Parents' Guide to

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

A little mini-game monkey business holds back HD remake.

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

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Not the best

This game is fun but only for a short amount of time. This game gets boring easily. I played this a lot when I was growing up though. Basically there is a monkey in a ball that has to pass the finish line as quick as possible, but while you’re at it you also have to collect as many bananas as possible for extra points. I recommend to users that like cartoon challenge/racing. — What’s in the game? Cartoon Violence - Players spend most of their time racing through tracks, but there are boss battles that pit players against large enemies. Combat generally involves dodging enemy attacks while charging up and rolling your ball into them.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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It's hard to believe it's been five years since the last Super Monkey Ball game, but AiAi and his crew have returned to consoles with an HD remake of a previous Wii exclusive title. But Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD isn't just a shot-for-shot remake with an HD coat of paint. Making the jump from the Wii to the current generation of consoles meant having to lose the motion controls of the original release. This isn't a bad thing, though, as the return to analog controls makes the gameplay much more responsive and precise. And thanks to its HD visual makeover, the game looks sharper and plays smoother than ever before.

While the loss of motion controls is actually a win for the gameplay, it unfortunately means many of the original's mini-games that relied on those controls couldn't make the cut this time around. Worse still, instead of replacing what was cut with some new ways to play with friends, the remake accepts the loss and cuts the total number of mini-games from 50 to a paltry 10. These 10 might be some of the better ones from the original collection, but the massive loss makes the party aspect of the multiplayer feel anemic and flat. It doesn't mean that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD isn't still a blast to play, alone or with friends. It's just light on content and leaves fans hungry for more.

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