A remaster of the Nintendo Wii's Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz might not have been my first (or even second or third) choice on the list of things Sega should do with this underutilized series in 2019, but hey, I'll take it. I'm far more inclined to play this game now that motion controls are out of the picture.
Expanding on what we saw in the announcement trailer, Sega has released some fresh gameplay footage of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDand noted a few more details about the remaster.
Somewhat surprisingly, Banana Blitz HD will have a physical release –on PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One – in addition to the digital launch on October 29, 2019. (A PC version is due this winter.)
Aside from the 1080p 60fps treatment, Sega is also promising "optimized controls for each platform" as well as online leaderboards for Time Attack and the new Mini-Game Decathlon Score Attack.
Speaking of which, the mini-games are being streamlined in a major way. In a press release, the company said there will only be "10 multiplayer mini-games," though we don't yet know which are locked in. That said, the original Wii version of Banana Blitz had 50 (!). There's plenty of room for cuts.
The fact that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDis coming in at $40 means I'll almost certainly pick it up at launch. I mean, I still have a GameCube hooked up for Super Monkey Ball. I'm in too deep.
Will we ever get a new game that lives up to Super Monkey Ball 1and 2? I'm not counting on it. As much of a bummer as it is to say, I feel the exact same way about the future prospects of Katamari Damacy.