Super Monkey Ball 3D (3DS) Review – Available Now

Super Monkey Ball 3D (www.sega.com/supermonkeyball) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. Watch your favorite monkeys come alive in front of your eyes in this newly made Super Monkey Ball 3D for the brand new Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming system. This game is a also great introduction to the 3DS as both new and longtime fans of the Super Monkey Ball franchise will love.

Super Monkey Ball 3D Super Monkey Ball 3D(www.sega.com/supermonkeyball) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. Watch your favorite monkeys come alive in front of your eyes in this newly made Super Monkey Ball 3D for the brand new Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming system. This game is a also great introduction to the 3DS as both new and longtime fans of the Super Monkey Ball franchise will love.

 

Presentation:
Super Monkey Ball 3D features three game modes: classic Super Monkey Ball puzzles, frantic kart racing in Monkey Race and all-out manic brawls in Monkey Fight. The setting is diverse with courses or stages range from pirate ships and Arabian palaces, to city streets. There is also a very cute graphical theme with this game. Everything is tuned down to a lighter color shade, which almost makes the game look like it’s meant to be in a children’s story book. There are also different selections of characters for every game mode, and the characters are designed with a high cuteness quotient at play.

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Graphics:
The 3D in this game is really good, even with the 3D slider at half. The levels and environment move around you in 3D, and make you feel as if you’re actually rolling this monkey in a ball around in real life. The game has a very engaging style to it, where the light color palette helps everything to have its own graphical pop without being overbearing on your eyes. Every environment features great colorful details. While there’s nothing too spectacular about the graphics in this game—such as wildly imagined beasts or futuristic, bubble-enclosed cities— the color and bright details of the courses, items, and characters do combine to make this game look wonderful.

The camera does a great job of following your monkey ball around levels in the classic monkey ball stages. However, the camera does tend to get in a weird spot when you get pushed back by an object, and you are unable to see ahead of yourself until you move forward a little bit. This can cause the player to fall off a ledge, or hit the same object again. The camera in the kart racing mode does a wonderful job of following the player around the track. As well as in the fighting mode, the camera does its job of keeping its main focus on your player, but is zoomed out far enough so you can see the rest of the stage. The camera succeeds in all three game stages, and never gets stuck in funny places.

Sounds:
All monkeys sound cheerful and happy throughout, which is quite entertaining. Sound effects are great in all three modes: from the squeaking of the ball that increases in rapidity as you roll faster on a course, to the sound of your fists punching another monkey in the fighting mode. The game is full of cute and whimsical sound throughout. Music is pretty basic, providing some background melodies that match in accordance to whatever level you’re playing on. For instance, if you are playing on an Arabian themed level, you get Arabian themed music. The music is rather well-made, and the variety offers some fun and helps to create a cute and enjoyable experience on the 3DS.

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Gameplay:
All of the game modes are enjoyable and fun. The classic monkey ball game mode does provide the longest lasting fun, though, with time records to beat, items to collect, and two different control schemes to use.

The play style for the kart racing and fighting modes use the analog or directional pad and buttons for controls, whereas the monkey ball game mode can uses either the motion sensor or analog stick, which provides for diverse and fun game play.

The controls are very basic for kart racing and fighting and there isn’t a high learning curve for them. It displays the controls to you on the bottom screen every time you start up a game. The controls are the most fun with the classic monkey ball game mode where it lets you to choose between using the analog stick, or the built in motion sensor. But if you use the motion sensor, it is best advised you turn off the 3D, since you will be moving the 3DS around to roll the monkey ball around, thus causing the 3D effect to move all over the place. However, the motion sensor is a very fun way to play the monkey ball game mode, and the analog stick allows for much more precision.

The monkey race and monkey fight game modes can be played with up to 4 players through wireless connections. There is no game play through Nintendo Wifi though, so you’ll have to go find 3 other people nearby with Super Monkey Ball 3D to enjoy multiplayer.

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Innovation:
The kart racing and fighting mode are new to the monkey ball series. Initially, they provide a pretty good fun factor, but are a bit monotonous and may get old pretty fast. The kart racing, in particular, feels somewhat bland, and can make the gamer long for the old excitement of Mario Kart. The same can be said for the fighting mode, which feels like a less exciting version of Super Smash Brothers. However, both of these game modes offer some fun, nonetheless, as long as they are not over-worked.

Longevity:
There are items you can collect in the monkey ball game mode, which provide for some replay values. In the fighting game and kart mode, there are many fighters and karts you can unlock to use throughout the various stages.

The only free roam in Super Monkey Ball 3D is in the monkey ball game mode, and even then you are limited, depending on what the course you are on. Exploring slightly outside the course does allow for the player to receive some collectible items.

Conclusion:
Super Monkey Ball 3D is a wonderful addition to the series, but doesn’t break any ground as far as the super monkey ball genre goes. The fighting and kart racing modes merely feel like tune-downed versions of Mario Kart and Super Smash Brothers, which isn’t necessarily bad if you are a fan of those games. Each game mode is fun, and none disappoint, as long as you don’t burn yourself out by playing them for too long. The 3D functionality adds a huge layer of depth perception to the game and the game is fun to play with overall.

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