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Super Monkey Ball creator says his aim was to make a game that was "simple to play and low cost to make"

The recipe for success

The Super Monkey Ball franchise started on the GameCube, and ended up being much bigger than SEGA expected. That first entry spawned numerous mainline entries, spin-offs, and more. Pretty amazing for a game with such a simple idea!

In an interview with SEGA's Toshihiro Nagoshi, we hear about the mission statement Nagoshi had for the game. It was the combination of two main elements that paved the way for the classic we love.

“Monkey Ball has been around for a long time since Daytona and at that time I was already planning and making various other games. As technology advances, how to play games become more and more complicated. If we talk a little about business, development costs were gradually increasing. In some ways it can’t be helped, but especially arcade games were essentially more intuitive and were made in a way to play easily and have a more fun time. Such an approach is essential, and the number of such games was gradually decreasing. If we were to feel sad about that, then there are only 2 ways to go. I wanted to pursue a game that was simple to play and low cost to make, and that was what I thought about. In the end, I didn’t think with Daytona that it would go beyond the arcades to the consumer and be played for more than 10 to 20 years.”

Cover art for Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack revealed

Time to announce this, SEGA!

While SEGA is yet to officially reveal Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack, we already know it's on the way. We saw a few retail listings for the games, and now those retailers are adding the above cover art. Expect this title to be officially announced soon, as it should be released sometime in October 2020.

Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack looks to be heading to Switch

SEGA doubles down on Double Packs

Just last week, we found out that Sonic Mania and Team Sonic Racing would be getting a 'Double Pack' release on Switch. Looks like that's not the only new Double Pack on the way, as another listing has been spotted on GameFly's site.

According to GameFly's listing, SEGA is going to be releasing a Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack as well. Their listing includes an Oct. 31st, 2020 release date, which is most likely placeholder, but it doesn't include a price. If we're basing things on the other Double Pack, expect this one to cost $40.

GoNintendo Video - My Parents Play: Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD

Top banana

Parents Play came back last week, but we missed out on the face cam. This time around, the show is back in full force!

My Mom and Dad check out Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD in what might be the longest edited episode in the entire series! 13+ hours of work resulted in this feature, which I certainly hope you enjoy. I think it came out pretty alright!

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD updated to Version 1.03

Monkeying around

SEGA has released an update for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. The update brings the game up to Version 1.03, and it includes the following tweaks.

- fixes a timer reset issue in Time Attack mode
- new confirmation message at certain points
- improved camera display

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD "Happy Holidays!" promo

Time to monkey around

The cast behind Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD would like to wish you all happy holidays! Pick up Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam now!

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Original Soundtrack now available to stream/purchase in Japan and Europe

Monkey around with these tunes

SEGA has released the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Original Soundtrack on various platforms. You can stream it today on Apple Music, Spotify, LINE MUSIC, amazon music unlimited, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, KKBOX, AWA, RecMusic, and dBeats, or you can download on iTunes, amazon Music, Google Play Music, RecoChoku, and mora. Check out more details on the soundtrack below.

- Single tracks: 150 Yen (regular quality) / 200 Yen (HQ)
- Album: 2,000 Yen (regular quality) / 3,000 Yen (HQ)

Track list

Landing On A New Island!
Mysterious bird
BEGINNER SHOT
Jungle maze
Freezing paradise
Yeti
Khafre’s Trials
Desert dinosaur
Sea grave
Mollusk king
EXPERT BOAT
Annoying diva
Lava paradise
WHEEL
Cosmic corridor
General Nikarsa
Swamps Of Side Chain
skies
Bonus!
Excited Race
BEGINNER BOAT
BASEBALL SELECTOR
MONKEY TARGET
EXPERT SHOT
SMALL WAR

Solving the mystery of Super Monkey Ball's announcer

Ready? GO!

Did you know that the original announcer from Super Monkey Ball and its sequel isn't credited in the game? The silly voice that narrated much of the game's action is ingrained in the minds of many fans, which has lead to some wondering just who was behind it. Turns out getting the answer isn't that easy! Set aside some time to watch the above mini-doc about trying to hunt down the man who recorded those lines. I watched the whole thing, and I promise it's worth your time!

Official Super Monkey Ball Japanese Twitter account shows off 'Super Monkey Cube' gameplay

It's hip to be square

The official Super Monkey Ball Japanese Twitter account shared the above video, which is pretty cut-and-dry. We're looking at Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD, but instead of the usual ball we're all used to, Aiai is trapped inside of a cube. What in the world is going on here? Is SEGA teasing some new content down the road? Is this an unlockable in the game that we're unaware of?

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD's success could pave the way for remakes of the first two games, or a new installment

Just give me the original Monkey Target, damnit!

It's nice to see the Monkey Ball series getting some love from SEGA, even if it is a remake. SEGA has already shared why they decided to tackle a remake of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, but many fans have been wondering if more could be in the works. In an interview with Crunchroll, SEGA's Masao Shirosaki says there could indeed be some more Monkey Ball action on the way, but it all depends on the sales of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD.

...I am aware that the most favored titles are the first two games. If there is enough support for Banana Blitz HD, this will open up doors for remaking the first two games or even a whole new title to the series. But for now, I’d be happy if everyone has fun playing Banana Blitz HD.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

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