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Archive for October 23rd, 2012


Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Available This Week!

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

SEGA is proud to announce the launch of the ballistic Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz is arriving exclusively on the PlayStation Vita! In North America Banana Splitz is available today, while in Europe, fans can pick up the game on October 26th!

Players will join AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon and Baby on another grand adventure through time, space and texture! Over 100 levels of bumpers, jumps and humps will test your skills with the sphere.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Fan favorite party mode games like Monkey Target and Monkey Bowling round out an impressive collection of competitive multiplayer challenges! Taking full advantage of the unique PS VITA features like the rear touchpad, camera, accelerometer and more, Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz is the ultimate puzzle experience for Sony’s handheld device.

The Super Monkey Ball Musical Begins Today!

We’re toe-tapping-ly excited for the release of Super Monkey Ball, so toe-tapping-ly excited we’re throwing down the musical gauntlet and singing our hearts out! See the first episode in a three part trilogy in Super Monkey Ball – The Musical!

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For more information on Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz, visit


Ten Years on the High Seas: Happy Anniversary to Puzzle Pirates!

Puzzle Pirates - 10 Year Anniversary

Ten years — was there even an internet ten years ago? Computers? The wheel? Cars? It is literally too long ago for anyone alive today to remember, a time lost to myth, and internet access that was charged on an hourly basis. We don’t know what it was like back then in the Long Before, but we do know one thing.

There were boats.

Not just any boats, mind. Boats governed by pirates — pirates with predilections for puzzles.


“Yarrr”, you might say. “Get to the point or taste the steel o’me cutlass!” And right you’d be to say that, even though the blog headline … I mean, it’s right up there!

Okay, here we go: Congratulations to our partners at Three Rings for celebrating the 10-year Anniversary of ‘Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates‘!

Puzzle Pirates - 10 Year Anniversary

Puzzle Pirates - 10 Year Anniversary

As a feat of magnificent derring-do, this probably can’t be understated. How many games — particularly an online game created by an independent start-up right at the crush of the dot-com boom — can say they’ve made it ten years? And yet here we are, talking with piratey swagger about an online game that has existed since — and I haven’t researched this but I am sure I’m right — before telephones.

It helps that the game is infectiously fun — the appeal of both puzzles and pirates, after all, is forever. It helps that a dedicated team of workers effectively said “yes, let’s stake our livelihood on the success of this video game about ships and puzzles.” Puzzle Pirates: I beam with pride at you, and raise a glass of hearty grog in your direction:


If you can coax an MMORPG through a decade of ups and downs, including a shift from subscription to free-to-play way before that was something all the cool kids started doing, then I think that’s some significant booty.

But don’t take my word for it. Here — er, I mean, Avast! Click here to read the official Puzzle Pirates blog, where Daniel James, co-founder/Captain of Three Rings, shares some of his thoughts on this milestone.

Finally, let’s close with a video taken from a recent party at the Three Rings headquarters — a pirate-themed party, naturally (it is possible they dress this way normally, I’m not sure, it’s a pretty awesome office, which, yes, that’s a model of the TARDIS. I think it is fully functional, too).

Anyway, this was to celebrate the decade anniversary of the game — what else is there to say after ten years? Well, why don’t you watch and see …

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