N64 SteelBowl
B – Grade

(2 customer reviews)


These are a new, more budget friendly option for adding a Steelbowl to your N64 controller.

The process and materials I use to make these are identical to the A-Grade bowls that you’re used to but they do differ in two key ways.

  1. The Plastic outer bowl is not a genuine OEM part but instead I use an aftermarket part made by Kitsch-Bent.
  2. The Steel bowl has not had the heat-treatment applied and as a result is not hardened. Otherwise identically machined and just as highly polished, they’re just not as hard or scratch resistant.

These two small compromises make the parts less complicated to source and the bowls considerably less work to finish. That’s reflected in the price.

They shouldn’t really perform noticeable different to the A-Grade bowls, especially for more casual play and provide similar durability benefits when installed in an otherwise completely OEM joystick.
(Compatible with OEM N64 joystick modules, Kitsch-Bent aftermarket joystick parts etc

If you grab one to experiment, let me know how you like it!

  • Includes 1x KB Joystick bowl with Polished Steel bowl installed.
  • Includes Small Tube of Superlube (Silicone/PTFE Grease)

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Weight 0.024 kg

2 reviews for N64 SteelBowl
B – Grade

  1. 5 out of 5


    This thing is amazing! I’ve tried just about every replacement stick for the N64 out there and they’ve always been massive disappointments, even ones recommended as being “absolutely identical” have been way off, usually too stiff or not providing the right level of sensitivity and responsiveness.

    I’d been making do for the past few years by just adding some silicone grease to the bowl in my green N64 controller I had from new in the ’90s. While it’s never had the “pleasure” of being used with Mario Party the bowl had obviously been worn down over the years as Mario would often only walk when pushing diagonally in Mario 64 and I would struggle to scroll the screen when aiming in GoldenEye without pushing the stick very hard towards the edges.

    I think people commonly notice the looseness or grittiness that is symptomatic of worn N64 sticks but the reduction in the range of movement is a much bigger problem in many games and it happens so subtly that you don’t notice it.

    So when the SteelBowl arrived this morning I couldn’t wait to get it installed! As I mentioned I’ve been inside my N64 controller fairly regularly so I wasn’t worried about dismantling it and sure enough installing the new bowl was very quick and easy. I immediately fired up GoldenEye and was able to turn very easily when aiming, likewise a quick jet about in WaveRace 64 proved the stick was moving very smoothly and accurately.

    So in short, I believe this is the way for keeping your original N64 controllers going! It feels identical because it only replaces one part and that one part has been designed to be perfectly accurate to the original. Do your N64 a favour and get yourself one, you won’t regret it!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Kitsch Bent makes the best plastic reproduction bowls and sticks I’ve ever found. I’ve replaced OEM bowls and sticks with his and they are fantastic. This simply upgrades the thing entirely and makes an amazingly durable version of OEM with the metal. Using a plastic stick with the metal bowl means it will never scratch the bowl, since the plastic is softer. Add lube for insurance and you’ve got an ultra-long-lasting controller.

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