There are many licensed and unlicensed controllers for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the licensed category one could argue that the original brick style controller trumps all, followed closely by the dogbone controller. However, neither of these controllers have the much desired "turbo" buttons that all of the unlicensed controllers had.
The NES MAX is one licensed controller that has turbo buttons. It is small, lightweight, comfortable, MADE BY NINTENDO, and natural in the players hands. It would be a very good controller if it wasn't for one thing. The slider. Instead of a D-Pad, it has a red disk that slides around to the different directions. This seems like a good idea, but for precision gaming, it is pretty useless.
This instructable will show you how you can upgrade your NES MAX controller for under $5 in under 10 minutes, leaving you with one of the best controllers you will ever use.
Step 1: Tools and Resources
You will need:
NES MAX Controller
Small Phillips screwdriver
Small Flathead screwdriver
Metal file or sandpaper
Replacement thumbstick (I chose red to match the buttons)
The thumbsticks can be sacrificed from pretty much any controller. It was easier for me to order brand new red xbox 360 thumbsticks from ebay for under $5 shipped. ( I used the ebay search terms "red 360 sticks" )