Game music of the day: Super Monkey Ball

Game: Super Monkey Ball

Song: Jungle

Composer: Shoji, Tomita and Osumi

Above: Jungle from Super Monkey Ball

Super Monkey Ball was one of those brilliant games that was impossibly fun, fresh and addicting the first time around but petered out within a matter of weeks. So, even though today I couldn't possibly muster up enthusiasm for another game (unless it were on the 3DS, maybe), the first one still holds a special place in my heart for its lethally cute presentation and head-bobbing, ultra-melodic music.

Most of the appeal came from the dead-simple gameplay - navigate your spherical monkey globe through increasingly challenging mazes. But the underlying music, Jungle in this case, fit the environments perfectly and changed regularly to keep the vibe in flux. By the time you got used to the bass line of Jungle, you'd be listening to...

Above: Sky High

Above: Monkey Mall

Above: Storm, which sounds like a precursor to Amusement Vision's F-Zero GX

... plus a few other songs to boot. None of it's particularly outstanding, it merely fits well and makes for great background listening while you attempt maze after devilish maze. A lot like Cel Damage, another early GameCube/Xbox/PS2 title I covered a few weeks back. But yeah, a 3DS version could kill if it really sold the height and depth of the floating mazes and elaborate backgrounds. Get on that, Sega.


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Some of the best battle music of all time, by Iwadare



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  • Aeshir - September 12, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    Holy dickbutts, that last song is so F-Zero GX it isn't even funny. THIS IS A GOOD THING.
  • grappler51 - September 12, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    This was one of my first gamecube games, and I played it a lot. Never beat the hard mode though...
  • Alroos13 - September 11, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    It's strange how this music seems a little generic out of context.. You're right on how fitting the music is inside of the game, though. I can't get enough of the bass slide in Monkey Mall. Sounds like a Hannah Barbara sound effect... BLAM!
  • batmanboy11 - September 11, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    Great music.
  • Gorillaman23 - September 11, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    A lot of classic Gamecube games had great music. I love these features, keep up the good stuff.
  • philipshaw - September 11, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    This is good stuff Brett
  • oz997 - September 11, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    *to prevent
  • oz997 - September 11, 2010 8:21 a.m.

    Monkey Ball is a game I've always wanted to play but never got around to. My only experience was the iPhone version, in which I had toprevent myself from throwing the phone off a wall after falling off the first level about 50 times:(
  • FAC51 - September 11, 2010 7:42 a.m.

    Used to love the music from the Billiards game in Monkey Ball -!v=WbtzfumF8B8&feature=related
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - September 11, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    Strangely enough I don't remember any of the music from the game. Even though I played it a lot one summer.
  • NdIGiTy - September 11, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    Perfectly enjoyable background stuff. I kinda like it.

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