Menu

Sega Announces Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

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.

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.

0 comments

1 Pings/Trackbacks for "Sega Announces Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD"
  1. […] You can turn those frowns upside down as Sega has just released a video giving us a first-hand look of the new game and its controls. This game was rumored to be remastered and officially announced last month. Check out our article here. […]

Leave a Reply

Newsletter

Yakuza protagonist glaring at the camera in a crowded street

Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 Remasters Announced for PlayStation 4

Sega just shadow-dropped Yakuza 3 on PlayStation 4 today, with 4 and 5 remasters releasing months afterwards. By February 2020, all mainline Yakuza games will be readily available on PSN. On October…

August 20, 2019, 5
Promo image for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Classic 2D Events Coming to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

After a three year breather (which now seems to be the common pace for the Olympic Games series), Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will unite polarized…

August 20, 2019, 23
Logo for Gamescom Opening Night Live on a purple background

Gamescom: Opening Night Live Round-Up

Gamescom: Opening Night Live just aired and there’s quite a bit to talk about. Hosted by the creator of the Game Awards Geoff Keighley, the stream featured a number of…

August 19, 2019, 75

Sony Interactive Entertainment Acquires Insomniac Games

[UPDATE] Further information has emerged concerning Sony’s acquisition of Insomniac Games. All of Insomniac’s owned non-Sony exclusive IP, which include Sunset Overdrive, Fuse, Song of the Deep, Edge of Nowhere, and…

August 19, 2019, 71
Promotional image showing off new games coming to xbox game pass

Gamescom: Inside Xbox Round-Up 08/19

Xbox kicks off its Gamescom 2019 with an Inside Xbox live conference, showing off some new footage for upcoming titles. Over the 40 minutes the stream ran for, a ton…

August 19, 2019, 93
Nintendo's Indi World Presentation Title Screen

Nintendo’s Indie World Round Up 8/19

Nintendo kicked off the Gamescom announcements this year with ‘Indie World’, a bite-sized Nintendo Direct style video to show off some of the best indie games heading to Switch later…

August 19, 2019, 95
Rainbow Road as seen in Mario Kart 8

Nine Tracks I’d like in Mario Kart 9

I’m a big fan of Mario Kart 8, and with Crash Bandicoot and Sonic getting racing games this summer, I can’t help but hope for a Mario Kart 9 on the horizon. In no…

August 16, 2019, 210
Gary Whitta

Halo 5 Writer Gary Whitta Announced as PAX West Keynote Speaker

Gary Whitta, writer for games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Halo 5: Guardians, and Prey and movies like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli, and After…

August 15, 2019, 112
Dead Island 2 Saints Row 5

Dead Island 2 Changes Developers, Saint’s Row V Coming Says THQ Nordic

THQ Nordic will be busy with some old series likely over the next couple of years. In a press release to investors, the company announced not only that development of…

August 14, 2019, 134
Title screen for Plants vs Zombies Battle for Neighborville

Plants Vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville Trailer Leak + Switch Version Rumored

Man, what is it with Plants vs Zombies and leaks? Last week, screenshots of a new PvZ game were leaked, then a few days later the official title of the…

August 13, 2019, 260