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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is the latest entry in the Super Monkey Ball series following Super Monkey Ball Adventure. It is a Wii exclusive and was released before the system on November 14, 2006 in North America.
The Wii controller is held parallel to the ground. The monkey character rolls based on the slope of the game world, directly corresponding with the relative tilt of the Wii controller. The analog stick on the nunchuck attachment can control the camera but does not have to be connected to the Wii remote to play the game.
For the first time in a Super Monkey Ball game, players are able to jump by quickly flicking controller up or by pressing the A button.
There are around 100 main game levels.
There are approximately 50 mini-games that each use the controller in a different way, e.g. the mini-game "Darts", where players 'throw' the Wii Remote like a dart.
All characters featured in past games are playable according to IGN's interview with the producer of the game.
Unlike previous games in the Super Monkey Ball series, this new game will feature boss battles.
This is the first game in the Super Monkey Ball series to feature character-specific abilities and stats in the single player mode (although character specific stats have featured previously in minigames, such as Monkey Bowling).
Characters will be able to save a total of 30 replays on their Wii, according to the official manual.
The Good: 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.
The Bad: Lack of camera control can be frustrating in some boss battles; quality of multiplayer minigames wildly inconsistent; single-player game a little short.
They're back and with more puzzling levels than before! Join AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon, and Baby in they're next adventure for the Wii!
Some awesome features have been added to the game with the help of the "Wii-Mote".
Some examples are:
Tilting the maze: using the wii-mote's accelometer you will be able to tilt the Super Monkey Ball universe. Just move the Wii-mote and the world will tilt.
Levels can remain flat (Alleluya!): tilted forward, backward, and side to side using the wii-mote's motion sensing capabilities
Jumping: for the first time in the Super Monkey Ball franchise, players will be able to make their monkeys jump. Just flick the Wii-mote upwards and your monkey will do a huge jump.
Boss Battles: when finishing a level you will face a boss. They will usually be the hardest enemy of the stage and they will surely be hard to beat. You'll need to use all your monkey-rolling abilities to beat these bosses!
There are also new Mini-Games like Whac-a-Mole, Jump Rope, High-Wire Act, and many, many more. As you guys may know from playing other Super Monkey Ball games, the mini-games are what adds a lot of its replay value. They're addictive. No online mode has been announced, though.
I hope I convinced you that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is a must-buy for the Wii.
+ Addictive experience & great for parties.
+ 50 mini games to choose from & a variety of levels to play.
+ Controls can be innovative when they are used properly.
- Frustrating when trying to control your monkey even with the nice tilt feature.
- A lot of the mini games have impossible controls or not enough innovation.
- No online play plus don't break your TV.
This game is no where near perfect but there are so many modes to choose from. And when you find a fun one it is usually fun enough to play over and over. Most are plagued by terrible controls or a lack of options to control the game. If you could only control the monkey ball with your joystick most of the game would be fixed. But the wii remote has been selected as the true controller and that's where the frustration begins and never ends.
Nice if you plan on having a lot of parties. If not only a rental. 3.5/5
Banana Blitz is a good game for the Nintendo Wii. The story mode makes good use of the wii-mote. You simply tilt the remote forward, back, and side to side to make your monkey roll through the course. A new addition to the series is your ability to make the monkey jump, which is an interesting twist. The graphics are colorful and cartoon-like. In general, this round of Monkey Ball seems geared towards a younger generation. Not only because of the graphics, but the difficulty has stepped down a notch. Towards the end of the story mode, some of the levels will make you sweat, but nothing compared to previous (just-short-of-impossible) Monkey Ball installments. The party game collection here is a bit of a let down. There are a whopping 50 games, but most aren't really very good. This is too bad because Monkey Ball is usually known for some awesome party games. The problem here is that most of the controls just don't work in party game mode. You might find a few games that you like, but the majority won't stick. Overall, this is a great game for Monkey Ball newcomers, but only a good game for Monkey Ball enthusiasts. It's one of the best among the early Wii games, but there's room for improvements in the next wave of games.
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.
Lack of camera control can be frustrating in some boss battles quality of multiplayer minigames wildly inconsistent single-player game a little short.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz has provided our family with many hours of fun with the mini games. There is a game suitable for about any age, they are easy to learn to play, yet are challenging and bring out the competitive side of anyone. The main game is ok, but seems to lack the excitement of the mini games. The controls seem a bit jerky and unrefined on some of the games, but it's not enough of an issue to keep a person from purchasing this title.
This game is a great way to get people who don't normally play video games to play a video game. The games that are included are easy to learn and are games taht everyone is familiar with. Anyone looking for a fun, family oriented game to play with anyone of any age, this game is for you.
My 12 year daughter and her friends love to play this game on the Wii. We rented this game several times in the past and decided to purchase it instead of renting it anymore. She loves that there are so many different levels and games to choose from. Would recommend for this age level and younger.
I love this disk with 50 party games. Some games ae not very realistic, and a little difficult to figure out. Such as bowling, it is not like real bowling, you only have to flick your wrist, not do the actual bowling action. But once you get the hang of it, it is pretty good. There are a few other games that are like the bowling, but the majority of the games are fun, and easy to figure out, and great to play with others.