Alongside several other publishers eager to create a presence on the iPad’s App Store early in its lifespan, Sega have ported the iPhone edition of Super Monkey Ball 2 to the device.
Exclusive to the iPad version is a multiplayer survival mini-game called “Monkey Base,” where 4 people play on a single iPad and fire orbs at each other. Sakura Edition also includes 10 new levels and is priced at $12.99 (or $9.99 if you buy it this week).
It should be interesting to see how much more expensive games will be on the iPad as compared to the iPhone, once developers find the right balance between price and content. The thought of a game priced at $12.99 on the iPhone is almost unthinkable at this stage in its life, but the iPad requires greater development resources and has great potential for multiplayer on the same device, which could very well go on to become its defining genre, as it lends itself well to word-of-mouth.