Best third-party N64 controllers for Nintendo Switch in 2024

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack has brought some of the very best N64 games to Nintendo Switch. However, playing those retro titles using Joy-Cons or a normal Switch controller feels strange. The official N64 controller is the best way to play, but there's a shortage of stock. So, if you want to play those games more easily, you'll want to nab a third-party N64 controller for Switch.

Get your old-school gaming on with these N64 controllers

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The affordable knock-off alternative

With its constantly low stock and expensive price, many fans aren't sure if the official N64 controller for Switch is worth it, even if it allows them to play classic games the way they were meant to be played. Fortunately, there are a few third-party options on the market that work with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack as well.

I highly recommend getting the Retro Fighters Brawler64 USB Wireless Edition. It's a wireless controller that works with the original N64 console but also comes with an adapter that allows it to work on the Nintendo Switch. It has all the buttons you need to play your favorite N64 games but the layout is more manageable and feels good in your hands.

If you already have an N64 controller lying around, I suggest grabbing the Mayflash N64 Controller Adapter. You and a friend can play through your favorite N64 games with the controller they were made for.

Of course, not everyone wants to play with an N64 controller, and for those folks, we also have a guide to the best Nintendo Switch controllers in general. No matter which controller, you choose, it'll be a blast to play some of the very best Nintendo Switch games on them.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.