Super Monkey Ball 
                                Monkey Fight 
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Copyrighted 2001 Sega
Written By: Brian P. Sulpher
Version 1.2
E-Mail: briansulpher@hotmail.com
Date Written: July 23 to July 24, 2002 

I dedicate this FAQ to my girlfriend Jen Dixon.  She loves this play mode,
and doesn't even get mad when I win every time.  Don't worry babe, you may
get me sometime soon, but not bloody likely!

Also, for Cougar.  I miss you, and I hope you are living it up in the 
afterlife as you did in this world.  You will always be in my memories, and
you will never be forgotten.

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Version 1.0
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-Submitted FAQ on July 24th, 2002

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Version 1.1
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-Submitted FAQ on September 23rd, 2003
-Updated the format, cleaned up some errors, and I added a few bits of info

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Version 1.2
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-Submitted guide on February 23rd, 2005
-altered the format somewhat
-I added in Honestgamers as a site allowed to use my FAQs

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---------------------------------Table of Contents--------------------------
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1) Introduction
2) Controls
3) Options
4) Power-Ups
5) Level Lay-outs
6) Scoring Rules
7) Player Colours
8) Strategies
9) Final Word

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----------------------------------Introduction------------------------------
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1) This is a specific look at the party game monkey fight in the game Super
   Monkey Ball.  This is a fast-paced, multiplayer riot, and it easy to miss
   some of the finer details of this game.  I am going to attempt to give an
   in-depth look at this game.  

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2) This section will review the controls so you will be able to go and smite
   your enemies (or something like that anyway).  


Analog Stick-> controls your monkey's direction.

A Button-----> throws a punch.

START--------> pauses and unpauses the game.


   That are the three controls you need to know.  Sounds pretty simplistic.
   This is just a subtle deception because this game is all about subtle use
   of the controls.  These subtlties will be reviewed later on in the 
   Strategies Section of teh FAQ.

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3) This section will view all of the available options for setting up a
   monkey fight.


  i) select Party Games from the main menu, which brings up three choices 
     of: Monkey Race, Monkey Fight, and Monkey Target.  Of course we choose 
     Monkey Fight.

 ii) Now you need to select the number of players you wish to use (anywhere 
     from 1 to 4 players).  

iii) Then The players can select which Monkey they want to control.  

 iv) The option of number of wins needed for victory is offered (1 to 5).  
     After that, there is the choice of what three arena's you want to play 
     in, and what order.  This will bring you to the game settings of the 
     COM (on/off).  Then choose Game Start, and you will begin your hard 
     fought monkey fights.

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4) This section will look at the different power-ups available to your
   monkey in the fierce battles.  Power-ups can be cross bred with each
   other, as well as increasing the potency by mixing two of the same
   (except SPINNER), up to the power of three times.


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                            | The "BIG" Glove |
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This item will increase the size of your glove, and this causes your 
punching hitting area to increase.  You will have an easier time hitting 
opponents than before.  This goes well with the other power-ups.


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                              | The "SPINNER" |
                              o---------------o

This allows your character to spin their glove in a circle around their 
ball.  To do this, press and hold down 'A' Button to to start swinging the
glove.  This item is best used in conjunction with the "BIG" Glove.


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                             | The "LONG" Arm |
                             o----------------o

This is by far the best item to get.  It not only extends how far your 
monkey can reach, it also gives more power behind your punches.  This Item 
is best used with the "BIG" Glove power-up.


   The reason that the SPINNER, and the LONG Arm do not work well together 
   is simply because the SPINNER is dependent upon the glove making contact
   with the opponent.  The more LONG Arm's you have in play, the wider the
   radius of the SPINNER attack.  This means it is pretty easy for an
   opponent to get themselves inside of your radius to punch you off easily
   since your defense is down (you are wide open to attack).

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5) This section will describe what the three battle zones look like, and
   what this means to the likelihood of staying on the platform.

