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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (known as Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball 1&2 Remake in Japan) is a video game in the Super Monkey Ball Series, which released on October 5th, 2021 on Nintendo Switch[1], Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PCs (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. It is a remake of Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2 and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe with additional features.

Announcement

The game was announced during the 2021 E3 Nintendo Direct, which took place June 15th, 2021.

Leaks

On the 15th of April 2021, the Australian Classification Board gave a PG rating to a new installment titled Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania.[2] On the 10th of June 2021, the Brazilian advisory ratings board listed a game by the same name.[3] On the 14th of June 2021, box art for the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch versions of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania were seemingly leaked online, in addition to five screenshots of the game.[4]

Features

The game features stages from Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe remade in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD's engine. The monkeys appear in their modern designs, and the artstyle is largely based on Banana Blitz HD, with the user interface and menu designs also being based off of said game.

SMB Banana Mania menu 1

SMB Banana Mania menu 2

SMB Banana Mania menu 3

Added Features

This game adds many new features not found in the original games, aside from the remade graphics.

  • All eight characters are now voiced by Noriko Hidaka, Seiki Toshihiko, and Koichi Yamadera.
  • YanYan and Doctor, who were introduced in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz; Jam, who was introduced in Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll; and Jet, who debuted in Super Monkey Ball 3D, have been added as additional characters. However, Jam and Jet are unlockable.
    • Sonic and Tails, in their classic form, were leaked as playable characters upon the game's announcement,[5] and were officially teased at the end of the "Meet the Gang" trailer.[6] The characters were officially confirmed as playable on August 11th, 2021.[7]
    • Beat from Jet Set Radio appears as an unlockable playable character.
    • Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza series appears as an unlockable playable character.[8]
    • The Game Gear, Sega Saturn, and the Dreamcast all appear as playable characters through DLC, or through purchasing the Digital Deluxe Edition.
    • Morgana from Persona 5 appears as a playable character through DLC.
    • Sanrio's Hello Kitty appears as a guest character through DLC.
    • Suezo from Koei Tecmo's Monster Rancher franchise appears as a guest character through DLC.
  • New assist options are available. Many of them disable scoring for online leaderboards:
  • The story mode from Super Monkey Ball 2/Deluxe returns, with the cutscenes being presented in a new, simplified, comic book style format.
  • Ranking Challenge has been added for both the main game and party games.
  • Many customization items can be purchased, including hats, glasses, masks, shirts, shoes, and ball designs. These are only compatible with the six main monkeys in their default costumes.
  • A Reverse Mode, in which the player must complete a selection of 10 stages in reverse.
  • A Dark Banana Mode, in which the player must clear 10 stages while avoiding rotten bananas.
  • A Golden Banana Mode, in which the player must collect all the bananas across 10 stages. Goals have been omitted from this mode.
    • Completing this mode unlocks Golden AiAi as an alternate appearance for AiAi.
  • An Original Stage Mode, which collects 23 stages and presents them in their original, unaltered forms from the original games.
  • The ability to control the camera has been added.
  • Photo Mode has been added.
  • Additionally, three special Render Modes (Sepia, Noir, and Toy) are available as unlockables. These renders add image filters to the gameplay.
  • A Retry button has been added to Practice Mode[12].
  • An option to skip stages has been added.
  • The lives system has been removed.

Characters

Characters in bold appear in the Main Game and Party Games. Characters not in bold appear only in the Main Game.

Main Game

The Main Game features every stage from Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe with some stages being altered a bit. There are six different main modes.

Stages

A list of all the stages that appear in Special Mode can be found below.

Main article: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania/Stages

Party Games

Ranking Challenge

Main article: Ranking Challenge

Main Game Time Attack

Party Game Score Attack

Costumes

Main article: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania/Costumes

Headwear

Clothing

Shoes

Ball

Animations

Gallery

Main article: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania/Gallery

Trivia

  • Unlike Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, stages in Challenge Mode are now separated not just by difficulty, but also by which game in which they appeared, resulting in two of each difficulty, with the stages from Super Monkey Ball Deluxe being given their own mode. [13]
  • Unlike other games in the series, "Beginner" mode is referred to as "Casual." [14]
  • Jam and Jet share the same victory animations as AiAi.
  • This is the first Super Monkey Ball game with a female announcer since the Japanese versions of Super Monkey Ball 2 and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. This is also the first Super Monkey Ball game where it has a female announcer outside of Japan.
    • While the female announcer is in the main game, the male announcer is also in the party games too.

Reception

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania has received generally positive reviews. It received a 76 out of 100 for the Nintendo Switch version, a 76 out of 100 for the PlayStation 5 version, and a 76 out of 100 for the Xbox Series X version.

References

External Links

Super Monkey Ball Games
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Home Console Super Monkey BallSuper Monkey Ball 2DeluxeAdventureBanana BlitzStep & RollBanana Blitz HDBanana Mania
Handheld Jr.N-GageTouch & RollAdventure3DBanana Splitz
Mobile SEGA Monkey BallAiAi's FunhouseN-GageMini GolfBowlingJ-PhoneTip 'n TiltTip 'n Tilt 2MobileiOSiOS 2 (Sakura) • Uki-Uki SeesawBounce
PC Banana Blitz HDBanana Mania
Flash SMB1 MiniSMB2 MiniDisco BallBanana Blitz Mini
Cancelled Super Monkey Ball 3: Banana Crazy
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