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                        SUPER MONKEY BALL: BANANA BLITZ
                                SCORING GUIDE
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                    by Edward Foley (a.k.a CaliginousMind)
                            Version 1.12, 2/12/07

I. Who this Guide is For
II. Why this Guide?
III. Scoring Mechanics
   A. Time Score
   B. Stage Score
   C. Clear Score
   D. Other Point Sources
IV. Stage Reference
   A. World 1: Monkey Island
   B. World 2: Jumble Jungle
   C. World 3: Smooth Sherbet
   D. World 4: Detritus Desert
   E. World 5: Pirates Ocean
   F. World 6: Cobalt Caverns
   G. World 7: Volcanic Pools
   H. World 8: Space Case
   J. World 9: Sinking Swamp
   K. World 10: Ultra Heaven
V. Acknowledgements
VI. FAQs
VII. Contacts
VIII. Legal Stuffaroo
IX. Version Updates

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I. Who this Guide is For
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This guide has been designed for those either who are curious about the way the
main game scoring system works or for experienced players who are aiming to get
as many points as possible in each world.

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II. Why this Guide?
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When I first played Banana Blitz, I noticed that the scoring system differed
greatly from previous Monkey Ball installments. The exact way it was done was
not detailed in the instruction manual, so I decided to figure out the point
system for myself. As I became more and more experienced with the game, I often
found myself wondering how to maximize my final score for each world based on
the scoring mechanics. Most fortunately for you, I've decided to share my
knowledge. Trust me-the game's scoring is more confusing than you think. ;)

Those who strive to maximize the number of points they can get per world have
to balance the number of points received from bananas compared to their Clear
and Time Scores, constantly asking themselves, "is getting this banana a good
investment in time or life?" This guide will help to answer.

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III. Scoring Mechanics
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The score one gets for completing a level is split up into three different
components: the Time Score, the Stage Score, and the Clear Score. In addition,
there are other means of raising one's score spread about the courses. Below
are some rule-of-thumb ways to figure out how each category is scored. For the
actual values, look at the Stage Reference.

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A. Time Score
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The Time Score is determined by multiplying the number of seconds left on the
clock by 100. In other words, if there were 26.53 seconds left on the clock,
one would receive 2,653 points for the Time Score.

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B. Stage Score
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Numbered Levels
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The Stage Score usually follows the following formula:

(Level # + World # - 1) * 100

Another way to think of this is that the first level in a given world will
award 100 points multiplied by that world's number, and each subsequent level
in the world will award 100 points more. For example, Stage 1-7 will award 700
points and Stage 3-2 will award 400.

Bonus Levels
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The Stage Score is usually equivalent to the world number multiplied by 10. For
example, Bonus Stage 4 will award 40 points, and Bonus Stage 6 will award 60.
The score is only attainable if all bananas are picked up on the stage.

Boss Levels
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For boss levels: The Stage Score is usually equivalent to the world number
multiplied by 1,000.

Exceptions
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Strangely, levels in Worlds 9 and 10 appear to be treated as extensions of the
8th World. 9-1 acts as an imaginary "8-9"--its Stage Score is 1600 and not 900
as might be expected, for example. The Bonus Levels in Worlds 9 and 10 are also
strange in that their Clear Scores are swapped with other numbered levels' by
what appears to be a programmer's error. Furthermore, the swapped values would
be incorrect anyway. Finally, World 8's boss awards 10,000 points when
defeated, instead of the expected 8,000.

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C. Clear Score
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This one is a tad difficult to explain, so bear with me. Your Clear Score is
determined by the following formula, where C is the number of non-bonus levels
consecutively completed on the same life in a single world without having lost
on its bonus stage in that streak:

World # * 100 * (C - 1)

For example, if one completed three numbered levels consecutively in World 4,
the Clear Score would be 800. To clarify, The Clear Score is neither
incremented nor awarded in a bonus level; however, if one fails to collect all
its bananas, it will be reset for the following stages.

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D. Other Point Sources
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Bananas
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Every banana that is collected will immediately add 100 points to your running
score. Banana bunches will logically add 1,000. While bananas are a great
source of extra points, each one can only be collected once per continue.

Boss Hits
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For whatever reason, every time a boss is damaged, 100 points will be added to
your running total.

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IV. Stage Reference
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Below is a list of every level in the game, the time allotted to complete them,
the number of bananas on them, and their Stage Scores. A Stage Score marked
with a "<" denotes a score that breaks the expected pattern.

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A. World 1: Monkey Island
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
1-1     1:00       7         100
1-2     1:00      25         200
1-3     1:00       8         300
1-4     1:00      17         400
1-5     1:00      16         500
1-6     1:00      28         600
1-7     1:00      20         700
1-8     1:00      15         800
Bonus 1 1:00      50          10
Boss 1  2:00       0        1000

World Clear Score Factor: 100

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B. World 2: Jumble Jungle
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
2-1     1:00      51         200
2-2     1:00      38         300
2-3     1:00      30         400
2-4     1:00      12         500
2-5     2:00      75         600
2-6     2:00      30         700
2-7     2:00      39         800
2-8     2:00      44         900
Bonus 2 1:00      50          20
Boss 2  2:00      49        2000

World Clear Score Factor: 200

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C. World 3: Smooth Sherbet
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
3-1     1:00       7         300
3-2     1:00      25         400
3-3     1:00       8         500
3-4     1:00      17         600
3-5     1:00      16         700
3-6     1:00      28         800
3-7     1:00      20         900
3-8     1:00      15        1000
Bonus 3 1:00      50          30
Boss 3  2:00       0        3000

