Super Monkey Ball 2

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Super Monkey Ball 2
Super Monkey Ball 2 Coverart.png
North American cover art
Developer(s) Amusement Vision
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Toshihiro Nagoshi
Composer(s) Hidenori Shoji
Haruyoshi Tomita
Series Super Monkey Ball
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Release date(s)
  • NA August 25, 2002
  • JP November 21, 2002
  • PAL March 14, 2003
Genre(s) Platforming
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Super Monkey Ball 2 is the second installment in the Super Monkey Ball series developed by Amusement Vision which was released on the Nintendo GameCube. It is the first installment to have a story-line and to be released solely on a home console.


The primary objective of the game is to roll across platforms and obstacles to reach an arch-shaped goal that marks the end of the level, therefore take the player to the next "stage". Each stage is designed uniquely designed to provide a challenge to players as the player progress through the game.

The stages contain platforms such as slopes, half-pipes, moving platforms, etc. The game introduces new gimmicks such as conveyor belts, teleportation doors, switches which control the speed of a stage, moving platforms, and more.

There are two ways to fail a level: losing your balance and falling off of the stage or running out of time. In most stages, there is a 60-second time limit. Super Monkey Ball 2 has three different gameplay modes: Story Mode (with a storyline and successive levels) and Challenge Mode (Story Mode's stages with progressive difficulty. Within Challenge mode up multiplayer is an option for up to four players at a time. A Practice Mode is available to stages that have been reached within Challenge or Story Mode.[citation needed]


Super Monkey Ball 2 was released to generally favorable reviews from critics. On release, Famitsu magazine scored the GameCube version of the game a 31 out of 40.[1] Metacritic gave the video game a Metascore of 87.

Medical applications[edit]

Super Monkey Ball 2 is one of three video games that are associated with improved performance in laparoscopic surgery.[2]


  1. ^ ニンテンドーゲームキューブ - スーパーモンキーボール2. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.102. 30 June 2006.
  2. ^ Rosser, James C., Jr, MD; Paul J. Lynch, MD; Laurie Cuddihy, MD; Douglas A. Gentile, PhD; Jonathan Klonsky, MD; Ronald Merrell, MD (February 2007). "The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century". Archives of Surgery 142 (2): 181–186. doi:10.1001/archsurg.142.2.181. PMID 17309970.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)