After five years of silence, the Super Monkey Ball franchise is back, in a rather strange way. Once a Wii launch title, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is returning to Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC on October 29th, 2019, as the first Super Monkey Ball game available for consoles in nine years. Hardly the most remembered Super Monkey Ball title, perhaps Banana Blitz can catch a second wind sans motion controls and given an HD makeover. Banana Blitz is arguably the last wholly authentic Super Monkey Ball title, housing neither the more traditional 3D platforming of Super Monkey Ball Adventure before it nor the balance board experimentation of Step & Roll after.
We’re not monkeying around, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD lands on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 29, 2019, with a Steam release planned for Winter 2019!https://t.co/9B9ROhjB9D pic.twitter.com/ldNkFjPPxa
— SEGA (@SEGA) July 16, 2019
You could have a much worse introduction (or reintroduction) to the gyroscopic puzzle platforming that distinguishes Super Monkey Ball than through Banana Blitz HD. At its best, the franchise always required a degree of finesse that I felt motion controls could never truly offer, making me reasonably interested in giving Banana Blitz HD another whirl. Banana Blitz also launched with a gauntlet of minigames that emphasized motion control to a greater degree than the core gameplay. Should they be carried over to the HD remaster, it’ll no doubt be interesting to see how they control on consoles and PC.
The Super Monkey Ball franchise isn’t quite like any other, with a hybrid of Katamari‘s whimsical tone with upgraded Marble Madness mechanics. Though Super Monkey Ball 2 would be my first pick for the primates in their prime, Banana Blitz HD should be an intuitive way to experience the franchise’s distinct charm. It also opens up the possibility of a new title in the franchise, sorely missed with the modern day’s lack of rolling platformers. The announcement trailer provides only the intro cinematic, now presented in crisp high definition, but is a more than tantalizing enough appetizer for the return of the series. Perhaps I’ll now be able to beat it with 13 more years of experience and Dualshock in hand.
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