How quickly does your NES controller deteriorate?

Thread in 'Hardware' started by GyRo, 28 Dec 2018.

  1. It's possible I'm just having a bad day, but I definitely feel like my controller is failing me already. (I don't believe it started with all fresh innards, mechanically speaking.)

    How long does a fresh controller build last you? I imagine hypertapping is much rougher on them than DAS, and I'm tapping somewhat forcefully to make sure it registers.

    Are there Sanwa-like components for NES controller innards? Are they tournament legal?
  2. I still use the controllers that I got with the NES from a friend. At most I've opened them up to clean them to ward off misfires. I have not replaced rubbers etc.. I use a DAS tech style.

    Mechanical switches etc. would not be tournament legal at the time being. Only original controllers with OEM rubber dome switches or comparably faithful reproduction parts are allowed.

    You might just want to try cleaning the PCB contacts first. Use isopropyl alcohol with cotton swabs.
  3. Good to know about what's tournament legal. (But I hope Goofy Foot is allowed! Cause I'm not learning twice.) I expect cleaning the contacts will do the trick, now that you mention it. I've had many a pinball flipper button come back to life after fixing up the switch contacts.

    I played some Ice Hockey & Baseball Stars (best sports game ever) today & noticed my d-pad wasn't as responsive for left/right as it was for up/down, so it's definitely not just my imagination. I just want the controller to do what my brain wants it to do... :(
  4. Goofy Foot is the one aftermarket modification that is allowed in tournament, it's mentioned in the rules. It's allowed because the rest of the controller parts are original and it doesn't allow you to do anything you wouldn't be able to otherwise (no macros or extra buttons or autofire or anything), it's just a remapped controller so you can hold it upside-down. It just lets players choose swap "handedness" to their preference, no other inherent advantage.
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  5. After swapping out a few different dpad rubber dome switches (one of which was even torn & incapable of springing back fast enough to hypertap at all) I've come to the conclusion that it's just a failure of the controller design itself. A shame. NES Tetris is pretty fun as a game, but the controller is dreadful. It's like playing a Star Trek: The Next Generation with wonky weak flippers. You just know it could be so much better.
  6. Muf


    I'm just gonna wait until Sanwa modified NES advantages are officially allowed and then own everybody. :awe: (sup @Rosti LFC )
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  7. Right?

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