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Super Monkey Ball (GameCube)

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You play as one of four monkeys, each one trapped inside a transparent ball. You are tasked with reaching the goal in each level by tilting the playing field, resulting in your monkey "rolling" forward or backward. Several obstacles lay in between your monkey and the goal, and a time limit means you can never spend too long on a given level. Bananas are found across the levels, which both contribute to your score and grant an extra life per 100 collected.

The three main difficulty levels are Beginner, Advanced, and Expert, each of which offers more maps to play and a greater challenge. EX and Master levels are unlocked by performing well on these maps. A Competition mode allows multiple players to play these levels simultaneously on a split screen.

There are also various mini-games for you to unlock, such as Monkey Billiards and Monkey Bowling.


Super Monkey Ball GameCube Beginning a new game
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Monkey bowling
Super Monkey Ball GameCube The backgrounds have a lot of detail.
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Character Selection

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパーモンキーボール" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Sega bring us yet another brilliantly playable and original arcade game. Sycada (175) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Great multiplayer game, lacks story Da-Flea (27) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Nov 16, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
Gaming Target Apr 19, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
4Players.de May 16, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) Apr 15, 2003 82 out of 100 82
N-Zone Jul 06, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Press Start Online Jul 15, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Bright Hub Nov 24, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2001 7.75 out of 10 78
Officiel Nintendo Magazine May, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
UOL Jogos Jan 31, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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1001 Video Games

Super Monkey Ball appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The developers of Super Monkey Ball actually licensed the logo for Dole bananas for the bananas in game.

Product codes

For the Japanese and German releases of the game, a game media product code normally used for multi-disc games was used.


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    • 2001 – GameCube Action Game of the Year

JPaterson (9118) added Super Monkey Ball (GameCube) on Dec 12, 2001
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