Amazon has hot deals on Super Monkey Ball 3DS and Yakuza 4

Amazon is having their own version of Black Friday, only they are doing it all week. They even have some pretty damn cheap games. Two SEGA deals that stand out are:

Don’t miss out if you have not picked up both those games, especially Yakuza 4. That game is just plain awesome. Find some other good SEGA deals on Amazon? Post it in the comment section. 

Super Monkey Ball 3DS – Monkey Fight Trailer

As many of you may know by now Super Monkey Ball has three game modes: Main game, which plays much like any good Monkey Ball game should, roll the ball to the goal! Monkey Race, which looks like a poor mans’ ‘Sega All-Star Racing’ and Monkey Fight, which has more than a passing resemblance to Super Smash Bros.

This trailer highlights the gameplay found in Monkey Fight mode, which looks much better than Monkey Race. Still, is it really too much to ask for the fun gameplay of ‘Monkey Fight’ from Super Monkey Ball Deluxe?

SEGA Press Event Happening in a Few Weeks

From GoNintendo comes a bit of news regarding an upcoming SEGA press event. Little is said of the event, except that it will happen in a few weeks time and that reps from High Voltage and Creative Assembly will be in attendance. I assume it’ll be at SEGA’s offices in California, though I never should assume as it makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me” (joke).

Should be exciting to hear more of Virtua Tennis 4, as well as the others, however what I’m really hoping for are some reveals. Sonic Anniversary, Sonic 4 Episode 2 or Phaantasy Star Online 2 would all be great. Alan Pritchard did say to expect two Sonic game announcements in the early part of this year. More details to come, obviously.

[Source: GoNintendo and The Sonic Stadium]

A look at Super Monkey Ball 3DS’s fight mode & new stage

One of the modes in the upcoming Super Monkey Ball 3D (or as we call it 3DS, we are cool like that) is Fight Mode. You start off in a level with other friends, you can pick up bananas, whoever has the most when the time runs out wins. Issue? You can hit each other and steal bananas from opposing players.

Every player has the “Banana Shake”, which shakes bananas from the other player, issue is that you lose some bananas too. During play there will appear a “Golden Barrel” somewhere on the level, the monkey to get the tenth hit will get a super power. If you fall off the playing field, you also lose a ton of bananas and will have to make your way back on. An example shown is you falling on a pirate ship, using the canon to blast yourself back into play.

Reminds me a bit of Power Stone. As for the new stage, it is a ‘spooky’ themed one. Its called “Bananightmare”. You can check that out in the gallery, after the jump. The first four photos are of the new stage.

Super Monkey Ball 3DS Announcement Trailer

Check out the western announcement trailer for Super Monkey Ball 3DS! The trailer is all CGI and highlights the three games that will feature in Super Monkey Ball 3DS, classic Monkey Ball rolling, Monkey Fight and Monkey Race. There also seems to be a new bad guy on the block!

I’ve been a monkey ball fan since the first game but I’ve avoided the series since Monkey Ball Deluxe. This is due to the direction the series has taken, using the party games as more of a gimmick to show off a new control scheme instead of focusing on what’s important. Making fun, fleshed out games.

Super Monkey Ball 3DS seems to have returned to the ‘quality over quantity’ notion, and Monkey Fight and Monkey Race, two of my favourite party games, have returned,  although they seem to have new gameplay mechanics. But unfortunately my favourite party game of the lot, Monkey Target is absent!

Super Monkey Ball 3DS Japanese boxart & release date

This is basically what you’d expect from a Super Monkey Ball game cover. It has those cute monkeys you love, though this one seems to be showing more of a cut out art style. Reminds me of Kirby’s Epic Yarn sort of.

Even though Super Monkey Ball 3DS was one of the first shown and one of the first games to get gameplay footage online, it will not be a launch title for the hardware, at least in Japan. Nintendo put up their official line up of games and it excluded this title.

The title will actually launch in Japan on March 3rd, one week after the 3DS is out. Reason for this? No idea.

[Source: Famitsu & AndriaSang]

Super Monkey Ball 3DS Trailer

The first trailer for Super Monkey Ball 3DS has arrived.

There isn’t a whole lot to say about the trailer, you can’t tell how well the 3D works on a PC monitor so I can’t really comment on that. I do, however like the tropical sounding music going on!

I’m more interested in this Monkey Ball then other recent ones however, as this one’s being developed by the original team in Japan. One thing I will mention is that I hope those red rails that stop you falling out of the level do not stick around past the first few stages. I want at least SOME challenge!

