Parents' Guide to

Super Monkey Ball 3D

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Three-in-one game has good value, mild cartoon violence.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's easy to see why Sega added kart racing and fighting modes to their classic ball roller. After all, a game that has players tilting their screens to control the action isn't a great fit for a device that demands players keep their eyes fixed in an exact location to avoid 3-D ghosting effects. However, you can always switch the stereoscopic mode off. And if you really want to play in 3-D, just choose the circle pad control option, which offers more precise control, to boot.

What's more, the two new modes are decent. The kart races are surprisingly challenging, and the fights reward strategic thinkers. Both feel a little smallish and hastily assembled, but at least they offer some variety. Plus, kids who have friends with their own 3DS consoles will appreciate the multiplayer mode. It's not exactly system-selling launch software, but this three-in-one package offers pretty good value for your 3DS gaming dollar.

Online interaction: Up to three other players can join in to play the kart racing and fighting games using local WiFi.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: March 27, 2011
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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