• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Perhaps the perfect sequel. It fixes the main problem the original had -- its uninspiring single-player game -- and capitalises on the things the first title did so well, namely its array of party games.
  2. 100
    One of the best multi-player experiences on this, or any other, system. [Oct 2002, p.36]
  3. Each Party Game offers endless fun, so you practically get 12 stand-alone games with your Super Monkey Ball rocking and rolling. [Oct 2002, p.194]
  4. The title has an enormous replay factor, and many Monkey Ball fans will find themselves playing the game until the next iteration of Super Monkey Ball.
  5. SEGA has gone the whole way with this one.
  6. You simply can’t get bored of it and it’s literally fun for all of your friends and family. How can you go wrong at all? It’s a wicked game.
  7. Every aspect of the game works tightly in conjunction, delivering an enormous amount of gaming.
  8. The level designs are, quite frankly, ingenious. Featuring curves, ramps, narrow paths, moving platforms, and obstacles of all kinds, the levels are as awe-inspiring as they are frustrating.
  9. Easily the game's greatest strength is its simplicity — there's no need to "monkey around" with complicated controls or even crack open the manual for that matter.
  10. The levels are so much more diverse, so much more rich, solid, 3 dimensional even, than in the first - the levels just move so much more.
  11. 90
    With inspired, intuitive controls to boot and 150 challenging new levels that are more difficult -- sometimes frustratingly so, the single-player mode alone is worth the purchase.
  12. With so many so-called party games out there trying so hard to create a frenetic multiplayer experience, it's almost amazing how Super Monkey Ball 2 makes it all seem so effortless and manages to include a compelling single-player game to boot.
  13. The mini-games are deep and complex, and require strategy, not endless button-mashing. So to me, this is much more than a party game.
  14. The new multiplayer games, except for Monkey Tennis, don't really measure up to the originals, but they are, afterall, just icing on the cake.
  15. 90
    More like an expansion pack than a full-blown sequel…but so what? There’s no way that more monkeys in plastic balls could possibly be a bad thing.
  16. It's addicting and it never gets too cute so as to be annoying.
  17. The new story mode is nothing too serious, although I did have some gripes with the new style of level design, but the new multiplayer modes and upgrades will have anyone coming back for more.
  18. 86
    They don't win points for innovation, but this is still one of the best multiplayer games you can buy.
  19. I found the replay value to be a little too shallow for my liking. I need a game that pulls me into its world and keeps me there.
  20. There’s more of what worked, almost everything that didn’t is actually improved, and it feels as though the developers really put out forth honest effort rather than churning out a low-cost, low-imagination sequel.
  21. The sound and story are nothing special but the gameplay is top notch in both one player and party games.
  22. What really launches Monkey Ball into the stratosphere is the multiplayer. [Oct 2002, p.194]
  23. The single-player game is still merely a fair distraction, but the dozen mini-games will keep you and your friends glued to the couch for hours.
  24. It's not quite as solid a package as the original, but the refinements and additions still add up to a worthy game. [NGC]
  25. The extra game modes add quite a bit to the simple concept. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  26. But if you can deal with that, the useless camera doesn't sound like a showstopper and motion sickness isn't a problem, then strap on your simian capsules and spout some unintelligible Japlish, because the monkeys are back and your Cube needs this game.
  27. Here's hoping Amusement Vision knows when to move on and begins a new project instead of staying stuck and trying to squeeze out a "Monkey Ball 3."
  28. 80
    The graphics are sharper and more vivid, and some of the backgrounds are jaw dropping.
  29. Improved in every way. [Oct 2002, p.83]
  30. The title exudes a considerable amount of polish, possessing good texture work and splendid visual effects, with special mention needing to be made of the themed backgrounds in each of Story mode's worlds.
  31. The first SMB was hard, but this follow-up raises the difficulty level to a daunting degree, shattering the fine balance the prececessor struck between challenging and frustrating. [Oct 2002, p.87]
  32. The game is cute, very nice on the eyes, and just all around enjoyable.
  33. I really hate that Amusement Vision didn't take the time to upgrade the sound effects and music. You still here that weird melody blurring through your speakers.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 21, 2014
    its as fun as a barrel of monkeys. you roll through the stages as quickly as you can to get the best score. it is very satisfying to complete these stages, since many of the harder ones will take quite a few tries. the other game modes are a lot of fun as well. the bad thing about the game is that it is strictly gameplay, that's it, and that would have been fine 20 years ago, but during the time of this game, people are starting to expect things such as a storyline, interesting characters and a sensible objective. so in that sense it is an arcade game on a console, and its tons of fun Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2014
    Super Monkey Ball 2 (SMB2) states itself as a parkour-party game. The game is amazing when your playing with others. The 4 player Co-op can be great entertainment when hosting a party or having friends over. On the other hand, it can be extremely boring when playing alone. There aren't a whole lot of options. There are some mini-games you can play, but those won't last a long time. The only way the mini-games can be entertaining is if you actually play with multiple people. The graphics are impressive for 6th generation. The simmering of the light off the floor was a noticeable trait. The soundtrack is forgettable, and you will find the game annoying from the constant screaming of monkeys. Not to mention the creep who says "ready" over and over again. Play the game if you have multiple people. On the other hand, this was a promising game which ended in an annoying setback. The games like Joker trying to tell a joke; he can't! Full Review »
  3. Nov 7, 2013
    Fantastic... Very fun and has incredible ideas and graphics for being published in 2002, meaning it was probably the best game ever put out when ahead of its time. It allows you to earn points to get new minigames, and has nice sound effects and music on some of them. Monkey Ball will probably be the best kid/ cute game ever to come out by Sega. It recently came out with a new 3ds game, which allows you to view the gaming in 3d. The new game is not only fun and has ideas that are like the Smash Brothers and Mario Kart put out Nintendo, but is also very cheap. Monkey Ball will probably transfor to the Wii U at some point, and other consuls as well. Super Monkey Ball 2 has already been transfored to the Xbox if you dont have a gamecube, buy this game ASAP. Full Review »