[Nintendo Switch] Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Preview
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania from Sega will launch on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5 on October 5, and we have a preview for you of the Nintendo Switch version. Come check it out!
Since Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania from Sega will be launching on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5 on October 5, it’s time to bring you a preview of the Nintendo Switch’s version of this 20th anniversary celebration. Some of you might be familiar with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio as the developer of the beloved Yakuza series – as well as of Judgment and its sequel, Lost Judgment – but did you know that the studio was formerly known as Amusement Vision? The studio developed many games between the Amusement Vision time, the New Entertainment R&D Dept. time, and then as Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. The studio worked on the original Monkey Ball arcade version, Super Monkey Ball and F-Zero GX on the Nintendo GameCube, Binary Domain, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown, and now Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania.
Since this game sets out to celebrate the series 20th anniversary, it presents a remastered take on the first three console games, which means there is a LOT to do in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. The content is split into the main game’s Story Mode and Challenge Modes, where you’ll get to play in more than 300 stages from Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. There is also the Party Games section, which includes 12 minigames to play with one to four players – some of which you can check in the trailer below.
You can also go and check the Ranking Challenge section, where you can aim to get the best clear time as you battle against players from all over the world. The Costumes section allows you to customize your characters with the stuff you buy with the points you obtain by playing the game – more on this in a bit. You can also review the Online Rankings to view the top scores from the best players in the world or go into the Gallery to browse replays and movies from the Main Game.
There’s also the Missions which will ask that you complete a variety of objectives in each of the different gameplay modes so that you can be rewarded with extra points you can use at the Point Shop. On that note, let’s talk about the Point Shop for a bit! At the Point Shop, you’ll get to spend your points to unlock a bunch of characters you can use in the Main Game and the Ranking Challenge. These include * takes a deep breath * Jam, Jet, Sonic, Tails, Kazuma Kiryu, Beat, C. AiAi, W. MeeMee, A. Baby, F. GonGon, P. YanYan, R. Doctor, and Baby Robo.
You can also purchase a bunch of hats, headphones, glasses, masks, face masks, shirts, shoes, roller skates, as well as colorful balls – including a soccer ball, a basketball, and a baseball! You can also buy frames and reactions to be used in Photo Mode when playing the Main Game. On top of all that, you can also unlock special modes such as Reverse Mode, Dark Banana Mode, Monochrome Mode, as well as unlocking the jump feature, which you’ll then be able to turn on or off from the options menu.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will be out on October 5, and we’ll be bringing you a review for the game ahead of its launch! Don’t forget that you can pre-order the game right now on Nintendo Switch for a $39.99 price, or go all-in and pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition from the Nintendo Switch eshop, which is priced at $49.99. The Digital Deluxe Edition will get you the main game, along with four days of early access, so that you can start playing on October 1st, the Classic Soundtrack Pack, the Customization Pack, the Sega Legends Pack, and the Classic Character Pack.
The Classic Soundtrack pack includes music tracks from the original Super Monkey Ball game. The Customization Pack will allow you to customize your characters with two hats, four shirts, two pairs of sneakers, and two skins for your Super Monkey ball. The Sega Legends Pack includes the SEGA Dreamcast, the SEGA Saturn, and the SEGA Game Gear. As for the Classic Character Pack, it will add extra character skins for AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, GonGon, YanYan, and Doctor. Each of these packs can also be bought on their own for $4.99 each, but you get a better deal with the Digital Deluxe Edition.
We’ll be bringing you our full review for Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania on September 29, so be sure to stick around at PS3Blog.net!
This Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania preview is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Sega.