Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz

Game review by
Andrew Bub, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Skill challenge for kids with a lot of patience.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some VERY, VERY mild cartoon violence.


This is part of a video game series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game can be quite challenging. Some kids will simply get frustrated while others may find it teaches them to concentrate better and get a real sense of accomplishment. Parents should also know that players must keep the remote extended, making slight twisting and turning motions, and that doing this for too long, like anything, might result in arm pain. You might want to remind kids to take frequent breaks from the action.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4-year-old Written bygeorgiafan February 10, 2011

Fun game

This game was surprisingly well made. While my 4 year old is to young for the main game there are many of the mini game that she can play by herself or with a... Continue reading
Parent Written bymomyof3 November 12, 2010

Sense of Accomplishment

Not a problem! My child enjoyed solving the puzzles. It was a challenge for him and he felt a sense of accomplishment in reaching the end to each segment.
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig July 21, 2020

Good one

Sometimes hard and frustrating game is pretty good. It reminds me of a really great game called Marble Saga Kororinpa, but with slightly weaker controls, but st... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDavisHunsinger December 11, 2016

Fun, but very frustrating

This is a great game. However, the boss on World 6 (Cobalt Caverns) is a bit... iffy. But other than that it's a fine game. However, when I was little, Wor... Continue reading

What's it about?

The Super Monkey Ball series concept is simple and very much like that old wooden labyrinth game you can spend hours tilting. In SUPER MONKEY BALL BANANA BLITZ, each level consists of a series of ramps, platforms, and obstacles with a goal at the end. Placed in your path and outside of it are bananas. Your monkey is inside of a plastic ball (like those hamster balls sold at the pet stores), and you control the monkey ball's path by tilting the map.

In this version for the Wii, the controller responds to your movements as you play. To tilt the map, players tilt the controller to make the monkey ball roll toward the goal. Then there are the Mini games and party games packed in with the main single-player puzzles. Banana Blitz takes full advantage of this game console system specially built for creative and fun party gaming.

Is it any good?

Instead of offering a few refined and polished games, Sega packed in 50. Just about every kind of play is covered: asteroid shooting (aim the remote at the screen and fire), racing, boxing, tennis, hovercraft bumper cars, bowling, and much more. A few highlights include a nifty version of darts and a cool first-person shooter (using nonviolent, Nerf-like balls) called Monkey Wars.

The problem with most of these Mini games is that they require so much precision in your hand movements that they lose their element of fun. Quantity never beats quality and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz suffers greatly with this hit-and-miss galleria of oddball gaming. Kids who are willing to spend the time with each Mini game and figure it out may find the experience rewarding. But a handful of polished games that were easier to play would make for a better experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes this colorful game world fun to play in. They might want to discuss how the graphics and characters enhance the gameplay (or don't). Do you think the puzzles are too hard? Which of the Mini games are fun and which aren't? Why? If families play this game together, they can discuss what playing methods worked for them and which ones didn't.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: November 14, 2006
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for cartoon violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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