Untether your gameplay and go wire-free thanks to this list of the best Wireless N64 controllers!
I’ve always loved the Nintendo 64 more than any other console. Sure, the PS5 is an absolute beast, but the N64 was the first console I ever owned, the first console to that I plugged into my massive TV aged 6 and saw Mario running around for the first time.
It was the first console I played Zelda on, for crying out loud!
And now, I get to play all of those games again sat back on my sofa and not leaning over the edge of my seat because of the cable attached to the console.
I know; if you’re a kid reading this article, then you don’t know how good you’ve got it with all these next gen consoles. The struggle was real back in the day!
So, without further ado, I’m going to stop waffling and let you discover the best wireless N64 controllers out there for fun and relaxing gameplay.
Get ready to play Smash Bros. and Mario Kart like you’ve never played them before!
1. RetroFighters Brawler64
The RetroFighters Brawler64 is the best wireless N64 controller without a shadow of a doubt. It’s the most ergonomic of all the controllers in this list and, using a shape and feel that we’re more used to from playing next gen consoles.
Or to put it a different way, you won’t have to ever do that annoying crab hand pose that we had to do back in the N64 days ever again!
The joystick is superb, and its new placement along with the change in position of the D-Pad just makes so much more sense.
RetroFighters have made an incredible controller here, giving the Z triggers (yes, plural) a digital press when pulling. They feel great, and frankly we don’t know how we ever lived without them.
Add in the fact that you can use both official and 3rd party Memory Paks in the included dongle, and it becomes the best controller on the market.
I would like it to come with a rumble feature, but the new Retro Fighters Brawler64 Wireless Nintendo Switch Controller at least allows players to experience their favourite games online with rumble!
With 10 hour + charge via USB C and a slick turbo function to save your thumbs when button mashing in Super Smash Bros., the Brawler64 needs to be in your collection!
2. Hyperkin Admiral
We all know about Hyperkin here at Retro Dodo. They make tonnes of exciting retro gaming accessories, including the WaveBird-esque Hyperkin Admiral.
While the Brawler64 takes the top spot in this best wireless N64 controller article, the Hyperkin Admiral isn’t far behind it. With over 30ft of connectivity and the fact that it can be used Android Smartphones, Mac, and PCs, this is a great controller for multiple devices and a non-stop-shop for Retro Gaming goodness.
Plus, it comes with the Hyperkin seal of quality, so you know you’re getting a great product!
The main thing that makes the Brawler64 better than the Admiral is charge time and method. The Admiral only lasts for 6 hours and is charged via Micro USB, meaning it takes longer to get to full charge.
This is certainly an affordable controller for those not wanting to spend the earth on a wireless solution and can be used with all your old Memory Paks!
3. Nintendo Switch Online N64 Controller
For those of you wanting that nostalgic feel while playing Banjo-Kazooie or Mario Kart 64 on your switch, then the Nintendo Switch Online N64 Controller is a must-have accessory!
Even though the crab hand was uncomfortable, you can’t deny that this controller was incredibly iconic. With a built in rumble and wireless compatibility, it really is the only way to play N64 games on your Switch!
And yes, it has a USB-C charging port too!
This is a full size controller too and feels just like the real deal, only this time without the wire. For those of you that can remember the N64, you’ll know what this means – kicking back on the sofa and playing Super Mario 64 without having to sit on the floor or getting square eyes!
4. Retro-Bit Tribute 64
Next up in our list of the best wireless Nintendo 64 controllers is the Retro-Bit Tribute 64, a controller that looks and feels a lot like the Hyperkin Admiral.
This 2.4Ghz wireless remote can be used either on your original N64 or with multiple other devices compatible with USB controllers. The triggers are easy to use, and it’s a nice remote that has everything you need for your gaming needs.
This controller does have rumble where the Brawler64 doesn’t, though I’d much rather have the feel of B64 than this second WaveBird-esque remote.
And, like every option in this list, it maintains the classic N64 remote button colour style and placement. It uses the ‘universally accepted’ style of the analogue stick in the left hand corner just like the B64 and the Admiral and is a solid alternative to Hyperkin’s entry in this list.
5. RetroBit 8BitDo Controller
Finally, we have the RetroBit 8BitDo Controller, a wireless remote that looks exactly like the old N64 controller.
Unfortunately, while this looks like an N64 controller, it isn’t compatible with your N64. If you play your Nintendo 64 games using some of the best N64 emulators around, then you can hook this bad-boy up for nostalgic wireless gaming.
That’s essentially why I’ve put this controller in last place. The Bluetooth connection is stable and it works great on Mac, Android, and PC, just not on my favourite Ninty console.
Still, it’s definitely one for the emulator fans amongst you, so don’t discount it completely!
Thank’s for checking out our list of the best wireless N64 controllers! Stick around and take a look at the best N64 games of all time now and figure which games you’re going to use your new remote on!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.