No more N64 controllers to be sold this year, says Nintendo

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

What you need to know

  • Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack lets subscribers access Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles.
  • Nintendo released wireless Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers to provide an authentic experience.
  • The company's website claims that Nintendo 64 controllers won't be available until 2022.

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack's release has been met with some controversy, such as severe input lag issues during online multiplayer sessions, or the inability to remap controls. However, there's no doubt that the wireless Nintendo 64 controller that's being offered to subscribers of Nintendo Switch Online is a hit. Restocks sell out in a matter of minutes compared to the Sega Genesis controller, which suggests that subscribers are really jumping on the hype train when it comes to games they have nostalgia for.

Unfortunately, anyone who missed last night's surprise restock will be out of luck until next year. On the official page for the Nintendo 64 wireless controller, the following phrase can be read under the "Out of Stock" button:

More controllers will be available in 2022.

This is unfortunate for fans who may have had plans to play through some multiplayer titles like Mario Kart 64 this holiday season. The inability to remap controls on Nintendo Switch controllers means that using the official Nintendo 64 controllers would have made playing games a lot easier. We'll be sure to update you as soon as new stock arrives.

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.