Yeah, I'm aware of the design flaw. I just suspect think it's not as bad as people make it out to be.
I knew plenty of people at the time with N64s and never had anyone complain about the stick not working. I don't even recall internet complaints about it until well after the system and controller had been retired. Again, mine work just fine to this day and I played the N64 more than any other console since. If it's a design flaw and not misuse, then it's pretty curious that mine wouldn't wear down like everyone else's supposedly did after thousands of hours worth of heavy use from a teenager.
It's not as though friction causing wear is the sort of hardware failure you could just get lucky about dodging.
Really? It was an extremely widespread issue, and plenty of people were talking about it during the GE007/Mario Kart 64 fanbase, and especially with Mario Party since that game would wear out controllers in literally weeks if not days.
Gretzky Hockey was probably the first game that wore out controllers very quickly. I have several N64 controllers still (of those that I didn't break while fixing) and they all have loose sticks.
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