Reviews and Problems with Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
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Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz on the Nintendo Wii may be the best Super Monkey Ball game ever. Those are some strong words, but Sega has done an amazing job with this title. The Wii Remote controls the action, and how the Wii Remote is held controls how the little monkey in the ball moves around. Technically the monkey does not move, but the player is moving the entire level around their cute little, furry monkey. Monkeys in balls? Check. Mini games? Check. Bosses?
Excerpt: The original Super Monkey Ball was easily one of the best, most surprising games to appear on the Nintendo GameCube when it launched back in 2001. It made the deceptively simple task of rolling a ball from one end of an obstacle course to the other a tense, diabolical challenge that could fray the steeliest of nerves yet still be immensely satisfying and addictive.
Pros: Single-player game makes intuitive use of Wii Remote, incredible variety of multiplayer minigames, gameplay initially more approachable, but can still present a potent challenge, gives series much-needed visual makeover
Cons: Lack of camera control can be frustrating in some boss battles, quality of multiplayer minigames wildly inconsistent, single-player game a little short
Excerpt: There was never going to be a game that was more suited to the Wii’s remote than Super Monkey Ball. Rolling a monkey-manned ball and essentially tilting the environment by twisting the remote in the necessary direction was always going to work well, and these new motion controls have effectively breathed new life into the simian series.
Excerpt: Super Monkey Ball is considered by many to offer the perfect balance between simple controls and challenging gameplay. The simple art of tilting the game-world to move a ball (with a monkey inside it) through a course, from the start to the finish, has provided many gamers with hours upon hours of joy and frustration.
Excerpt: There are two virtually independent components to Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. On one hand, this is a twitchy, challenging, fast-paced single player puzzle game. On the other, it is a large collection of minigames intended for multiplayer Wii parties.
Summary: Super Monkey Balls Banana Blitz is a quirky game that is a great introduction for players that haven't spent much time on the Wii. It's intuitive controls are perfect for this type of game though they do need a little bit of polishing and hopefully for the next entry, SEGA will have the controls down pat. No doubt Wii owners have already given this one an shot and for soon to be Wii owners, you should give this title a spin.