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Is it possible to use the controllers from an NTSC (Japanese / US) Nintendo 64 system on a PAL (EUR) system? Are they the same item or is there a difference?

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I don't see why they'd be different; just the power supply and display output devices for consoles should differ from region to region. – Frank Jan 29 '13 at 23:21
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@fbueckert - It appears the original NES controllers were region locked: retro.mmgn.com/NES/Forums/Nes-Controller-NTSC-to-PAL-Conversion – xiaohouzi79 Jan 29 '13 at 23:25
    
Interesting. I hadn't known that was a thing. – Frank Jan 29 '13 at 23:27
    
@xiaohouzi79 So, did you try? – Zommuter Jul 22 '13 at 7:52
    
@xiaohouzi79 Which controllers were you trying to connect? – user128965 Nov 15 '15 at 17:17

As far as I know, the controllers are identical, I'm fairly sure the controllers themselves are not going to have any region-specific differences.

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