SEGA Europe today announced the development of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, which will bring SEGA's popular arcade series to the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox for the first time. The new title will feature 300 stages (114 from Super Monkey Ball, 140 from Super Monkey Ball 2, and 46 Deluxe-exclusive boards), and will be available in spring 2005.

"Super Monkey Ball has been a favourite amongst gamers since its introduction on the Nintendo GameCube in 2001," said Mike Hayes, Managing Director, SEGA Europe Ltd. "The Super Monkey Ball franchise offers a rich universe, full of interesting characters and levels. It is with great pleasure that we can now make this unique accessible franchise available to gamers across all platforms."

In addition to new stages, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe will offer a new Challenge mode, integrating varying skill settings (Beginner, Advanced, and Expert) into one fluid ramp up, rather than breaking them out as independent gameplay sections. There will also be additional stages in the story mode. All twelve of the party games from Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2 are also to be included along with 6 new games.