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Beginner FAQ
By Erik McLennan-Funkytoad
Version 1.0
3/23/02

Mail-xxfunkytoadxx@yahoo.com
AIM -xXFunkytoadXx

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Table of Contents
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1-Introduction
2-Controls
3-Beginner
4-My scores
5-Closing
6-Credits
7-Disclaimer

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1-Introduction
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Hello, and welcome to my Beginner FAQ for Super Monkey Ball. 
This guide is mainly geared towards players that are just 
starting off, and young'uns that might be getting a little 
frustrated. Whomever you are, make yourself at home, and 
read on.
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2-Controls
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Analog Stick-That round appendage protruding from the left 
side of your controller. You can't miss it.-This is the only 
control you're going to need in Super Monkey Ball. This 
tilts the stage that you're playing on, thus making your 
monkey roll. The further you tilt the stick, the further the 
stage will tilt. How dare they make it so complicated ^_~ In 
some later levels, it can affect other things, but we'll 
cross that bridge when we come to it.

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3-Beginner
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Level 1-It starts...
Time:60
Bananas:4
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:A hard one already? Heh heh, this level is over 
before it begins. Just hold up. You can grab bananas if you 
want to try to build up for extra lives.

High Score:Just hold up and you'll get yourself a cool 
11860. But wait! You can add another 100 points from 
grabbing either the left or right banana along the way! You 
need to tilt the control stick -ever so slightly-. If you do 
it right, you'll snag the extra banana, and still finish 
with 58:30 left.

Level 2-The Hole
Time:60
Bananas:3
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:Go forward, and curve either right or left to 
avoid the gaping hole. You can grab a banana on your way, 
and then nab another banana behind the goal, if you're going 
for an extra life. If you're really obsesses with getting 
bananas, you can loop back and grab the banana on the other 
side of the hole. Then just walk right into the goal.

High Score:This one is deceiving...in order to get a really 
good score, you don't exit through the obvious goal. If you 
turn around, you'll notice a small ramp. Go up and off, and 
you'll land on a small platform, with a green exit! This 
will multiply your score by 3 when you go through it ^_^ 
Right off the bat hold down, and adjust as the camera turns, 
to go straight off the ramp. As you fall, turn around so 
that when you hit the ground, you'll be aimed straight for 
the goal. Once you land, zoom right in!

Level 3-Racetrack!
Time:60
Bananas:4
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:Simply go forward, and follow the path that is 
given to you. On your way to the goal you'll nab 2 bananas. 
If you want more bananas, after you get the first 2, turn 
around, and follow the path the other way. You'll get to 
another curve, with 2 more bananas. You can then go forward 
into the goal.

High Score:Instead of speeding through the little halfpipe, 
begin by going up the right wall, back down, and up the 
left, then up the right wall again, and over into the goal. 
That was quick ^_^

Level 4-Moving and Shaking
Time:60
Bananas:7
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:Start off holding up, and follow the path, 
nabbing bananas, until about the halfway point of the 
spinning platform. Now wait there, staying on the platform, 
until the platform lines up so that you can get the next 
banana. Get it, then keep going forward, in line with the 
bananas. You'll end up on the final platform, and you can go 
straight into the goal.

High Score:Ahh....feeling speedy? In order to get the 
fastest possible time on this level, you need to make it 
across the entire rotating platform in one pass...and grab 
every banana. Start off holding up, and veer a _little_ bit 
to the right. You want to nick the first banana with the 
left side of your ball. Now you can grab the rest of the 
bananas easily, and when getting of the rotating platform, 
make sure to stay centered. You don't want to ram into the 
side of the goal, and go flying out of the level, now do 
you?

Level 5-Bonus!
Time:60
Bananas:50
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:Well, no matter what you do, you advance to the 
next level...

High Score:To get all 50 bananas, you'll want to collect 
them in an organized fashion. Grab the closest one, then 
make your way around the outside of the square of bananas. 
Once that's done, go all the way around the inside square of 
bananas. Now Collect the banana that sat inside the square, 
and then the one lone banana that's far off at the "end" of 
the level.

Level 6-ZigZag
Time:60
Bananas:8
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:Go forward until the first ramp, then let go of 
forward, and just keep yourself on it, as you safly glide 
down. Grab the 2 bananas, then head down the next ramp in 
the same fashion. Repeat this for the next 2 ramps. Now for 
the last one, if you have trouble keeping the monkey on, you 
might want to pull back a bit, just so that you don't fall 
off. Head straight into the goal.

High Score:Woo! This is a very fun level to go for quick 
times on! What you do, is hop off the right side, holding 
forward, bounce, and land right in front of the goal. You'll 
need to experiment with velocities, because it's very 
possible to overshoot it completely, and also very possible 
to undershoot. Good luck ^_^

Level 7-Upward ho!
Time:60
Bananas:12
Banana Bunches:1

Beating it:Turn around and grab the two bananas behind you, 
then go to the first ramp. Grab the banana at the bottom, 
then go straight up the ramp, and grab the banana on your 
way, and the one at the top. Go over to the second ramp, and 
grab a banana, then head straight up the ramp, grabbing one 
on your way, and one at the top. Grab the banana just before 
the third one, turn, and aim for the banana bunch. Go 
straight forward at full speed, and make it up the ramp, 
getting your very first bunch of bananas! Now grab the 
banana at the top, and the two near the goal, then head 
straight into the goal. 

High Score:This is about as straightforward as it gets...cut 
all of the corners sharply. The only banana you should get 
is the bunch of bananas on the third ramp. The other bananas 
are too far out of the way to be worth it.

