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I don't really know why but I've been playing my N64 a shit ton lately, and I've decided to buy some games for it that I want.
I just got Doom 64 in the mail, this is the first time I've ever played the game on actual hardware and not emulation.. it's much, much better than playing it on an emulator. (music and some effects are kind of fucked up on emulators.)
I also got S-video cables in the mail for it, which on an HDTV looks much sharper than composite. I figured it would look better since everybody in the reviews said as much, but I'm pretty pleased to have my expectations exceeded.
I bought an extension cord for the controller.. and a replacement analog stick.
As anyone who has played a great deal of N64 could tell you, the default stick is prone to wearing out.
I've read some mixed reviews about this stick, but those seem to mostly stem from it not feeling exactly like the old analog and feeling more like a gamecube analog.. which suits me fine, that analog was great.
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I've actually had more problems with the Gamecube control sticks than N64 ones.
When I got my Cube I had also got a third party controller with it. I used the third party paddle and had zero problems with it, a few quick swipes with a Q-tip kept it nice and new. Now, my N64 has seen numerous controller throughout it's day. They were not thinking when they made that damn controller. If you want it to function properly, you need to continually swipe all the plastic dust with a Q-tip laded with a little alcohol. That may keep the stick from feeling "sandy" but it doest stop the stick from going limp. I got a third party controller down the road with a metal stick. For the most part, problem solved.
I normally hate third party controllers and never use them because of bad experiences with the few I've had, but N64 is something to consider. I wonder about those retro bit controllers, heard good things, only cost $9, might check them out.
Those 'replica' N64 controllers though? Fucking garbage. Built like cheap shit. I never thought the N64 controller felt all that solid, but compared to those 'replicas', they are tanks.
Edit: I was just given a free N64 console, tremor pack (rumble), and on original controller that is in good shape.
The only reason he gave it to me was because the power switch was stuck.. so I tore it apart and cleaned the switch up and now it works fine.
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