Retro-Bit Reveals Revamped N64 Controller from Platinum Collection

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Retro-Bit’s new Platinum Collection will recreate iconic controllers from classic consoles for use on modern PCs/systems, and they’re kicking off with the Tribute64. Come inside to learn more!

If you’re a fan of retro gaming, you have some sweet new stuff to look forward to. Retro-Bit, one of the leads in making old stuff new, is pulling the curtain back on their Platinum Collection. They announced the new series of controllers (that will work with the original consoles they’re based on AND modern systems) at CES earlier this year, but today they’re showing off the first controller, the Tribute64.

The Tribute64 Original Port is designed for exclusive use on the Nintendo 64 ® , while its USB counterpart is compatible with PC, Mac ® , Steam ® , and the Nintendo Switch is set to release springtime 2019 in the U.S. and Europe.

The design contrasts the original “M”-shaped Nintendo 64 ® controller which was initially made for three different hand positions. There had always been sparked debate among the gaming community regarding the look of the original Nintendo 64 ® controller where its three prongs were conceived to be uncomfortable for gameplay. Retro-Bit ® made a version of their own and updated to two handles which have been deemed to be more appropriate. Retro-Bit ® is set to bring a controller for the Nintendo 64 ® console for €24.99 and USB ® port for €29.99.

“Retro-Bit indulges with the retrogaming community. There was strong enthusiasm in creating a line of controllers fashioned after the top three retro systems. Beyond the aspect of dedicating a revamped version of the N64 controller, Retro-Bit’s goal is to enrich today’s gaming experience while touching on the retro-gaming side. They are doing that with the release of the Tribute64 and its two port versions that will reach a wide spectrum in compatibility.” says Retro-Bit’s’ marketing manager Richard Igros.

One key component of the controller is the high-quality analog stick, which is uniquely made in Japan utilizing the highest grade in their degree system. A primary point for any analog stick on a controller is the dead zone range. The dead zone essentially assists gamers in the accuracy and sensitivity. The higher the dead zone in an analog stick, the more in-sync the gameplay will be with a gamer’s movement. With a dead zone of 120, the Tribute64 also allows for a wider throw range compared to the original Nintendo 64 ® controller which has a dead zone of 80.

Making the analog stick surpassingly sensitive, accurate, and rhythmically fluent. Retro-Bit® ‘s Tribute64 controller features a wide and ergonomic design. The thick and reshaped dual Z shoulder pads provide maximum grip, while the repositioned D-pad grants dual thumb access. It also encompasses features that include a memory card port and rumble pak and a larger start button.

The Nintendo 64 redesigned controller will have three different colors; Red, Forest Green, and Ocean Blue. All three versions will be available online and local gaming stores. If you’re looking to pick one up, Retro-Bit has a list of places you can find them on their website.

Both the standard version and USB versions will be available in May (the 24th and 31st respectively). Will you be picking this up for your retrogaming needs?