Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

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ZTGD

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8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Anyone with any love of Monkey Ball would be doing themselves a disservice not picking up a way better version of a game that was hindered by motion control.

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8.1 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

After nearly 14 years Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz is still an entertaining piece of software despite some minor flaws.

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4 / 10
Oct 29, 2019

The package is rounded out with various Time Trial options and the minigame-powered Decathlon, but not even the addition of online leaderboards can make the title’s awful adaptation of Whack-a-Mole entertaining.

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70 / 100
Oct 29, 2019

Despite the steep difficulty curve and lack of any real new content, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD is a noted improvement over the original version of the game.

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7.2 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

If you are a saga lover or you are one of those who likes games that are a real challenge we can not do anything other than recommend this Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. Of course, prepare large doses of patience especially if you intend to get all the champion medals.

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5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2019

Despite faint glimpses of the greatness that could’ve been, you’d be better served waiting for the proper reboot that this franchise absolutely deserves.

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GameXplain

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Unscored
Oct 29, 2019
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7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a job of remastering well done, as we would like to see more often applied also to titles of greater appeal.

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Oct 29, 2019

The developers have taken away motion controls, made it a bit more challenging, and added two new modes. Yet, for better or worse, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD plays the same as the original.

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6.5 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is the return of the beloved franchise, but is this HD port bananas or does it slip on a peel?

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6 / 10
Oct 29, 2019

Back in the day, we gave the Wii version a crushing 4/10 score and said 'if the controls were good then you could double the score'. Little did we know that over a decade later, our words would ring (almost) true. With more usable controls you can finally enjoy this batch of 100 levels for what they are, but the wider game is let down by weird leaderboard decisions and those lacklustre mini-games. The best monkey-in-a-ball game since Super Monkey Ball 2, sure, but not quite a return to the series heyday.

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7 / 10
Nov 5, 2019

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a solid remaster of a sub-par Super Monkey Ball title. The visual style works for the series, and most of the party games that were included represent the best ones from the original release. The online leaderboard integration for the Decathlon and Time Attack modes is a great addition. There are unlockable outfits, and even Sonic the Hedgehog has been added to the game. All of the original music from the Wii release has been replaced due to licensing issues.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2019

A bargain price benefits this remastered re-release; while it’s better without motion controls and a majority of uninspired mini-games, there’s not a terrible amount to do in the end.

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5.8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Instead what we've got here is a HD misfire of a motion-control misfire from over a decade ago.

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D. Crowley

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5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2019

If you're an avid fan of the Monkey Ball series you may find some entertainment here. Otherwise, I'd say you should pass, or wait until it's on sale as Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is not the grand return of the series it could have been

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6 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2019

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD could be a wonderfully fun and enjoyable game. Sadly, control difficulties and horrendous camera mechanics greatly diminish the fun to be had.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a respectable entry into its series. The gameplay is as fun as ever, but camera issues and brevity keep it from becoming a true classic.

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3.5 / 5.0
Oct 29, 2019

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD isn't a perfect recreation of the original game due to some things being improved and others being taken away.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2019

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a great remake that solves many of its predecessor's problems, but it's still plagued by a wacky camera and a general lack of content.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2019

While I don’t believe that this is the first step in the revitalization of the franchise, and doubt we’ll see a new Super Monkey Ball game any time soon, it’s still awesome to see this game come back to life for people like myself who never got into the series back then.

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