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The following is a list of controls for Mother 3:

  • Neutral dpad: Controls your character(s) and their movements, along with the movement of the arrows on the selection screens.
  • A button: Used to "Talk" and "Examine", as well as make menu selections.
  • B button: Used to "Dash" and cancel menus.
  • L button: Used to "Talk" and "Examine", as well as scroll between party members in menus.
  • R button: Shows area map (if available), as well as scroll between party members in menus.
  • Start button: Shows main menu.
  • Select button: Displays HP/PP, toggles display of item pictures in inventory during battle.