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 The path gets narrower
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Floors get progressively trickier
Super Monkey Ball GameCube You may need to travel up or down hill
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Monkey fight!

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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 Sep 17, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
games xtreme May 07, 2002 9.2 out of 10 92
GamersMark Nov 28, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nov 07, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Nov, 2001 B+ 83
Edutaining Kids Apr, 2002 B+ 83
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 05, 2001 8 out of 10 80 Jun 04, 2002 15 out of 20 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.

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


  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – GameCube Action Game of the Year

JPaterson (9101) added Super Monkey Ball (GameCube) on Dec 12, 2001
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