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  • Summary: Taking advantage of the power of the Nintendo 3DS, players can let themselves loose in each new vibrant world as they twist and turn whilst aiming to collect every banana in the fastest time possible. This latest installment contains three brand-new compelling gameplay choices including single-player puzzle levels, Monkey Race and Monkey Fight. These new game modes give players the chance to compete via wireless connection with up to four players in the best 3D social experience possible in the palm of their hands. In addition, Super Monkey Ball fans will be able to choose between the Nintendo 3DS motion sensor or the Slide Pad to navigate the puzzle mazes with complete precision. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 57
  2. Negative: 16 out of 57
  1. May 13, 2011
    91
    My only major complaint is the lack of mini-games. While the two present can be fun in their own right, I would have loved to see a few more for variety.
  2. Mar 25, 2011
    75
    A stellar action puzzle hybrid with tight controls, Monkey Ball 3D is the best Monkey Ball game since the original, and Sega's found some cool ways to implement the system's 3D functionality and make it relevant to the gameplay.
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    65
    Full of charm while lacking in spirit.
  4. May 12, 2011
    58
    It is a decent game, and will impress you with its 3D effects and difficulty. However, with an asking price of $39.99, the game just isn't worth it, unless you are a major Monkey Ball fan.
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    50
    A listless take on a game that should be – and has previously been – anything but.
  6. Apr 14, 2011
    45
    The only thing Super Monkey Ball 3D manages to offer is a functional control scheme that shows off the 3DS' gyroscopic capabilities - provided you don't care to play in actual 3-D. Everything else about the game, from its short and unchallenging missions to its worthless extra play modes, is not worth your time. It might be best if Sega lets these monkeys hop into their balls and roll off into the sunset; their time has clearly passed.
  7. Mar 31, 2011
    20
    It's really a shame that Super Monkey Ball 3D is so disappointing, because it does have a lot of charm.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    10
    this game is fun because you get you have that motion control capabilities.and you can pick from 16 cars and 6 characters and go in circles you also can have lots of fun in battle mode and race in fun races for hours Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2011
    8
    An good choice for a game to get with the 3DS. The game is challenging, but not as hard as the originals on Gamecube. The two other mini games are quite fun. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2013
    7
    Although this game is cheap for an average of $15, it does have a lack of several abilitys. This game only has 3 modes to play. Fight, race, and get you monkey to the goal. The challenge (goal) game is fun and has added the new "world" idea to the game, but is not challenging at all. The fight is much like Super Smash Brothers and the Race is exactly like Mario Kart. You aren't in you ball at all during these 2 games. Monkey Ball 3D does all kill some of the fun out of multiplayer also. It is terrible how this game only has 3 modes, because you get bored in a matter of 5 10 min. This game has a whole new idea though, if some gamers like that. Instead of saying "fallout" it says "out of bounds" which many gamers think it stupid. Although this game is exciting and can be fun at some points, it should of included all 15 minigames and new unlockable characters like the past games had, meaning its a new version of Monkey Ball some people wanted to look up to Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2011
    6
    The game is fun, very fun, but over in about 2hours. The 3D is fantastic but melts your eyes (this is why Nintendo say only have it turned on for 15mins at a time) I actually had to alternate 3D on and off to stop my eyes from exploding. The controls are amazing, both the circle pad and gyro controls are very precise and the gyro controls calibrate each time you use them so there's no issues there. The main game has 8worlds and is very easy. The other mini games I found are good enough to be worth my time though, the monkey fight is a dumbed down smash bros that plays ok but is ridiculously easy (my first time playing I finished with 143 bananas,while all 3 computers had 0) and the monkey ball kart I found painful to play the drifting is poor, and when you get hit by a weapon you stop for a ludicrous amount of time. On the upper hand though the courses are fine. If you like repeatedly playing a few levels to better your score this is a good game for you otherwise, pick it up if you find it really cheap it is fun but its not worth the money 3ds cost right now. Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2013
    5
    This game was ok... there is nothing much more to say. The new features which they added (mario kart clone) were bad, but the main campaign was good but just nothing special. Expand
  6. May 25, 2011
    5
    The gameplay that Monkey Ball that has made it so "good" (tilting a stage to roll your ball-encased monkey to the goal) gets old, and the two minigames are complete rip-offs of Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart. Expand
  7. Sep 21, 2011
    1
    Oh crap. I accidentally put 10 instead of 5.5 (5). Well there now they even each other out. Read my actual review if you want an in depth look in the game. Yeah. . . . Expand

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