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  • Summary: Call your friends and warn your neighbors, it's time to have a ball! Go bananas with 90+ stages, multi-player madness, and 7 cool ways to play! Equal parts "party" and "game", Super Monkey Ball could be the most "well-rounded" game you've ever played!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Nintendo Power
    100
    Undeniably fun. It's a twitchy test of coordination and precision that'll make a monkey out of any pro, and it's a hard tgame to master and an even harder game to put down. [Nov 2001, p.141]
  2. 100
    The best party game in history.
  3. 91
    The best arcade-style action / party game to come around in ages.
  4. Game Informer
    85
    For a game that's been billed as a modest little action game, that's a hell of a lot of replay value. [Nov 2001, p.116]
  5. Here’s a lesson in elegant game design...as pure and enjoyable a game as any in the GameCube launch lineup.
  6. A dangerously addictive diversion to monkey around with.
  7. Next Generation Magazine
    60
    Not unlike "Crazy Taxi," you’ll have fun every time you play, but the concept gets tiring pretty quickly and you’ll want to step away for a while. [Dec 2001, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. StephenX
    May 18, 2009
    10
    "Gon-gon you're drunk, give me the keys." This game is a tourney level masterpiece and one of the best titles on the Gamecube. The "Gon-gon you're drunk, give me the keys." This game is a tourney level masterpiece and one of the best titles on the Gamecube. The gameplay for the main game remains fundamentally same throughout the duration, but the dynamic music and beautiful level design keep it from getting boring. I suggest a high end Wavebird or official Nintendo controller for this game. You will need a very precise control stick. The Xbox won't cut it. Expand
  2. May 15, 2013
    10
    Such a refined and polished game. You can tell they thought a lot about every single detail of this really "hardcore" game. The "escalating"Such a refined and polished game. You can tell they thought a lot about every single detail of this really "hardcore" game. The "escalating" of the level difficulty is really great. The main game is very addictive and it can really make you rage. And if you get tired of it, you also have mini games like bowling, pool or golf. This game is from the era when Amusement Vision made awesome games and the AV on a cover of a game was a seal of quality. Expand
  3. JosieP.
    Nov 29, 2001
    9
    This game is completely NUTS!! It's too fun! Thank you Sega!
  4. Jul 2, 2019
    9
    This is by far the most underrated game on the GameCube. It's WAY too fun to be overlooked the way it is. I could play this game for hours.This is by far the most underrated game on the GameCube. It's WAY too fun to be overlooked the way it is. I could play this game for hours. There's tons of variety and different game modes, and they don't get stale. You could play them for fun every once in a while and they're also difficult enough to get good at if you want. Speaking of difficulty, the main game has three of them. Beginner, Advanced, and Expert. All of them offer a challenge for their respective audience. Expert, though, might be one of the hardest things to complete in video game history. It's a great party game. I'm talking Mario Kart levels.

    Super Monkey Ball is the best installment in the franchise, and it's the one I'd use to introduce other people to the franchise. It's a shame Sega basically killed the franchise.
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  5. BruceC.
    Mar 8, 2002
    8
    A cute lil game - it's essentially Marble Madness updated for GameCube. The mini-games are good too - especially Monkey Billiards!
  6. GrantB.
    Apr 13, 2005
    8
    Great little game, although a little short on the multiplayer side, which is a shame, as it is in multiplayer mode that this game really Great little game, although a little short on the multiplayer side, which is a shame, as it is in multiplayer mode that this game really shines. Single player is very difficult on all but the easy settings, and I found that sliver thin tracks always defeated me. Still, after borrowing this game from a friend for a week, I did go out and buy myself a copy. I do find that most of my time is spent on the party games, playing against friends. Expand
  7. JadenX(can'ttellrealname)
    May 13, 2006
    2
    Uh...Try again. Some of these levels are so hard, (especially Master) that people give up playing these games. Sega, Next time, don't Uh...Try again. Some of these levels are so hard, (especially Master) that people give up playing these games. Sega, Next time, don't make levels a prick away from impossible. Expand

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#5 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2001
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#3 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2001