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The Nintendo 64 controller is available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers to purchase

N64 Controller Nintendo Switch
N64 Controller Nintendo Switch (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription service that offers online play, a library of exclusive retro games, and special offers.
  • Among the special offers are a wireless Nintendo 64 controller that can be used to play Nintendo 64 games if members are subscribed to the Expansion Pack tier.
  • After being out of stock for a while, players can now purchase the controllers again.

Every time Nintendo releases hardware that's compatible with its current library of games, it's bound to sell out quicker than Mario can say, "Yahoo!". The Nintendo Switch Online service allows players to play retro games from the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System if they're subscribed to the base tier, with additional Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis being offered to those who subscribed to the base tier + Expansion Pack. Along with these games are official wireless controllers for the NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis that can only be bought by those with the corresponding subscription.

After being sold out for months, the Nintendo 64 controller is now available for purchase exclusively from the company's official online store. The Nintendo 64 controller can be used both with corresponding retro games available in the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, as well as Super Mario 64 in the now discontinued Super Mario 3d All Stars collection. Many of the games took advantage of the Nintendo 64's unique controller scheme to make their games more intuitive to play, which often translates poorly to traditional modern controllers. Of course, players can still use Joy-Con or the Pro Controller, with adjusted controls being made available.

Nadine Dornieden
Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.