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How do I connect a Nintendo 64 controller to a Intel iMac?

Asked by jrpowell (40562points) August 21st, 2007

I just discovered sixtyforce and the wonderful world of playing old Nintendo games on my Mac. What would I need to plug a Nintendo controller into my computer? MarioCart 64 isn't the same with the keyboard.

Do they sell USB Nintendo controllers? Or do I need to buy a genuine N64 controller and buy a dongle? Would it be plug and play?


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mirza's avatar

You'll need to get a USB adapter for the Nintendo 64 controller. You can get it on eBay for about $15:

Also, some gamestop still sell Nintendo controllers (this one store in NJ even sells N64 games).

Smashley's avatar

There are adapters you can buy, fairly cheaply. There are also some people who specialize in modified controllers for old school games which have been converted into USB controllers while still using the original stick. I’ve never tried either of them and I’m not sure how responsive the controllers are through these modifications. For my money, I’d probably go with the adapter, since N64 controllers sticks have a tendency to wear out pretty easily. With the adapter you can just switch out control pads after you play one into the ground.

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