support Xinput. It can do so however, with the use of 3rd party software (ie. x360ce or XOutput).
Hotkey: Pressing and holding sᴛᴀʀᴛ will trigger a Hotkey combo. You may configure this combo for a hot key in front-ends like RetroArch.

n64 Arduino Switch

By connecting an original N64 controller to an Arduino UNO R3 running this code, and plugging the USB from the Arduino into a Nintendo Switch, you can use your original N64 controller as a Switch controller for PC.
The button mappings were made using The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Nintendo Switch Online and the buttons are mapped 1:1.
Controller is converting the joystick x/y axis. Based on an article talking about how joysticks rarely have the full range and how developers should only rely on about 1/2 of the full axis range. To fix this, developer added logic so the joystick will start at 2x sensitivity and auto-scale sensitivity per-side of each axis to allow even old joysticks to get full range.

Expansions

Controller Pak

Used for saving extra data.

Rumble Pak

Removable device which provides force feedback while playing video games. Games that support the Rumble Pak cause it to vibrate in select situations, such as when firing a weapon or receiving damage, to immerse the player in the game.
It requires two AAA batteries and is inserted into the controller's memory cartridge slot, which prevents simultaneous use of the Controller Pak.
The Rumble Pak is estimated to provide 50-60 hours of continuous rumbling before the batteries must be replaced.

Transfer Pak

Used for data transfer between supported Nintendo 64 and Game Boy (Color) games.
List of Transfer Pak supported games
Nintendo 64 game Game Boy (Color) game Notes
Cabbage (64DD, unreleased)[3][4][5][6]
Choro Q 64 2: Hachamecha Grand Prix Race Choro Q Hyper Customizable GB
DT Bloodmasters (64DD, unreleased)[4][7][8]
Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū 6 Power Pro Kun Pocket
Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū 2000 Power Pro Kun Pocket 2
Mario Artist: Talent Studio[9] Game Boy Camera[10]
Mario Golf Mario Golf
Mario Tennis Mario Tennis
Mickey's Speedway USA Mickey's Speedway USA
Nushi Tsuri 64: Shiokaze ni Notte Kawa no Nushi Tsuri 4
PD Ultraman Battle Collection 64 Any
Perfect Dark Perfect Dark
Pocket Monsters Stadium Pocket Monsters Red, Green, and Blue versions
Pokémon Stadium Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow versions
Pokémon Stadium 2 Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal versions
Puyo Puyo 'N Party Pocket Puyo Puyo SUN
Robot Ponkottsu 64: Nanatsu no Umi no Caramel Robopon Sun, Star, and Moon versions
Super B-Daman: Battle Phoenix 64 Super B-Daman: Fighting Phoenix
Super Robot Wars 64 Super Robot Taisen Link Battler
Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals Kettō Transformers Beast Wars: Beast Senshi Saikyō Ketteisen

Steam

Can be recognized as Xbox 360 controller but after manual assignment. Controller cannot be found in Supported Controller Database, so Steam recognizes it as standard DirectInput device.

Steam Link compatibility

Works partially over Mayflash N64 Controller Adapter.[11]
Works without any drivers on any operating system that supports Steam.
Can be used just to send input from a controller to a PC. Go into Streaming options, hit 𝗖 and disable video and audio streaming.
Won't work great unless you connect it to LAN or a low latency Wi-Fi.

Support In Games

Support for some controller features may be only available on certain systems. Refer to game-specific articles for details.

Games with Dual Controller Style

Dual controller style with two Nintendo 64 controllers.
Dual controller style with two Nintendo 64 controllers.
Nintendo 64 Controller has only one stick, so to have control on movement and camera, game GoldenEye 007 has implemented dual controller support. Dual controller style are designed to be played with a hand on the center grip of each controller. They allow for analog movement, turning, looking, and strafing whereas only two of those can be available at a time on a single controller.
Two analog sticks support is a standard for PC controllers, so using controllers in Dual Controller Style allows to play PC games in more natural way than using one controller.
Emulated game GoldenEye 007 supports Dual Controller Style. See more.
Emulated games Perfect Dark, Robotron 64, Sin & Punishment and Star Wars Episode One Racer allows to control camera and movement in Dual Controller Style. See more.
ReWASD application allows to merge two controllers into one virtual, what will allow to achieve Dual Controller Style for two Nintendo 64 controllers.
ReWASD application does not support Nintendo 64 controller yet. But support is planned[12].

