Monkey Ball is the first entry in the Super Monkey Ball series which released in Japan as an upright arcade cabinet. It was published by Sega and developed by Amusement Vision. It has only the Main Game with exactly the same levels as Super Monkey Ball, except this game has only one Master floor which has been given the name Bridge Master in Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. In fact, Super Monkey Ball is a port with added Party Games and Mini Games.
Monkey Ball served as the base for its home console release Super Monkey Ball and all later games in the series. It was released as a NAOMI arcade cabinet in Japan several months prior to the release of Super Monkey Ball.
Only AiAi, MeeMee and Baby are playable. The difficulty levels available from the beginning are Beginner, Advanced and Expert, with Master being unlockable. The objective of the game is to reach the goal without falling off the floor or running out of time. By collecting bananas that are scattered throughout the stages, you can obtain 1-ups to extend your playthrough.
The following are the worlds that are seen in each difficulty:
For a look into this game, see here:
- The game is notable for its banana-shaped joystick.
- GonGon is absent in this game.
- When the timer drops below 10 seconds, a frantic song will play. This doesn't happen in Super Monkey Ball but it does in Super Monkey Ball 2.
- The stages in this game were recycled in later games, such as Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz.