Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD has a release date and a new trailer

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, which only got announced a few weeks ago, launches on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 29th, with the PC version scheduled to arrive on Steam in December.

The game is a revamped version of a title that came on out the Wii-U, and will now run at 1080p at 60fps with “optimised controls for each platform.” The motion controls found in the original title has been removed completely which seems a little odd as both the Switch and PS4 have motion controls in the standard controller.


The press release says the new tightened analog controls will make it “a breeze to jump in and start rolling through the game’s 100 levels,” and that’s probably true, levels designed for motion controls should be much easier to play with precise analogue controls so you may find yourself completing the game rather quickly.

Here’s some factoids:

  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is Back in HD: Originally released on the Wii in 2006, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD reinvigorates the original game with 100 single-player stages, 10 multi-player mini-games, revamped control schemes, updated graphics, and more.
  • Online Leaderboards: A first for the series, players can now compete with others around the world through online leaderboards for single-player Time Attack and the all-new Mini-Game Decathalon Score Attack modes.
  • No Monkey Business – Play Your Way: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. With uniquely optimized control schemes for each platform, everyone from first-time rollers to world-record holders can jump right in to the fun!

The orginal Wii version, which was also ported to the PlayStation Vita, has a score of 74 on Metacritic, a lot of the complaints were down to the forced use of motion controls so maybe the new version will score more favourably.

Source: YouTube / Press release

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