   Basically, from left to right the danger to your monkey increases.  The
   three levels are as follows:


a) Mid-Summer Jungle Square - This is a large, green square that has rails
   on the left and right sides.  It is fairly large, so knocking people off
   usually requires a few hits (unless they get sloppy and put themselves on
   the outside of it).  A fairly tame battle site to start you off with.

b) Cold Ice Octagon - This is an icy field that has a much smaller surface
   area than the first battle arena.  There are eight walls placed in an
   arranged order that can often help you stay on the platform.  There is
   a platform in the middle as well, which prevents anyone form taking
   straight charges at an opponent.  This field is ice cold, but it ups
   the heat of battle with the smaller surface, making it much more intense
   than the previous course.

c) High Flying UFO Circle - This level is the smallest of the three, and it
   has no walls to protect your monkey from a long fall.  This is an
   extremely intense battle site, and should be of extreme high scoring
   races.  This battle site is popular just because of the easiness of
   knocking someone off.

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6) This game has a fairly well tested scoring rules, but it does add the
   extra motivation to the game.  The scoring breaks down as follows:


a) Knocking a monkey off the platform - 10 points

b) Knocking the leader (the player with the most points, which is symbolized
   by a crown over there player is the leader) - 20 points

c) Suicide dive offs - 5 points for every other player regardless of place
   of the suicide diver.


   That is it, and Power-Ups do not yield any points directly (but they help
   to garner the points faster, usually).

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7) The players colours are always the following:


a) Player 1 - Red

b) Player 2 - Blue

c) Player 3 - Yellow

d) Player 4 - Green

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8) This segment of the FAQ is going to list a few strategies that will
   augment the knowledge you have gathered previously to reading this.  
   Hopefully, this will also give you the edge on your toughest competition.


a) Rapidly punching a person means you get very little power behind your
   punches.  A good idea is to punch them once, and then charge at them.
   When you get in close, you can lay a strong punch that will send them
   flying (thanks to the force behind you charge transferring to your 
   punch).

b) Use the SPINNER sparingly since human opponents will avoid you, and then
   slip inside the arc to punch your undefended self off.  This is 
   especially true if you have a couple of the LONG Arm power-ups on.

c) Always watch for the player who is stuck on the outside, so you can pick
   then off for easy points.  Just note that you should be wary of sneak
   attackers following you to get you right after you have successfully
   vansquished an opponent.

d) If you are stuck on the outside, and the mob is coming for you, do not
   fight, but try to quickly run away.  This will often cause your
   opponents to miss you, allowing the necessary time to get back in where
   it is safer to be.  Once you master your "squirm" tecnique (sliding
   between charginf roces), quickly turn and fire a shot to their backs,
   using their own momentum to send them flying!

e) Do not set your sight on exclusively busting the boxes for the power-ups,
   since you will often get hit from behind, fall off, and then the worst
   part of course is the other player getting the power-up!  Note that you
   can use this to your advantage as well, mainly by faking them out by
   pretending to go for the box, but quickly cut away to make the enemy fly 
   by and then punch them off the platform with your surprise maneuver.

f) Going after the leader is a good way to catch up in points, but do not
   focus exclusively on one opponent.  You will usually end up getting
   knocked off, which will drop you further back in the scoring.  However,
   if you know you are better than the leader (skill-wise), then go after 
   them with abandon as they will be easier targets than tougher players may
   be for fewer points.

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9) As is the usual, this walkthrough is copyright property of Brian P. 
   Sulpher, 2003.  The only website, group, person, etc. to have access to
   post it is www.gamefaqs.com, www.ign.com, and www.honestgamers.com.  You 
   must ask for permission before posting this (go ahead, I am very nice, 
   and more than likely will say yes).

   If you liked it, hated it, have anything to add, then please E-mail me at
   briansulpher@hotmail.com.  You can also contact me through MSN messenger
   through the same E-mail address.

   Have fun with this fun little party game, and with the rest that Super
   Monkey Ball has to offer you!  Keep in mind to not take the score too
   seriously as it is all for fun after all!  Of course that is easy for me 
   to say as I never lose in this play mode though!