July 10, 2012 – 11:19 pm
Nothing ruins a gaming session quite like a bad controller. Here’s what to do if you think your Famicom controller is losing it’s responsiveness or nothing happens when you press a button.
Here’s a torn A/B button rubber part.
Most controllers stop working because the thin rubber pieces inside break. Once they get ripped, suddenly the buttons feel mushy and unresponsive and you start getting your butt kicked by whatever space alien, monster, robot, etc., is attacking you. Famicom controllers have three rubber parts: one each for the direction buttons, Start/Select, and A/B buttons. Usually the A/B and directional rubber pieces are the first to go, depending on what game you are playing. Button masher games like Hyper Olympic, where in order to run fast you’ve got to mash the A button as fast as possible, tend to destroy the A/B rubber piece. Flying games tend to stress the directional rubber piece.
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