Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz
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? Check. Some amazingly difficult levels? Check. Everything that Super Monkey Ball has meant to mean over the years has been included, and improved upon.
Sega did an awesome job with the visuals in Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz. The graphics are bright, colorful, lush, pleasant in a safe cartoonish manner. The details in many areas are better than I had expected. The artwork in this game brings a smile to my face. The main game does not have any offensive images that I noticed while playing. Some of the mini games contain cartoon violence with Monkey Boxing being the best example.
I have a real love/hate relationship with the sounds in Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz. I should be honest that this goes for all Super Monkey Ball games I have played in the past. It is extremely easy to fall out of the playing area, and then have to start replaying the level from the start. Doing so a couple of times in the first couple of seconds of a level can becoming annoying to have the game tell you: “Ready!” That complaint aside, the rest of the sounds are very well done, and many of them are very cute.
Sega has added end bosses, tons of mini games, new monkey characters to play that increase the replay value of this game through the roof. The mini games are a blast to play, and there are more than enough of them to warrant a purchase. A warning that the main game gets progressively difficult, so avoid that if you have high blood pressure.
It took me a few tries to get used to the controls in Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz. Once I got it though, it is pure genius. If you really get into it, and throw that Wii Remote around your monkey will go flying. Finesse is something I had to learn, and with a quickness. I had a lot of fun playing this game, and think you will as well. The designs of the levels is amazing, especially when I took the time to admire the intricate details to some of them. There are shortcuts for the daring.
The monkeys are out to
reclaim their stolen golden bananas against the thief, not exactly
turning the other cheek. Families can play the mini games for some
quality time together. It is my hope that Sega releases a sequel to this
game, especially if they tone down the difficulty a few more notches.
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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