Games with Nintendo button prompts

Total number of games: 126.
The controller's button positions and colors, and the amount of buttons, differ considerably from those of other Nintendo controllers. As such, the list below should be treated with some caution.
Please note, that this is only list for games that offer Nintendo button prompts.
Some may require use of Switch Pro Controller emulation. Refer to game-specific articles for details.
Game Series Developer Publisher First release Available on
20XX 20XX Batterystaple Games, Fire Hose Games August 16, 2017
Windows
American Truck Simulator Truck Simulator SCS Software February 2, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Angry Video Game Nerd I & II Deluxe Angry Video Game Nerd FreakZone Games Screenwave Media October 30, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Anodyne Melos Han-Tani, Marina Kittaka Analgesic Productions August 12, 2019
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Another Metroid 2 Remake: Return of Samus Metroid Milton "DoctorM64" Guasti August 6, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ara Fell Stegosoft Games DANGEN Entertainment June 2, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Auralux: Constellations Auralux War Drum Studios, Edward McNeill June 1, 2016
Windows
Axiom Verge 2 Axiom Verge Thomas Happ Games August 11, 2021
Windows
Linux
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Bloodstained ArtPlay, DICO, Disruptive Games, WayForward Technologies 505 Games June 18, 2019
Windows
Boomerang X DANG! Devolver Digital July 8, 2021
Windows
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling Moonsprout Games DANGEN Entertainment November 21, 2019
Windows
Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days FuRyu Corporation, Lancarse Bushiroad November 16, 2022
Windows
Carrion Phobia Game Studio Devolver Digital July 23, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cat Quest II Cat Quest The Gentlebros PQube Limited September 24, 2019
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Celeste Extremely OK Games January 25, 2018
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Charge Kid USPGameDev June 30, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Coffee Talk Coffee Talk Toge Productions January 29, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Cook, Serve, Delicious! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming October 5, 2012
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming September 13, 2017
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming October 14, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)

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Other information

Technical information

Mayflash N64 Controller Adapter:

Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 2
B Button 3
L Button 5
R Button 6
Z Button 7
Start Button 10
Left stick X-axis, Y-axis
C Z-rotation
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right

Bliss-Box Gamer-Pro Adapter

Firmware 3.23 and greater.
Standard mapping:
Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 2
B Button 1
L Button 7
R Button 8
Z Button 5
Start Button 6
Left stick X-axis, Y-axis
C up Button 9
C down Button 4
C left Button 3
C right Button 10
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right
Alternative mapping:
Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 1
B Button 3
L Button 9
R Button 10
Z Button 5
Start Button 10
Left stick X-axis, Y-axis
C up Button 7
C down Button 2
C left Button 4
C right Button 8
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right

References

  1. Does the N64 joystick really allow 360 degrees of control?
  2. imore - Is the N64 controller worth it for Nintendo Switch?
  3. "Nintendo Still Cooking Cabbage". IGN. April 4, 2000. http://www.ign.com/articles/2000/04/05/nintendo-still-cooking-cabbage. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 IGN Staff (January 29, 1998). "64DD: The Games". http://www.ign.com/articles/1998/01/30/64dd-the-games. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  5. Template:Cite magazine
  6. Gantayat, Anoop (August 21, 2006). "Miyamoto Opens the Vault". IGN. http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/08/21/miyamoto-opens-the-vault. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  7. "What's DT, you ask?". IGN. August 27, 1999. http://ign64.ign.com/articles/069/069944p1.html. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Connecting to the Cube
  9. Schneider, Peer (August 27, 1999). "Mario Artist: Talent Studio (Import)". IGN. http://www.ign.com/articles/1999/08/28/mario-artist-talent-studio-import-2. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Camera Connection
  11. List of Steam Link compatible controllers, adapters etc. - SteamCommunity
  12. About N64 controller support