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Nintendo GameCube Controller DOL-003. Released November 2001, compatible with Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo Switch. Repair for this device is straightforward and requires only common tools.

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How do I Replace Joystick Component?

Intro:

Being somebody who plays Super Smash Bros. Melee, my GameCube controller (DOL-003) really takes a beating. Keep in mind this is the "Bundled in the Box" original controller that came with my GameCube years ago. With the intense game play associated with the game, my joysticks have suffered quite a bit. I continued use with the original controller to the point where the original joysticks failed. When I talk about the joysticks, I mean the actual component on the circuit board that takes that mechanical input and turns it into an electric input. So I looked for a replacement and found some cheap things on ebay.

Attempt at a Fix:

When I first got my joysticks, they seemed pretty nice, they were a more firm feeling joystick than the spongier ones on the original controller. I used my knowledge of soldering to remove the old ones and replace them with the new ones. Each joystick had six connections, three for both axis of control. Only problem is that the original ones on the controller used a screw mounting system where as these ones used a soldered connection to keep it in place. That means the new ones had ten connections; it still had the six connections for the axis control, but it had four extra connections for mounting to the board. These four extra connections didn't fit in the old board, so I had to remove them. This setup worked for a short period of time until one of them broke. Trust me, they are cheap, garbage that break after a month or two of use. You'd think it would have broke because those four support connections are gone, but what actually happened was the mechanical connection to the electrical component on the Y-axis broke. Essentially the joystick can only do side-to-side motion, but not up and down.

What do I do?

So, now I am in this situation where I can't find a suitable replacement, and there is no way I am about to drop $50+ on a new genuine controller, or get a used one. How do I find the same joysticks that match the original but are new? (OEM). I have looked all over the place, and have had no luck. If you are able to tell me where to get such joysticks, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Will

We have seen two different designs of replacement GameCube 3D modules, one which is a copy of the original and another with a different design.

We have been looking at the Game Cube 3D modules ourselves for our third party controller in order to improve it for Smash bros and cannot find a source for OEM which were made by Mitsumi. To buy from such a manufacturer would require massive minimum orders like 100K pieces or maybe more.

I believe the issue with the third party sticks is either the design used or the plastic quality, the part is actually really basic and just a few bits of moulded plasic in a metal casing and two sensors on the sides.

The issue seems to be with the middle plastic parts wearing and failing, the plastic grinds down to a white powder.

Could you post a picture of the top of the thumbstick to down what the inside looks like, i could probably tell you if you used the version that is a copy or alternative design, it might be worth you trying the copy style as it might last longer.

We are hoping to produce a better 3d stick for our GameCube controller this year but it will be later in the year.

Kieran

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