World Clear Score Factor: 300

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D. World 4: Detritus Desert
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
4-1     1:00      26         400
4-2     2:00      46         500
4-3     1:00       8         600
4-4     1:00      19         700
4-5     1:00      42         800
4-6     2:00      32         900
4-7     2:00      32        1000
4-8     2:00       7        1100
Bonus 4 1:00      50          40
Boss 4  2:00     134        4000

World Clear Score Factor: 400

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E. World 5: Pirates Ocean
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
5-1     1:00      51         500
5-2     2:00      33         600
5-3     1:00      21         700
5-4     1:00      22         800
5-5     1:00       5         900
5-6     1:00      48        1000
5-7     2:00      57        1100
5-8     2:00      53        1200
Bonus 5 1:00      50          50
Boss 5  2:00       0        5000

World Clear Score Factor: 500

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F. World 6: Cobalt Caverns
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
6-1     1:00      47         600
6-2     2:00      70         700
6-3     2:00      78         800
6-4     1:00      49         900
6-5     1:00      25        1000
6-6     1:00      50        1100
6-7     0:30      35        1200
6-8     2:00      59*       1300
Bonus 6 1:00      50          60
Boss 6  2:00       0        6000

World Clear Score Factor: 600

*Listed as having 41, but 59 present.

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G. World 7: Volcanic Pools
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
7-1     1:00      77         700
7-2     1:00      38         800
7-3     1:00       6         900
7-4     2:00      59        1000
7-5     1:00      51        1100
7-6     1:00      42        1200
7-7     1:00      24        1300
7-8     1:00      15        1400
Bonus 7 1:00      50          70
Boss 7  2:00       0        7000

World Clear Score Factor: 700

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H. World 8: Space Case
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
8-1     1:00      34         800
8-2     1:00     149         900
8-3     1:30      34        1000
8-4     1:00      46        1100
8-5     1:00      24        1200
8-6     1:00      14        1300
8-7     1:00      42        1400
8-8     1:00      76        1500
Bonus 8 1:00      50          80
Boss 8  2:00       0       10000<

World Clear Score Factor: 800

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J. World 9: Sinking Swamp
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Stage   Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----   ----   -------   -----------
9-1     1:00      69        1600<
9-2     0:20      29        1700<
9-3     1:00      51        1800<
9-4     1:00      27        1900<
9-5     1:00      21        2000<
9-6     1:00      24        2100<
9-7     1:00      26        2200<
9-8     0:30       8        2300<
9-9     1:00      35         160<*
Bonus 9 1:00      50        2400<*

World Clear Score Factor: 900

*Notice the anomaly in the Stage Scores here--it appears the programmers
swapped the two by accident.

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K. World 10: Ultra Heaven
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Stage    Time   Bananas   Stage Score
-----    ----   -------   -----------
10-1     1:00      73        2500<
10-2     1:00      40        2600<
10-3     1:00      51        2700<
10-4     1:00      69        2800<
10-5     1:00      74        2900<
10-6     2:00      92        3000<
10-7     2:00      34        3100<
10-8     1:00      33        3200<
10-9     1:00      39         250<*
Bonus 10 1:00      50        3300<*

World Clear Score Factor: 1000

*Again, the two values appear to be reversed by accident.

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V. Acknowledgements
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*  Sega -- Of course, this guide would be impossible without them having made
   the game to write about.
*  GameFAQs -- They gave a home to this guide.
*  Ricardo Alvarez (SuperYoshiMaster) -- He indirectly gave me some ideas on
   how to format this guide.
*  Brian Ehlert (Tsunekazu) -- He pointed out that the banana count on stage 6-8
   was incorrect. Also, I made reference to his Hidden Bananas Guide.

Anybody else who contributes to this guide in the future will be credited here.

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VI. FAQs
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Below are some questions that some might have...

Q. Why don't you have descriptions of every level in here?
A. This is considered an "in-depth" FAQ. In this case, it focuses on the
scoring system of the game. There are a number of fantastic general guides
available, though. Check them out.

Q. Why aren't the hidden banana totals in the guide?
A. Admittedly, this may have improved it a bit, but I didn't want to
continually cross-reference Tsunekazu's guide.

Q. Why is that number incorrect?
A. Hm? Which one? Please tell me through my contacts section if something is
incorrect in the guide.

Q. What's the point of including the allotted time, the number of bananas, and
the Clear Score for every level?
A. As stated earlier, it makes it easier for people to balance out the number
of points they'll get if they try different level-completing strategies.

Q. Was that last question really necessary if you had already answered it
earlier in the guide?
A. No.

Q. So, you're running out of useful questions?
A. Yes.

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VII. Contacts
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I, CaliginousMind, can be reached at nicklegends [at] yahoo.com. Please do not
hesitate to offer a suggestion for the guide or correct a mistake of mine.

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VIII. Legal Stuffaroo
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This guide was written entirely by me, Edward Foley, and so I have a natural
copyright on it. Do not use any part of it anywhere without my permission,
which you can seek by following the address in the Contacts section. This guide
is only to be posted at GameFAQs.com, with no exceptions unless they are added
in a later update.

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IX. Version Updates
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Version 1.12, 2/12/07 - Fixed the date in header.
Version 1.11, 2/11/07 - Corrected 6-8 banana total, fixed note about bananas
                        not counting in bonus levels, credited Brian Ehlert.
Version 1.10, 1/15/07 - Minor formatting updates; added this section to index.
Version 1.00, 1/14/07 - Guide Begun. All Worlds present, but possible mistakes.