The NES64 is a replacement PCB for use in an existing controller for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It brings one of the most popular and arguably best of the early game console controllers to the Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari and other retro home computers.
The NES64 can be installed in either an original Nintendo controller or in a currently produced clone controller. Either way, it may be installed in a way that keeps your working (and perhaps even antique) controller fully restorable to its original state.
It features an optional switch that lets you jump in most games using the A button (Nintendo style) instead of the up-arrow (Commodore joystick style). The switch can be installed for external or internal access. The former is destructive to the casing, whereas the latter is not.
Available in the following configurations:
- PCB only: You will need to get all other parts than the PCB yourself. You can find a list in the instructions (on the website, and shipped with board)
Kit with case: Everything you need to assemble the NES64 yourself. The included case is not an original Nintendo case, rather a recent reproduction. You may also mount the NES64 in your own original Nintendo case.
- Kit without case (temporarily available): Everything you need to assemble the NES64 yourself if you intend to mount the NES64 in your own original Nintendo case or source a reproduction case yourself.
- Fully assembled: Pure plug and play. You will receive the NES64 mounted in a recent reproduction case.
Please note: Current reproductions of NES controller cases come in a huge variety from many different manufacturers. They are mostly identical, and they are all made to resemble the original controllers. However, they may still have differences, and this means the following:
- NOTE 1 - For kits including a case, you may get a case that does not resemble the original controller entirely when it comes it its colour. Some manufacturers have gone for light grey, and some seem to have gone for a darker shade. I will not supply cases that differ wildly (such as red, blue, different button layouts, etc.), I will always try to source cases that *mostly* match the originals. However, colour/shade may differ over time as my sourcing changes.
- NOTE 2 - If you intend to source your own reproduction case, you may find that the inside of your sourced case is slightly different than what the NES64 board was made for. Maybe a case pin was moved a few millimetres compared to the board hole that it was meant to fit. Maybe a hole in the board is slightly too small to fit a peg in your case. These issues are usually easily solved with a sharp knife or similar. I have already accounted for a lot of different case designs (including original NES case), but if you do encounter issues like this, I would very much appreciate an accurate, detailed description of how the NES64 doesn't fit your case and/or a link to where you sourced it, so that I can take it into consideration for future revisions.
NES64 website with assembly instructions
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