Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble is coming to the Switch on June 25th, 2024, and it’s the first brand-new Monkey Ball game in quite some time. As a matter of fact, the last brand-new mainline entry in the series was Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz on the Vita back in 2012! Wondering why its taken so long to get a fresh installment in the series? Well, SEGA has an answer for you.

The Super Monkey Ball franchise has been living on remakes and remasters for years now, but Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble is about to break that trend. In an interview with Game Informer, producer Nobuhiro Suzuki explained why fans have had to wait so long to see something new from the series.

We believe this is the result of a combination of factors. Whether it was due to development resources being refocused towards other large titles, the creators leaving the company, sales numbers, and more, the SMB development line disappeared and there was a period of time when production came to a halt. However, after releasing two remakes, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD in 2019 and Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania in 2021, and after receiving positive feedback from our fans, we decided to release a completely new title, Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble. We hope fans are excited to play this first brand new entry in over a decade!

[Producer Nobuhiro Suzuki]

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