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?

  • 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, 2013 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
    – going
    Jan 29, 2013 at 23:25
  • Interesting. I hadn't known that was a thing.
    – Frank
    Jan 29, 2013 at 23:27
  • @xiaohouzi79 So, did you try?
    – Zommuter
    Jul 22, 2013 at 7:52
  • @xiaohouzi79 Which controllers were you trying to connect?
    – user128965
    Nov 15, 2015 at 17:17

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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.


Actually there is a difference between the cables of the controllers. Some controllers (I think the controllers from PAL systems) have a ferrite bead at the end of the cable. There are also different types of ferrite beads (I think 2).

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I answered a similar question with additional details here. Basically @electronbeam is correct the standard controllers for all regions send the exact same signal down the wire.

  • I can also confirm that I have now tried many (at least 50) Japanese controllers on PAL consoles and there is no difference. This includes using rumble packs and Pokemon transfer packs from PAL regions inside "Japanese" controllers and they all work the same. This includes controllers that were exclusive releases in Japan.
    – going
    Dec 8, 2016 at 4:50

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