Finally I really, really hope that the mini games are fun and fleshed out again. I don’t know about anyone else but the mini games in Super Monkey Ball 1, 2 and Deluxe are what kept me and my friends coming back time and time again. In more recent monkey in ball related outings the mini games have been quantity before quality, often serving as more of a tech demo for what ever control gimmick they have been designed around and not fun mini games.

Let’s hope we can trust the original team to get the (monkey) ball rolling again… Yeah, I went there!

SEGA Europe confirms 2011 titles

SEGA of Europe has confirmed some of their 2011 line up, yet missed to mention some titles that we all know are coming. Namely the PSN/XBLA games,  Sonic 3DS game, Sonic 20th anniversary game, Binary Domain, and a few unannounced projects hinted. Here is what they gave up though.

  • Conduit 2 – Wii February 2011
  • Shogun 2: Total War – PC 15th March 2011
  • Super Monkey Ball 3DS (Working title) – 2011
  • Virtua Tennis 4 – PS3 2011
  • Rise of Nightmares (Kinect) – Xbox 360 2011
  • Yakuza 4 – PS3 Spring 2011
  • Thor – Spring 2011 Xbox 360/Wii/PSP/PS3/DS
  • Captain America: Super Soldier – PS3/Xbox 360/Wii/DS – Summer 2011

Some AAA titles mixed with license titles that we will most likely hit ignore on. Seems like a confirmation of the first half of the year, hopefully fall is better.  Well,  what titles are you guys looking forward to?

[Source: NowGamer]

Super Monkey Ball 3DS Japanese site opens

The Super Monkey Ball 3DS website  has now open and with it is a few bits of information about the upcoming 3DS game. As most of you know, this is most likely going to end up being a 3DS launch title and will be launching this spring.

Confirmed modes:

  • Monkey Ball: What you come to expect from the games, single player mode that has you rolling and collecting bananas.
  • Monkey Race: Car racing where you can use power ups to screw up the other player. Up to 4 players can join in on the race.
  • Monkey Fight: You fight other monkeys, seems to look very much like Super Smash Bros. Object is to take their bananas.  Up to 4 players can play! Screen below.

As for playable characters, the site has 8 character slots, but only half of them are shown. Those shown are AiAi, MeeMee, Baby and Gongon.

[Source: AndriaSang]

SEGA’s Julian Mehlfeld Answers Criticisms of SMB 3DS’s Graphics

So, some of you may have noticed that the screenshots for Super Monkey Ball’s 3DS entry don’t look so hot. They look bad even, which is odd considering the brief snippet of the game seen in the 3DS’s software line up video looked rather nice. In response to the criticism of the screenshots on the SEGA Forum, SEGA Rep Julian Mehlfeld, under his forum name “Clumsyorchid”, had this to say:

Not sure why the screens went out at that resolution to be honest, the game doesn’t really look like that as evidenced in the video:…ndo-3ds/705394
(skip to 1:45)

Shame is all assets go out without the 3D component – but the game looks good, no worries there.

So it seems the screenshots look the way they do due to being blown up way past their intended resolution. Mehlfeld intends to look into issue to ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future.

SEGA has 6 3DS titles planned for 2011

SEGA has revealed that they are planning to release six 3DS titles for their 2011 fiscal year (ending on March 2012). Out of the 6 titles, we know two of them, Super Monkey Ball and a Sonic title.

Since there are four titles that we know nothing about (not that we know much about the Sonic title, other than its a Sonic game), what do you think they will be?

Mike Hayes has stated they would like to do a House of the Dead and Aliens vs. Predator game on 3DS

[Source: AndriaSang]

Super Monkey Ball 3DS press release and screenshots

Here are a few new facts we know about the upcoming Super Monkey Ball 3DS (not final title). It is confirmed that the game is being developed by SEGA Studio Japan. The new game will have ‘brand new compelling gameplay choices’, sounds sexy. Nagoshi (or his super busy team at least) is even working on the title it seems.

Here is the negative, it says you will have a choice between the 3DS’ motion sensor or slide pad (The slide pad means the new analog pad).

There is also a few seconds of footage, in a new Nintendo  trailer.

Hit jump for press release and more screens…

Super Monkey Ball 3DS footage found

Nintendo has just released some 3DS information, including 2 new titles by Capcom (Resident Evil: The Mercenaries and Mega Man Legends 3) and with that announcement came a new ‘line up trailer’.

In the trailer is footage of the  Super Monkey Ball game and it is looking … like a Super Monkey Ball game. I guess not much else to say. I hope all games turn out great because it will need a good line up to move at $300 dollars (Japanese price).

[Thanks: Pao via twitter]