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Super Monkey Ball (GCN / GameCube)

Game Review

Super Monkey Ball Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Stuart Reddick

Sega's first game on a Nintendo console is a ball!

Super Monkey Ball comprises 6 mini-games on top of the main game with over 90 stages. What more could be packed into Sega's first game on a Nintendo console? It's one of those rare games that keeps you up late into the night so that you can just get past one more tricky level.

The graphics are nice and clean with vibrant colours - not realistic in any way, but then it isn't supposed to be (you are guiding a monkey in a ball around a level, remember). The level environments look great, with wave and reflection effects perfectly simulated and everything runs at an impressive 60fps, with no pop-up or noticeable slowdown. The music is catchy and the cute monkey noises will put a smile on the face of players young and old.

The game is played by tilting the floor - which may seem odd at first, but after a few plays seems the most natural thing in the world. The perfectly calibrated analogue stick on the Gamecube controller proves its worth as you roll and bounce around the levels like a natural born monkeyball roller.

With 7 different playing styles (all with optional multiplayer) you will not tire of this game quickly. But if you do manage to finish the levels there's some extra levels and master difficulty to unlock - if you can manage to complete the game without using a continue. Good luck!


Super Monkey Ball is a great game that shows off the Gamecube's graphical abilities whilst being one of the most fun multiplayer party games available. Even if the main play mode doesn't appeal we're sure the other play modes will appeal to you. Its arcade roots mean the game is of the pick-up and play variety - great for a quick blast before going out.

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User Comments (7)




Fantastic game. I can' remember whether I remember no 1 or no 2, but they were both fantastic. Potential "Play it on Wii" game with MotionPlus hopefully.



Knux said:

This review is too short, score is top-notch though. Super Monkey Ball is an awesome game, I need to re-buy it sometime.



TKOWL said:

Hopefully Step and Roll can be as good as the first two games



Yoshidude said:

I remember when I was like 6 when I rented this game at Blockbuster. I remember I had a blast with it but I also hated it because it was really hard (well of course, I was 6). But if I were to play it just once more, I would be satisfied.



rhythmheavenfan said:

I really loved this game when it came out. It's too bad the series has gotten so watered down throughout the years.



Gridatttack said:

One of the best game on the GCN, along with its sequel. I have played this game so many times, and once you have the skill to get to the master stages, its so rewarding.



SparkOfSpirit said:

This game is packed with content and challenge. IMO, the score should be 10/10. As far as games go, they don't get much better than this. Especially in the genre.

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