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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 57
  2. Negative: 16 out of 57
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  1. Apr 4, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball is a good game but doesn't benefit from the 3D functionality the 3DS has to offer. The game is pretty short and you should therefore wait until the price drops before you buy it.
  2. Apr 1, 2011
    The latest Monkey Ball is back with a brilliant and pleasant 3D graphics, but the game suffers for its short longevity and not so funny mini-games: SEGA missed a big opportunity to release the best primate-in-a-ball game.
  3. Great fun for a few hours, but after that you'll have more or less seen it all. [Apr 2011, p.96]
  4. Jun 25, 2011
    While Monkey Race and Monkey Fight are not worth much of your attention, you can have fun with Monkey Ball for some time. But even with the fairly poor current library of the 3DS, there are better options.
  5. Mar 30, 2011
    The extra modes are more forgettable than fun, but the core Monkey Ball experience passes muster, though keep in mind that using the gyroscopic controls kills the 3D. For best results, pick your primate, turn your circle pad on, and the 3D slider up.
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    It's tough to recommend this game to newcomers to the Monkey Ball world based on the two rough game modes, and the otherwise decent Challenge mode likely isn't long enough to justify the high price tag of 3DS titles. The use of 3D is novel, but completely unnecessary – as we've all played these games at home since the Gamecube launch.
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    Full of charm while lacking in spirit.
  8. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 20, 2011
    Technically sound, but the gameplay is way too easy and unimaginative. [May 2011]
  9. Apr 25, 2011
    Whilst Super Monkey Ball 3D is fun, somewhat harking back to the days of the original GameCube duo, it proves to be far too simple a game on the whole, with not as much variation in level design as in the past. Even the inclusion of the Smash Bros. and Mario Kart-style mini-games do not save Super Monkey Ball 3D from run-of-the-mill status.
  10. Nintendo Gamer
    Apr 23, 2011
    Monkey Ball has grown flabby and gutless. A real shame. [Apr 2011, p.52]
  11. Apr 14, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball 3D is funny for a few hours, but after that there's anything more.
  12. Apr 11, 2011
    Monkey Ball 3DS is not a terrible game; it is just very light on content.
  13. Apr 7, 2011
    Die-hard fans might enjoy it, but everyone else should wait for a more complete iteration to go bananas over.
  14. Apr 6, 2011
    On the surface Super Monkey Ball 3D is a decent looking game with slick 3D effects. and the core "Monkey Ball" mode offers up some solid entertainment. My biggest concern is that after you peel away the banana outer skin, the Super Monkey Ball 3D experience is somewhat shallow as there is not nearly enough content here to justify paying full pop for game that will be collecting dust much sooner than later, which is sad given how past games have been so good.
  15. Apr 3, 2011
    While the groundwork for a great Super Monkey Ball is there, the level design fails to realise this potential.
  16. Mar 30, 2011
    What works Super Monkey Ball 3D is just that: 3D and Super Monkey Ball. Unfortunately, that fun is pathetically short-lived, and everything else is a poorly executed afterthought that makes the $40 price tag borderline insulting.
  17. Mar 29, 2011
    The bad game modes for 4 players and the repetition in levels mess this clean floor.
  18. Mar 28, 2011
    There might be enough content to please the rookie Monkey Ball player, but the fan who decides to shed $250 for a 3DS and expects something more out of this game will be left scarred.
  19. Mar 26, 2011
    Years of waggling has softened Sega's touch. They need to relight that arcade fire.
  20. Mar 26, 2011
    If you've been a devout Super Monkey Ball fan since the beginning you may be more willing to overlook this entry's glaring faults. If you haven't hopped on board the banana bandwagon, however, the weakly implemented 3D and unusable motion controls won't be enough to make you a believer.
  21. May 12, 2011
    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.
  22. Apr 4, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball 3D's total longevity for most people is likely to hover around 2 to 3 hours, and that, along with the uninspired level designs in comparison to the console iterations, is by far its greatest flaw.
  23. Mar 26, 2011
    It's perfect for people looking for a quick gaming fix, but lacking in long-term replayability.
  24. Aug 7, 2011
    Overall, there's just not enough content in Super Monkey Ball 3D to justify the purchase. The only mode worth playing is Monkey Ball, and although it is fun, it doesn't last very long. Both the 3D effect and motion sensor controls work great, but they can't be used at the same time. And no online functionality really strips the game of any prolonged use. Unless you're a Super Monkey Ball fanatic, this one's a pass.
  25. May 26, 2011
    Ultimately, Super Monkey Ball's 3D debut is an adequate distraction for younger 3DS owners, although the deceptive difficulty might prove frustrating for players both young and old.
  26. Edge Magazine
    May 8, 2011
    3DS was the perfect opportunity to take Super Monkey Ball back to its GameCube glory days. Instead we find a game that has spent so many years honouring various types of hardware, it has forgotten its own original aim. [May 2011, p.102]
  27. Apr 18, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball seems to have been hurried up to arrive at Nintendo 3DS launch. Graphics are noteworthy, sound is decent and 3D works well, but gameplay just doesn't work.
  28. Apr 5, 2011
    A listless take on a game that should be – and has previously been – anything but.
  29. Apr 4, 2011
    That was the magic of Monkey Ball, and that's the magic that is completely and utterly absent here.
  30. Apr 1, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball 3D offer three different modes, and just one of those is really fun. The Monkey Race has few gameplay problems and the Monkey Fight is quite boring. The 3D effect and the tilt controls can't be used together, which is a sad problem.
  31. Mar 30, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball 3D loses sight of what made the series so enjoyable in the first place, serving up dull gameplay.
  32. Mar 29, 2011
    Combine that with the problematic 3D, and it's apparent that Super Monkey Ball 3D is below average even as launch titles go. Its one saving grace is that the core gameplay remains intact and is entertaining as ever. But when those core mechanics contradict the foundation of the 3DS, I have to wonder whether Sega should have bothered.
  33. Mar 25, 2011
    Super Monkey Ball 3D's one enjoyable mode can't compensate for the other two stinkers, making this a disappointing showing for the sphere-bound simians.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 41
  2. Negative: 12 out of 41
  1. Oct 6, 2017
    I only played a little bit of this game, but it was enough to make me realize it wasn't very good. Not the worst game I've played, far fromI only played a little bit of this game, but it was enough to make me realize it wasn't very good. Not the worst game I've played, far from it, but if feels like it was the first portable Monkey Ball game, which it wasn't. Between this and Banana Splitz on Vita, I would definitely say go for the Vita version, cause this one sucks. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2014
    Play Monkey Ball 2 on Gamecube and then tell me this adds up in anyway. This version of the game is possibly the worst game I have everPlay Monkey Ball 2 on Gamecube and then tell me this adds up in anyway. This version of the game is possibly the worst game I have ever played. I beat the main game in half and hour and the rest is so terrible I got rid of it immediately after. This is worthy of complaining to Sega....shameful and do not waste your money if you are over the age of 5. Full Review »
  3. 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 lookOh 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 »