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The trailer shows some of the returning levels from past games in the franchise, including Jungle Island, Bubbly Washing Machine, and Dr. Bad-Boon’s Space Colony.
Banana Mania will include more than 300 stages from the series’ 20-year history, chiefly Super Monkey Ball (2001), Super Monkey Ball 2 (2002), and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (2005), all remastered in HD for modern consoles. It will also pack in remakes of the series’ various mini-games, including Monkey Racing, Monkey Soccer, Monkey Bowling, and Monkey Baseball.
The series first appeared in Japanese arcades as simply ‘Monkey Ball‘ in 2001, before becoming a hit on Nintendo‘s GameCube later the same year. The series typically challenges players to roll one of its simian mascots – all-rounder AiAi, lighter MeeMee, super-light Baby, and heavyweight GonGon – around floating platforms, tilting the stages themselves to collect bananas and reach the goal, all without falling into the void below.
With a focus on multiplayer co-op and versus play, Super Monkey Ball became an early party game favourite and had more than 20 games released over its two decades of existence.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania’s existence leaked on June 15, when its Japanese box art appeared online ahead of the game’s official reveal.