Super Monkey Ball Jr. Game Boy Advance

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2002
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. 90
    While kids will love the cheerful graphics and cute characters, adults can marvel at the simple but polished 3D levels-such as the reflective floors in Monkey Bowling.
  2. Cheat Code Central
    90
    An incredible, bang-on port of the Cube version including many of the levels, modes and characters - all in 3D. Yes, we're talking full 3D here not just some cheesy camera swirls.
  3. It's got the looks, the sounds, the depth and the reward structure, not to mention oodles of gameplay and one of the most endearing multiplayer 'party' dynamics ever.
  4. 90
    It not only offers a hell of a challenge in its main game, it also encourages replays by awarding points that will unlock well-produced mini-games.
  5. It plays like an absolute dream. Sometimes I forgot I was playing on my GBA.
  6. While it's essentially "Marble Madness" with better graphics and a few twists in the game design, it feels much more than that.
  7. Nintendo Power
    88
    A perfect GBA adaptation of the GCN original.[Jan 2003, p.174]
  8. The challenge may be extremely difficult, but players will have tons of fun in the process. Honors should be given because this is the first 3D handheld game to be ported from a 3D game on a 3D system.
  9. It faithfully reproduces what was one of the best surprises of the GameCube launch in almost every respect!
  10. It's easy enough so that anyone can play it but challenging enough to stump even the most intellectual of players.
  11. Game Informer
    80
    The physics and control (digital instead of analog) are a tad off. [Feb 2003, p.108]
  12. Able to combine both mechanical genius and addictive magic to give you a compelling offbeat title that everyone ought to check out.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    80
    As accurate a port as one could hope for on GBA - the 3D engine runs smoothly, mimicking the look and feel of the GC game while maintaining its tight controls. [Feb 2003, p.158]
  14. Pocket Games
    80
    The 3D engine runs smoothly, mimicking the look and feel of the GC game while maintaining its tight controls. [Spring 2003, p.39]
  15. 80
    The graphics in Super Monkey Ball Jr. truly shine. Executed in the same style as its arcade/console counterparts, Jr. plays in full 3D This level of quality should surprise many.
  16. With its cast of cute characters, vibrant graphics, and appealing sound effects, Super Monkey Ball Jr. feels right at home on Game Boy Advance, even despite the sometimes hairy controls. It's a great title to take on the road or to enjoy with a group of friends.

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
#16 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 27, 2016
    10
    THQ made this? Wow. This game is just like the Gamecube games but on the Gameboy Advance! This game has amazing gameplay, easy and hardTHQ made this? Wow. This game is just like the Gamecube games but on the Gameboy Advance! This game has amazing gameplay, easy and hard levels, and its portable! Full Review »
  2. Jun 27, 2016
    8
    This game is nearly (maybe) a masterpiece. First, this game is really fun. But some stages are way too difficult like Expert Floor 19 whereThis game is nearly (maybe) a masterpiece. First, this game is really fun. But some stages are way too difficult like Expert Floor 19 where you must run up really steep bottoms and tops of the platforms. Overall. it's an amazing and fun game with some akward controls and no depth perception. That's why my final rating for this game, is 8/10. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    10
    This game is fun but super monkey ball 3d is alot better because of the graphics that nintendo putted in which is nice for the whole worldThis game is fun but super monkey ball 3d is alot better because of the graphics that nintendo putted in which is nice for the whole world plus i like worlds one two three four five six seven eight and nine and ten that is cool even when getting lots and lots of bananas Full Review »