Admittedly, the graphics in Super Monkey Ball Deluxe don't feel as crisp as they did when they first arrived on the GameCube. Sega has done some work to include a few new special effects, but these efforts are overlooked by aliasing, certain muddiness to the game's overall look, and noticeable frame rate problems on the PlayStation 2 version of Deluxe. Also, as a minor aside, Monkey Ball veterans will probably notice that the Dole branding has been stripped from the bananas that litter the game. This is quite probably one of the very few occasions when ubiquitous product placement is actually missed.
It doesn't pop quite like it used to, but Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is still a great package.
If you're looking for a break from the skull-splitting difficulty of the single-player game, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe features an awesome array of multiplayer options as well. All 12 multiplayer minigames that have appeared in previous Monkey Balls are included in Deluxe, and unlike in past Monkey Balls, they're all immediately playable out of the box. The variety of the action matches the sheer quantity of minigames, and though some certainly have more lasting appeal than others, you're bound to find something that appeals to you here.
The biggest factor working against Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is the time between the original GameCube releases of the Super Monkey Ball games and their consolidated latter-day arrival on the Xbox and PlayStation 2. There are probably a few tweaks that would've made Super Monkey Ball Deluxe a more attractive package, such as enhanced graphics or online play, but the biggest help would've been if it had come out about two years earlier.