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Description

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.

Screenshots

Super Monkey Ball GameCube Monkey racing
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Goal!!!!!
Super Monkey Ball GameCube You may need to travel up or down hill
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Collect enough bananas for a bonus life

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Alternate Titles

  • "Monkey Ball" -- Arcade title
  • "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. GameCube Sycada (190)
Great multiplayer game, lacks story GameCube Da-Flea (33)

Critic Reviews

SegaFan.com GameCube Sep 17, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
Game Zero GameCube Dec, 2001 23.5 out of 25 94
GameSpy GameCube Nov 20, 2001 91 out of 100 91
GamersMark GameCube Nov 28, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gamereactor (Sweden) GameCube May 08, 2003 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de GameCube May 16, 2002 88 out of 100 88
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Apr, 2002 86 out of 100 86
The Video Game Critic GameCube Mar 01, 2002 B+ 83
N-Zone GameCube Jul 06, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Difference GameCube Dec 11, 2001 15 out of 20 75

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Bananas

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.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – GameCube Action Game of the Year

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