Wednesday, October 20, 2004

News: Super Monkey Ball Deluxe
Posted by JayGo :: 8:09 AM

SEGA Europe Ltd today announced the development of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, which will bring SEGA's popular arcade series to PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Microsoft Xbox consumers for the first time. The new title will feature 300 stages (114 from Super Monkey Ball, 140 from Super Monkey Ball 2, and 46 Deluxe-exclusive boards), and will be available in spring 2005.

In addition to new stages, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe will offer a new Challenge mode, integrating varying skill settings (Beginner, Advanced, and Expert) into one fluid ramp up, rather than breaking them out as independent gameplay sections. There will also be additional stages in the story mode. All twelve of the party games from Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2 are also to be included along with 6 new games, which is effectively two-and-a-half retails games on one disc!
So, this'll be my cue to sell both my current Monkey Ball games for the Gamecube, will it? I do have concerns about how well the game will adapt to the analogue sticks of the Xbox and PS2, however.. the GC pad seemed almost perfectly designed for Monkey Ball, and the slightly stiffer sticks on the other pads might cause problems.

Oh, and of course the Gamecube owners get treated badly again, and don't seem to get the improved version of their own game. Did you expect something different? This is the company who took two years to release Animal Crossing in Britain, after all.

No, I will never drop that grudge.

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