Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

Rating Summary

Based on 60 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

24%

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Based on 60 critic reviews
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No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 29, 2019

The motion controls of the Wii original are stripped out for this remaster, leaving an entertaining if not quite excellent outing.

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6 / 10
Oct 30, 2019

A welcome revival of a much-loved franchise, although Banana Blitz was never the best entry and Sega has had to accept too many compromises in porting it from the Wii.

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5 / 10
Oct 29, 2019

This remaster of a previously solid entry in the Super Monkey Ball franchise initially thrills, but the shine fades fast.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

As a return effort the core of Super Monkey Ball is there with Banana Blitz HD, it'll just be hard to turn people onto it unless you're going in with a solo mindset. If you haven't ever experienced monkeys in balls before and plan on coming in as a rogue agent, that budget pricing helps.

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Hobby Consolas
Javier Sólvez López

Top Critic

70 / 100
Oct 29, 2019

The new remaster version of Super Monkey Ball is a good choice to have fun without huge pretensions. Revive old experiences in any platform.

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5 / 10
Oct 29, 2019

I wanted to like this game, as I am a huge fan of the franchise, but this banana does not pass the smell test.

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IGN Spain

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

As fun as its original release, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD could have included more extras to justify its remastered relaunch, because Sonic, no matter how cool it is, is not enough.

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4 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

A disappointing package which fails to showcase the appeal of the classic series. Bad boss fights and bad mini games make this remake hard to recommend.

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55 / 100
Oct 29, 2019

In the end, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD will satisfy fans with its lovingly new remade visuals and presentation. While the single-player mode is much more improved thanks to analog controls, the new multiplayer elements are drab and will damper your experience should you want something to play with friends. These are some Super Monkey Balls you should probably play with yourself rather than others

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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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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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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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ZTGD

Top Critic

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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GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Nov 3, 2019

On the one hand, the game has lost its arcade drive and charm, on the other - it's still a good Monkey Ball, albeit not without drawbacks in the form of inappropriate bosses, wacky mini-games, outdated graphics and a little different cartoon style.

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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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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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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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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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GameXplain

Top Critic

Unscored
Oct 29, 2019
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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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