Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

Slipping on its own banana skins.

Just how did those monkeys get trapped inside those balls anyway? How do they eat/sleep/go to the toilet? Aren't they annoyed at their captors for holding them hostage for the past five years? How is it they've suddenly developed the ability to jump? Why do I get to review the duff Monkey Ball? Questions questions.

Banana Blitz - in many ways - neatly distils everything that's good and bad about the Nintendo Wii at the present time. It shoehorns an interesting tilt control system onto a game that, well, already had a perfect control system, and then throws 50 dreadful multiplayer mini-games at you - almost none of which provide a solid case that the experience is in any way improved by the use of the Wii remote.

When Super Monkey Ball first graced the GameCube five years ago, those mini-games were the perfect reward for chipping your way through all those fiendish stages where you rolled your Monkey with precision towards the goal. For many, multiplayer sessions on Monkey Bowling, Monkey Golf and the like were the best thing about it.

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New Monkey Ball Wii details

New Monkey Ball Wii details

New characters announced.

SEGA has announced that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz will see the introduction of two new characters - YanYan and Doctor.

YanYan's a "young, vivacious female monkey" apparently, while Doctor is "an older monkey with a past steeped in mystery due to his acute case of amnesia".

There's more to them than that though - as each will have particular strengths and weaknesses in acceleration, speed and jumping ability.

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Sonic and Full Auto at PS3 launch

Sonic and Full Auto at PS3 launch

Monkey Ball there for Wii.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Full Auto 2: Battlelines will be PlayStation 3 launch titles, according to SEGA of America's Scott Steinberg.

Steinberg, SoA's veepee of marketing, also revealed that Virtua Fighter 5 would ship in March 2007.

Speaking in an interview with US website GameDaily, he said SEGA's Wii titles would adopt a similar strategy. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz will be there at launch, while Sonic Wild Fire (working title) is due next March.

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Super Monkey Ball saves lives

Well, potentially, anyway.

A new study has revealed that surgeons could perform better if they enjoy a quick gaming session before entering the operating theatre.

Monkey Ball - a series established by tilt control. Nintendo Wii - a console designed to harness gestures and hand motions. The "perfect fit" intro practically writes itself. Monkey Ball and Wii - the perfhnnh! Hrrr! Gnngh! Khhhk! Grakt! Right, stopped it writing itself. So, instead, let's talk about how much the new controls are going to wind people up.

Monkey Ball blitzes Revolution

New mechanics, party games.

Continuing its pre-E3 splurge that yesterday saw the announcement of Virtua Tennis 3 for PS3 and X360, SEGA's sent word of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz - due out on Revolution in an unspecified timescale.