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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 Race 2, 3 or 4 monkeys using a split screen
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Collect bananas on a bonus level
Super Monkey Ball GameCube Watch for moving platforms!
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. Sycada (191) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Great multiplayer game, lacks story Da-Flea (33) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

games xtreme May 07, 2002 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nov 07, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
4Players.de May 16, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Gamesmania.de May 05, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Game Revolution Nov, 2001 B+ 83
N-Zone Jul 06, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2001 7.75 out of 10 78
Retroage Nov 13, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77
Officiel Nintendo Magazine May, 2002 7.5 out of 10 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

JPaterson (9535) added Super Monkey Ball (GameCube) on Dec 12, 2001
Other platforms contributed by The cranky hermit (2928)