Not mentioned in that review though is pelican also released a pak for the N64 controllers at the same time called the "Tilt pak". http://www.twice.com/article/CA41340.html
Also the N64 was not the first to a thumb stick and was not the first to use in in 3D either. I could get picky and also point out it wasn't analog either but considering its sensitivity thats rather moot. The Vectrex, which did have 3D games. Did it over a decade before the N64. (To be clear though the little joystick, placed where a D-pad would normally be. Was not called a thumb stick. However most,but not all people controlled it using there thumb
We owe allot to nintendo because they often perfect idea's,make them work and bring it to the mass's. But some times they are given credit where it is not due.