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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 goal is in sight
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Floors get progressively trickier
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Celebration
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Way off the monkey target

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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. GameCube Sycada (175)
Great multiplayer game, lacks story GameCube Da-Flea (27)

Critic Reviews GameCube Sep 17, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
GameSpy GameCube Nov 20, 2001 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) GameCube Nov 16, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
Nintendo Life GameCube Jan 02, 2006 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Edge GameCube Oct 08, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Target GameCube Apr 19, 2002 8.8 out of 10 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
Press Start Online GameCube Jul 15, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Retroage GameCube Nov 13, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77


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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.


  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – GameCube Action Game of the Year

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