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The Nowhere Islands are an idyllic place; the residents of Tazmily Village live peacefully and in harmony with nature and with each other. But this changes when the mysterious Pigmask Army arrives and proceeds to destroy and corrupt, with force and sly persuasion alike. The main character is Lucas, a young boy who must find out who wants to destroy the tranquility of Nowhere Islands and turn them into a high-tech nightmare.

Mother 3 is a top-down role-playing game. The player character (the characters controlled by the player change often) travels around the Nowhere Islands with his party, talking to people and furthering the plot. It is possible to "dash", which not only allows to travel faster, but also allows to knock weaker enemies out of the way (or to ram some objects/characters).

There are many enemies to battle in the game. The battles are turn-based; each turn, a character can attack with his weapon, use a special ability (some characters have powerful psychic abilities, others have different special skills), use an item or try to run away. The battles feature a musical combo system, where tapping a button in rhythm with the background music will cause additional damage to the enemy. The characters have "rolling HP meters"; when they are dealt damage, they don't lose all the HP right away, but their HP decreases slowly; this way, even if a character receives massive damage, he can survive with only minor injuries if you manage to end the combat quickly. Winning battles gives the characters experience (and thus makes them stronger) and, later in the game, money (known as "DP"), which can be used in shops to buy better equipment or useful objects.

There are many frogs encountered throughout the game, who serve as save points (and later as ATM machines). If all characters die during a battle, you can come back to life near the latest save point encountered and try again.


Mother 3 Game Boy Advance Game start
Mother 3 Game Boy Advance A temple near the forest
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Mother 3 Game Boy Advance Your grandfather's home

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Alternate Titles

  • "EarthBound 2" -- Alternate Title

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User Reviews

A true game with heart Calpis (65) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de Jul, 2010 10 out of 10 100
RetroGame Man Mar 28, 2016 10 out of 10 100
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 16, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Games TM Jun, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Legendra Jul 25, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
NGC Magazine Jun, 2006 77 out of 100 77
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 29, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Background Jun, 2006 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

Mother 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

English translation

The devoted fans of Mother 3, upon hearing that the game would not see a release outside Japan, not only created a professional-quality fan translation, but also a professional-quality game guide (similar to the one that originally came with Earthbound). Links can be found in the related links section.


The game was originally planned for the 64DD and many videos and images of that build exist. However, that was not to be, and many years later the game came to the Game Boy Advance in a radically different graphical form.

Information also contributed by JudgeDeadd.

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Inlagd sill (37) added Mother 3 (Game Boy Advance) on Aug 22, 2007
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