Twitter user @New__WabiSabi, a leaker recently in the news for receiving a cease and desist pertaining to their leaking activity during E3, has been reporting one, possibly two new Super Monkey Ball games coming soon. They are stating that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is one game, and they personally believe that Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball will be its own new title. I have… thoughts… on this, should it be true, but first, let’s review Sabi’s tweets explaining the rumors, embedded below.
The announcement of a new Super Monkey Ball game would hardly be surprising at this point, and the same goes for a Banana Blitz remake–there have been multiple trademarks filed in the last few months–one for Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball back in May, and one for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz in June. Just a few days ago, Tabegoro! appeared again, this time because the game received a rating in Taiwan. A lot of smoke is billowing with this franchise, and if Sabi is right, the fire will reveal itself before long.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD would be the first main entry in the series since 2012’s Banana Splitz on Vita. A remake is a decent idea for a return; after the series got derailed by gimmicks that made so many average-at-best entries, nostalgia from one of the good games could draw people back in. Banana Blitz is an odd choice, though. It was a good game, sure, but did not match its predecessors. I’ve spoken before about what needs to be done with these games moving forward: a full reset back to the simple mechanics that made Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 great. Banana Blitz had reasonably fun marble-rolling levels, but it also had several of the series’s missteps that became common afterward, like low-quality minigames and abandoned single-player features. If this rumor is true, and assuming it’s not actually two or three games in one, Sega has chosen Banana Blitz over 1 and 2 as the best way to reintroduce the franchise, and that’s a great start, but it leaves me worried for Tabegoro! and the future of the series in general.