Last week in a discovery on the Taiwanese Ratings Board, a new listing emerged that detailed a new title for Super Monkey Ball is planned to hit store shelves at a later date. Unsure of when it might arrive or what the title might be left many to expect the game to be a new installment in the series as the last major flagship game dropped on the Nintendo Wii back in Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll.
Shortly following the finding the same listing then appeared on another Ratings Board this time in Korea: leaving the implication that a reveal for the game is inbound to drop sometime within the coming weeks. Leading to today as Sega has revealed that the listing is a HD release Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz.
On top of the excitement that a new game from the nostalgic series will be dropping, especially when looking at the Switch, fan however felt underwhelmed as the choice for the game to be reworked for current consoles. Though the series does hold high for the most part, many would expect titles like the original Super Monkey Ball or the follow-up sequel for the GameCube over the 2006 Wii title.
One interesting thing that was also revealed from the announcement that was not disclosed in the previous listing is that the game is also coming to Microsoft’s Xbox One as well. Previously, the listing only read to be available for PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
Seeing that the game hosts over 100 levels along with 50 different mini games for players to experience, the HD iteration of the game will only smooth out some of the rough edges of the 13 year-old title. Despite the game’s initial exclusivity to the Nintendo Wii, Sega has yet to detail what platforms will be supported with motion controls and other features that some hardware holds unique to their system.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 29, 2019.