Today SEGA released another update for its popular iPhone game Super Monkey Ball, available in the App Store for $9.99. Version 1.01 features an interactive tutorial, instructions and the function to suspend the game by pressing the ‘Home’ button. TUAW claims that SEGA has also improved the game’s controls.
As promised, the “dead zone” where the ball stops moving altogether is larger, and movement overall has become less erratic.
Super Monkey Ball from SEGA is one of the best iPhone games out there, but it’s pretty hard for people who aren’t familiar with the Super Monkey Ball series. The game has already sold over 300,000 copies and will now get an update that will make the game a little easier reports MTV Multiplayer. After running this update you should have more grip on the controls and you should be able to tweak the ‘dead zone’. The dead zone is the orientation at which you could hold the iPhone to stop moving. SEGA hasn’t confirmed this patch yet.
The Wall Street Journal recently had an interview with Apple’s Steve Jobs. He told WSJ that users have downloaded more than 60 million applications from the App Store in the first month. Most of these apps were free, but the total of sales so far was $30 million in the first month, so that makes an average of $1 million a day. Games account for more than 25% of all sales with 300,000 sales of SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball in the first 20 days. 300,000 times Super Monkey Ball priced at $9.99 gives SEGA a nice $3 million in sales so far.
“That’s a substantial business,” says Simon Jeffery, president of Sega’s U.S. division. “It gives iPhone a justifiable claim to being a viable gaming platform.”
SEGA seems to be very happy with the sales of their popular Super Monkey Ball game for the iPhone so they will certainly develop more games for the iPhone in the future.