Super Monkey Ball 3D

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Super Monkey Ball 3D
Super Monkey Ball 3D BoxCover.jpg
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Jun Tokuhara
Producer(s) Toshihiro Nagoshi
Composer(s) Hideki Naganuma
Keiichi Sugiyama
Yutaka Akiyama
Chiho Kobayashi
Series Super Monkey Ball
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo eShop
Release date(s) Nintendo 3DS Nintendo eShop
  • INT April 3, 2014
Genre(s) Platform, Party
Mode(s) Single-player Multiplayer

Super Monkey Ball 3D (スーパーモンキーボール 3D?) is an entry in the Super Monkey Ball series developed for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console. Players can either use the Circle Pad or the internal gyroscope of the Nintendo 3DS to navigate AiAi and friends so they can collect as many bananas as possible within the time limit as in previous games in the series.[4]


Super Monkey Ball 3D supports three full-featured gameplay modes: traditional Super Monkey Ball puzzles, "Monkey Race" in which players race each other in frantic car battles, and "Monkey Fight" in which players fight each other in manic brawls similar to the Super Smash Brothers series of games.[5] The last two modes, Monkey Race and Monkey Fight, can be played via wireless connection with up to 4 players locally.

It was originally released on March 3, 2011 in Japan. It was later released as a launch title on March 25, March 27 and March 31 of the same year in Europe, North America and Australia, respectively.[6] Sega has also released the game as the downloadable title for the Nintendo eShop in Europe and North America on April 3, 2014.


The game received mixed reviews. Audrey Drake of IGN gave the game 7.5/10, praising the gameplay and story, but she criticized Monkey Race for being a "rip-off of Mario Kart with clunky controls", and Monkey Fight for "being a rip-off of Super Smash Bros. with clunky controls". Chris Schilling of Eurogamer gave the game a 4/10. Review aggregator Metacritic gave the game 55/100 based on 57 reviews.


  1. ^ "スーパーモンキーボール 3D". Nintendo. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Super Monkey Ball 3D (3DS)". NintendoLife. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Super Monkey Ball 3D (3DS)". GameSpy. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Super Monkey Ball 3D's Monkey Ball Mode". Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  5. ^ "Super Monkey Ball 3DS – Trailer! Screens! Official Info!". Sega. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  6. ^ "GAME calling those that have preordered 3DS, informing them of 11 launch tiles". Retrieved 2011-01-22. 

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