Monkey Balls goin' platforming

Sega's simians leave puzzle-based levels for adventures with new story-based gameplay, enhanced abilities.

When gamers think of Super Monkey Ball, they think of rolling monkeys around stages. And golf, tennis, hang gliding, billiards, baseball, bowling, and whatever minigames Sega has thrown into the series' many releases.

Gamers can now add platform-style gameplay to the ever-expanding list, as Sega today announced Super Monkey Ball Adventures for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and PSP (a first for the series). The game is being developed by Traveller's Tales (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and will be available in Q3 2006.

The main monkeys--Aiai, Meemee, Gongon, and Baby--will now ape around five Monkey Ball kingdoms to help a prince and princess peacefully reunite their world. The gang will have new abilities, including the power to stick to walls, hover, and turn invisible.

When saving kingdoms seems a bit too much, gamers can relax with six minigames, three of which are brand new. The PSP version will feature Wi-Fi multiplayer and an exclusive card-trading game.

Sega has not yet announced pricing or rating information for Super Monkey Ball Adventures.

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25 comments
ben_grasso
ben_grasso

This is so crap, supermaonkey ball is a great game without being turned into a platformer. Now it'll just join the barell of crap platformers that are just made for the sake of it.

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

Hopefully this will turn out better than Monkey Ball DS did.

hush404
hush404

Hmm interesting, nice concept bringing MB to a platform game.

PSPdude79
PSPdude79

I have played all the Super Monkey Ball games and I'm thinking that this will be better.

sacul555
sacul555

Good series, Bad devolper. I have hope for this game but because of the dev. its not much.

A7Xfan
A7Xfan

This is the perfect example of a simple series that should stay simple...i hope they do just that. I hope Monkey Ball doesn't get too fancy and yet stay fresh and fun.

elheber
elheber

Those monkeys look too good. Are they using NURBS for the first time?

Bruin4ev3r1520
Bruin4ev3r1520

o man. this game is gonna rock. i LOVE monkey balls

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

Ugh, I can't believe they are turning this into a platformer. I like platformers, but SMB doesn't seem like it would be a good platformer. I hope that people are smart enough to choose the GameCube version since the DualShock 2 sucks balls.

frankeyser
frankeyser

i hope they make a good platformer with them... both monkey ball 1 and 2 were tons of fun.

RazMasters
RazMasters

If I heard that Traveller's Tales was making another game in the 90's, I wouldn't have been impressed. Their SEGA-related track record includes underwhelming games such as "Sonic R," and "Sonic 3D Blast," just to name a couple. They did release "LEGO Star Wars," however, and that was spectacular. (Don't knock it till you've tried it, regardless of what you think of LEGOs.) Therefore, I'm not going to consider this game doomed yet. We'll see.

KennethGorelick
KennethGorelick

I doubt the change to a platformer will work out well.

ricricpimp4life
ricricpimp4life

ok not a anther Sonic or Mario come on , we are talking about monkey we are not x-play or something.

Zecks23
Zecks23

All i can say is the story line Better be better then the one in Super Monkey Ball 2.

cps
cps

I smell a new Sonic or Mario...Soon - Monkey Ball paint, monkey ball rpg, moneky basketball etc...

Ferratus
Ferratus

If there was ever a game that should be in Xbox Live Arcade, this is it. I guess i'll get it for PSP, which is also a good platform for it, but damn, make this game (or even the older ones) available for 10-15$ online and it would probably be extremly popular.

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

I never really thought the monkey ball games were worth the light of day. Who knows maybe this one makes the series a mainstream hit.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

Cool the Monkey Ball games were nice, maybe the new platforming stuff will draw more people into the series