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Super Monkey Ball

aka: Monkey Ball

Description official descriptions

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.


  • スーパーモンキーボール - Japanese spelling

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Credits (GameCube version)

71 People (42 developers, 29 thanks) · View all

Game Program Director
System Programmers
Party Game Programmers
Mini Game Programmers
2D System Programmer
Stage Design Director
Stage Designers
Motion Design Director
Motion Designers
2D Designer
Character Designer
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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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  • MobyGames ID: 5502


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by JPaterson.

Arcade added by The cranky hermit.

Additional contributors: NeoMoose, Patrick Bregger, JMM, is_that_rain_or_tears, FatherJack.

Game added January 3rd, 2002. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.