One of the few games that deserves to have "Super" in it's title.
mentalchaos28 wrote this review on .
From the first second I saw it, i knew I NEEDED a Gamecube.
This game ( in combination with Super Smash Bros. Melee) showed me what Nintendo's next console could do, and from controls, to graphics, to general gameplay, my mind was blown.
Before I lecture anymore, I might as well give an explanation of the game. SMB is a puzzle-game in which you play as one of four monkeys who travel in balls around mazes elevated in the sky, in a hope to find the stages goal in 60 seconds or less, or 30 seconds or less.
In terms of difficulty, the first 10 Beginner mazes wont challenge anyone unless this is the first videogame you've ever played. The advanced stages however, are truly difficult in your first 10 times through. The Expert stages are unbelievably challenging, and will truly test your puzzle game talents.
Now, in many cases, getting from Point A to Point B isn't a challenge. In the first stage ,for example, you have to travel about 8 feet to get to the goal with a few traps at most, that aren't that harmful. But the true challenge of the game is it's camera angles. When you're moving, the camera is intentionally shaky, to create the illusion that your weight is tilting the entire stage. It's truly surreal, and even more addictive.
But gameplay aside, there are many other ways in which SMB succeeds tremendously.
Graphically, the game is impressive. The stages use many unique colors and the background animations are beautiful. There are even some cool sparks effects when monkeys move too fast.
The sound has poppy and catchy classic video game style music and sound effects.
Control wise, the game is simple and responsive because you only use the analog stick in the game. This is part of the reason the game is soooo easy to learn.
If I haven't already persuaded you, consider this. There's even a handful of mini-games like bowling, golf and my personal favorite, billiards. The party games are also unique and fun. There's a skee ball style game called Monkey Target, a combat game called Monkey Fight and a mode where you race laps to see who can be the fastest monkey.
Overall, this IS 2006 and i'm sure many Gamecube owners already have this instant classic. In fact, I'm sure even the Xbox and PS2 gamers have already played the heck out of their versions. But if you have not, especially on Gamecube go out and get it now.
Super Monkey Ball is one of the few games that deserves to have Super in it's title.