• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 27, 2011

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 57
  2. Negative: 16 out of 57
  1. 48
    You'll finish the only interesting mode in less than two hours, and the mini-game modes don't provide much replay value. Expect to play this for a weekend, and then forget about it completely.
  2. Apr 14, 2011
    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.
  3. Mar 31, 2011
    The only really decent thing about the game is that the soundtrack is pretty good. It doesn't warrant being called the best in the series, but it's about the only highlight I feel is worth mentioning.
  4. Mar 25, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball 3D feels in some way unfinished. It looks like SEGA couldn't finish the port in time. Only one of the three game modes works in 3D, the other two just flicker and make you turn back to 2D voluntarily. There's no monkey party in 3D yet.
  5. 40
    A very short game that offers little - the classic mode - the rest is a complete blackout.
  6. Apr 14, 2011
    Overall Super Monkey Ball 3D contains two insultingly bad games and one that's quite alright, as long as you turn off the 3D effects and gyroscope controls. This is of course very disappointing, and we were expecting so much more from the series debut on 3DS.
  7. Apr 7, 2011
    An empty experience.
  8. Mar 28, 2011
    There was a time when Super Monkey Ball was synonymous with quality, but now we're not so sure anymore.
  9. Mar 27, 2011
    It looks and controls like the originals, but this lacks anything of the challenge, design flair or variety of a really super Monkey Ball.
  10. Mar 25, 2011
    This kind of release does the publisher no favours at all. If content is king, then Super Monkey Ball 3D is very much the Prince Andrew of the 3DS launch.
  11. Mar 25, 2011
    The original concept of Super Monkey Ball 3D is still pleasant, that's for sure. However, it is impossible to play properly with both the motion gameplay and the 3D activated... Anyway the 3D disturbs more than it helps here. The new Kart and Combat modes are of no help to raise the whole game, which is a bit disapointing at the end.
  12. Mar 16, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. May 22, 2011
    So gratingly tedious in navigating stages that Monkey Ball's overarching identity is lost. [Issue#109, p.120]
  14. Apr 8, 2011
    Short, disappointing, and certainly not worth spending £40 on.
  15. 30
    Super Monkey Ball 3D is a mess. Sega appears to have forgotten how to make a good Monkey Ball game. The puzzle levels are uninteresting, and the two multiplayer modes are extremely poor rip-offs of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. I can't recommend this game for anyone.
  16. Mar 31, 2011
    It's really a shame that Super Monkey Ball 3D is so disappointing, because it does have a lot of charm.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    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. . . . Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2013
    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 Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2013
    Gráficamente el juego es increíble y hace que logremos olvidar lo malo que es en realidad. El problema llega en la dificultad del juego, que es muy pobre incluso jugando con el giroscopio los niveles son muy sencillos y nada innovadores, cosa que se extrañó realmente en esta entrega.
    Pasar el juego no te lleva ni un par de horas por lo que recurres rápidamente a los minijuegos, pero es aquí donde todo se torna gris: todos ellos sin excepción son malos, llenos bugs y nada divertidos, la música es siempre la misma por lo que suele fastidiar y el gameplay es un caos total, absolutamente nada responsivo. Sin duda este juego es un intento fallido de repetir la grandiosidad de Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz y la complejidad de las primeras entregas, haciendo de este un juego mediocre, fácil y sin sentido con minijuegos absurdos, aburridos y repetitivos que lo empeoran aún más.
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