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  • Summary: AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, and GonGon are on a roll again. Super Monkey Ball 2 brings the party to a whole new level with six brand new party games, six revamped party games, a new Story mode, and 150 new main game stages. In the new Story mode, you'll fight as AiAi to stop the evil plans of the deranged scientist, Dr. Bad-Boon and his mysterious sidekick. But Story mode is just the beginning--you'll want to grab some friends and get groovin' with the 12 new party games. With its new modes, enhanced graphics, and exciting multiplayer features, Super Monkey Ball 2 is keeps your party guests going bananas for hours. Expand
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  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. SEGA has gone the whole way with this one.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The sound and story are nothing special but the gameplay is top notch in both one player and party games.
  6. The extra game modes add quite a bit to the simple concept. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. LeviT.
    Jun 7, 2003
    Incredibly fun and deep single player game, along with the most insanely fun multiplayer mini-games ever.
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is simply astonishing. The gameplay is simple, fun and addicting, the level design is great, the difficulty is hard yet fair, the graphics are great for the Gamecube, and the music is amazing.
    It's basically like another Marble-Labyrinth-type game, but it's probably the best and most unique of the bunch. It's also an amazing sequel, fixing all the problems that the first had, and expanding upon it.
    There are 159 different stages in this game, counting the Bonus, Extra, and Master Levels.
    There is also a ton of replay value with the extra stages, bonus stages, and the plethora of mini games to play with your friends, but if those aren't your thing, you can always just play the main game with your friends in Challenge Mode.
    The game can get very frustrating at times, especially with levels like "Arthropod", "Warp", and "Labyrinth", just to name a few. However, if you are able to complete all three difficulties of Challenge Mode and the extra stages, you'll unlock The Master Stages: the Ultimate Monkey Challenge.
    The Master Stages is a collection of the 20 hardest and most frustrating levels in this game, but if you have enough skill and patience, you can overcome them.
    This game is amazing. From the addicting Main Game, to the chaotic Party games, to the insane Master Stages, it is amazing in nearly every way. I'm very surprised that the game somewhat faded into obscurity among Gamecube owners, because this is honestly one of the best games on the console. Buy it now.
  3. JohnB.
    Jan 31, 2004
    I think we all should ignore the last and lowest scored review of this game because all he basically bashes this game about is sound and graphics and personally I don't that's what a game's about. There's just one word for this game: amazing. I have never used this much of my motor, hand-eye coordination, or reflexive skills in any other game in a long time. The great thing about this game is that it not only takes serious skill to beat it, but it isn't too frustrating and isn't impossible to beat. It has some of the most innovative gameplay I have ever seen. I think this series could really be going somewhere regardless of its corniness and immaturity. Could it possibly be a replacement for Sonic the Hedgehog...? Hmmmm...I hope not, but the recent Sonic games haven't been to great either. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. ChristianC.
    Jun 10, 2005
    So fun they really upgraded with better games wow wow better and funner places to do story I thought the story was dumb but its too fun there they really upgraded it im impressed so fun but the bored level still there if you play like 30 min. Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2013
    Super Monkey Ball finds the player as a monkey encapsulated inside a see through ball and then presented with a number of challenges to complete. In single player this largely involves traversing a series of Marble Madness style mazes within a set time period. As one would expect these mazes are relatively simple to begin but soon become increasingly difficult. The controls and level design are excellent but some of the mazes later in the game can seem to rely more on luck than skill and this can become very frustrating. Very few players will see it out all the way to the end.

    The biggest addition from the first title is the inclusion of a host of new multiplayer games (now making twelve in total) for up to four players. Many of these, such as monkey bowling and monkey golf are good for filling in half an hour or so but monkey target is good enough to be a game all by itself. This sees the player attempting to land the monkey on targets floating in the ocean with points being awarded depending on where you land. As other players can knock you off the target it often becomes very tactical and is superb fun with three other players.

    Overall Super Monkey Ball 2 is amongst the best multiplayer games available on the Gamecube and since it can be played on Wii would make a great addition to anyone’s collection.
  7. 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! Expand

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