Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD will be ‘battle of wits’ between player & dev

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD interview wits speedrunning

Sega recently announced the upcoming Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, which will release on Nintendo Switch in October. Two of the game’s developers, Toshihiro Nagoshi and Masao Shirosaki, recently talked about the game in an interview with Famitsu, which Nintendo Everything has translated. Nagoshi is Sega’s chief creative officer and a supervisor for the title. Shirosaki is the game’s producer and director.

In the interview, Nagoshi and Shirosaki talked a little about the history of the Super Monkey Ball series. They also went over their roles in the development of the new game. Of course, some of the most exciting information of the interview involves what we can expect from this upcoming remake.

The main mode in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD will feature 100 courses. As a result, developers have made sure that the game is well-balanced and scales appropriately throughout the game. While the game’s earliest levels will be used to teach the basics, later levels will feature multiple difficult obstacles. This newest Super Monkey Ball title will truly be easy to pick up and difficult to master. Of course, each level has been re-optimized for the Nintendo Switch.

However, players will have more than one way to overcome each obstacle. Developers are not worried about glitches in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, so long as they are not game-breaking. Therefore, players can find creative ways to get through each level, even ones that are not “technically correct.”

This news is fantastic for SMB speedrunners, who often find unexpected routes to the finish line. Shirosaki described this as a “battle of wits between the player and developer.” The depth of this upcoming game means even some developers may be unaware of every path to victory.


Super Monkey Ball speedrunning and other details about Banana Blitz HD

Those who speedrun Super Monkey Ball will certainly enjoy the new Time Attack Mode in Banana Blitz HD. The game will also feature leaderboards, ranking players based on their speed. Because of this mode, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD can be both a casual and competitive experience

The upcoming game will further feature a new Decathlon Mode. In this challenge, players will face the task of winning 10 minigames in a row. This mode takes minigames from the original game, which were exclusively multiplayer, and turns them into a fun single-player experience. Decathlon Mode will also include hidden features that developers have not yet revealed.


Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes esports news articles for Daily Esports.