Level 8-Dole it up
Time:60
Bananas:25
Banana Bunches:2

Beating it:Wait until the corner square of the large square 
approaches you. Now, stay on it as well as you can, until 
the squares join back up, and make the large square. Go 
position yourself on the far corner square. You can collect 
quite a few bananas, but it's best just to go straight 
there, to avoid missing your ride, so to speak. Now just 
stay on the corner, until it reaches the final platform, and 
head into the goal! If you really want those banana bunches, 
you can just wait on any of the two side corners, and 
collect it, then get back on, and head either for the other 
banana bunch, or the goal. Your choice.

High Score:The key to this level, is to collect as many 
bananas as possible before boarding the corner leading to 
the goal. Get onto the first square and wait until the 
squares are almost touching, then zigzag across the Dole 
logo, in an effort to get as many bananas as possible. Make 
sure you make it to the corner that goes to the Goal also, 
otherwise your efforts will be in vain. On my personal 
record run, I got 11 bananas.

Level 9-Full speed ahead!
Time:60
Bananas:1
Banana Bunches:1

Beating it:Go forward, and right across the path, until your 
reach the plateau of sorts. Now head straight at the bunch 
of bananas, with a fair bit of speed, so that you make it 
across. Now as soon as you hit the wall, pull towards the 
wall, so that you don't fall off. Now you can head around 
behind the goal and grab a banana, then head into the goal.

High Score:Right off the bat, you want to hold up. Curve 
right, and get straighened out along the straight path. Near 
the end, pull back to slow down, and curve around the bend. 
Your goal is to get headed towards the bunch of bananas at 
an angle, so that you'll hit the ramp, go flying into the 
wall on the next platform, and bounce into the goal.

Level 10-Eww...
Time:60
Bananas:6
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:This is the first difficult level. You're best 
off not collecting bananas, but rather focusing on making it 
through the level. Hold up right away, and head across the 
first thin walkway. Now turn, and head across the second 
thin walkway, taking your time, so that you don't fall. Now, 
the third thin walkway is composed of stairs, so take this 
one slowly. Now head across either bridge (it makes no 
difference which one you take), and then head up the next 
thin walkway. You need to keep yourself at a decent speed so 
that you actually make it. Take your time on that one. Now 
go to the curving thin walkway, the final obstacle before 
the goal. Go across it slowly, you should have enough time 
to make it without having to rush. Now simply rush through 
the goal, and you'll grab the banana behind it.

High Score:Hold up right off the bat. When you near the end 
of the straight bit, hold down to brake. Turn right, and fly 
off the platform, onto the one below, going across the thin 
bridge with the banana on it, and veering right, up the 
slope. You should get onto the curvy bit with well over 50 
seconds left. Take them quickly, and you can finish with 
more than 45 seconds left, which makes for an impressive 
replay ^_^

Extra 1-o_O whaaat....
Time:30
Bananas:7
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:Wait until the first platform comes, and get on 
it. Now just follow the platforms as they move. Take it 
slowly, and get onto the final platform at your own pace; 
you don't need to be particularly quick about it. Now just 
stroll into the goal.

High Score:You can't get onto the moving platforms straight 
away, so just approach the gap slowly. When the platform 
arrives, get onto it, and start moving in a quick, slightly 
leftward movement. You want to grab every banana. Once you 
get the last banana, burn it onto the final platform, and 
into the goal.

Extra 2-Wheel of Goalosity, turn turn turn...
Time:30
Bananas:5
Banana Bunches:0

Beating it:If you want bananas, you can grab the row of 5 at 
the back of the level. Just wait until the goal slows down, 
then go right through the goal.

High Score:Hold up straight away. If you veer slightly left, 
and just keep yourself going towards the goal, you should 
get in at 28:40 or quicker.

Extra 3-I'm gonna be sick...
Time:30
Bananas:5
Banana Bunches:1

Beating it:Easier than it looks...Hold up right off the bat, 
and then continue forward, until you get to the edge of the 
level. Turn around, and head straight into the goal. You'll 
probably want to avoid banana hunting, as this level doesn't 
make it very fun...

High Score:Hold up right off the bat, and head towards the 
banana in the middle. Once you nab it, veer right, and hold 
back to brake. Start zooming in the opposite direction, and 
with some practise you should head right into the goal, and 
nab the banana behind it ^_^ Unfortunately, the bunch of 
bananas is stuck in a place where it's not even worth the 
time to grab it.

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4-My Scores
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Here are all of my scores, despite how sucky they 
are....feel free to gaze at them when you need a confidence 
boost! ^_^

B1-11960
B2-31460
B3-11590
B4-11776
B5-5000
B6-11216
B7-10862
B8-10690
B9-11982
B10-9382
BX1-4980
BX2-5700
BX3-5286
TOTAL-141884

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5-Closing
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Ahh.....and so it ends. I hope you've enjoyed my Beginner 
FAQ, and I certainly hope that you benefit from it ^_^ Good 
luck!
By the way, if anyone has any strategies that will get you 
through the levels faster, easier, or with a higher score, 
feel free to email them to me at xxfunkytoadxx@yahoo.com ^_^

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6-Credits
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CJayC-for maintaining an excellent website, and for 
hopefully putting this up!

Nintendo-The people who made that 
thing.....uh.....y'know........er....GameCube! That's it!

Sega-For feeding my infatuation of monkeys

xXDarkLightXx-for helping me through some tough times, so 
that I could get back on track, and back to this guide!

Frak-same as above ^_^

The Perfect Dark Elite Message Board-for always helping me 
with scores for games and stuff.....without them, I wouldn't 
have the thirst for competition that I do!

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7-Disclaimer
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I own this guide, and it is protected by copyright...so 
don't plagiarize, got it? I'll sue yer ass faster than you 
can call for your mommy. The only thing I own is this guide. 
All characters, trademarks etc, are owned by HAL and 
nintendo.

*EOF*