> If I dont care about rumble, is it better to buy a N64 controller and a USB adapter > for N64 emulation or is it better to buy something more modern that can connect to a > PC directly? > > N64 controller would be the most authentic but finding a second hand controller that > is in good condition and isn't super-expensive is hard in my neck of the woods plus I > then need to find an adapter to connect it to my PC that isn't super expensive as > well. A more modern controller would probably be easier to connect to a PC (xbox in > particular seems easy to get working) and would likely be easier to find.
N64 controller+USB adapter for N64 games any day over a PlayStation or Xbox style controller. If you can get a replacement thumbstick even the worst N64 controller can be tamed into making Mario run at full speed instead of creeping along or only running when going sideways or toward the camera.