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Button Action
Neutral control
  • Walk
  • Move cursor
A button
  • Talk (while facing another character)
  • Enter a building (while facing a door)
  • Shake tree (while facing a tree)
  • Read messages (while facing a bulletin board)
  • Use item (when holding an item)
B button
  • Put away items
  • Put away furniture
  • Back to previous screen
B button+Neutral control or L button+Neutral control or R button+Neutral control
  • Run
X button
  • Look at map (if you have it)
Y button or Start button
  • Open/Close item screen
Z button+L button+R button
  • Stop playing an NES game
L button
  • Grab item (in menu)
R button
  • Switch menu (in menu; order is: Items, Bug Encyclopedia, Fish Encyclopedia, Items, and so on)
Neutral cstick
  • Adjust camera (inside houses)
  • Move cursor
Z button
  • Turn on/off lights (inside houses)

Typing[edit]

Button Action
Neutral control
  • Choose a letter
Neutral dpad
  • Move cursor across the page
A button
  • Type letter
B button
  • Delete letter
X button
  • Accent letter
Y button
  • Switch keyboard (letters, punctuation, and icons)
Z button
  • Change key layout (QWERTY vs. DVORAK (Alphabetical))
L button
  • Caps lock/unlock
R button
  • Insert Space
Start button
  • Finish typing