Grab one of these knock off N64 controllers for Nintendo Switch

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.

Best of the best

Retro-Bit Tribute 64 - Classic Grey

Staff Pick

This knock-off N64 controller has a more modern design while still having all the buttons you need to play comfortably on Nintendo Switch. It's also cheaper than the official controller, making it easier to acquire more of them. What's more, the included adapters allow it to be used on the original N64 console, PC, or your Nintendo Switch.

$40 at Amazon

Time to adapt

Mayflash N64 Controller Adapter

Already have an original N64 controller lying around? This adapter lets you connect up to two N64 controllers to your Switch. Just plug the USB side into your Switch Dock, plug the N64 cables into the adapter, and you're good to go.

$24 at Amazon

Adapter needed

Retro Fighters Brawler64

This sweet N64 controller specifically works with the original console, but you can get it to work with the Nintendo Switch if you purchase an adapter. It has a great wireless design and feels good in your hands while still giving you all the buttons you need. It comes in Blue, Green, Red, or Classic Gray.

$45 at Amazon

Go GameCube

HORI Nintendo Switch GameCube Style Controller

Now obviously, this is a GameCube-style controller and not an N64 one. However, it has a layout more akin to the N64 controller, so it will be easier to use while playing your favorite N64 games. It comes in this Zelda theme or a red Mario theme, and it works wirelessly on Nintendo Switch.

$50 at Amazon

See-through classic

Retro-Bit Tribute 64 - Atomic Purple

This is just like the first controller on this list, but it has that sweet see-through purple design that reminds me so much of the colorful N64 consoles and Game Boys that released back in the day. As before, this one works wirelessly on both the original N64 and on the Switch via an adapter.

$40 at Amazon

The affordable knock off alternative

The N64 Controller was very unique in its day. Nintendo has created a newer version to work with the Switch, but they've already sold out all of their 2021 stock. So, if you plan on playing those N64 games, you're going to want a decent third-party option.

I highly recommend getting the Retro-Bit Tribute 64. It's a wireless controller that works with the original N64 console, but it also comes with adapters that allow 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 highly recommend grabbing this Mayflash N64 Controller Adapter. You and a friend can play through your favorite N64 games with the controller they were made for.