Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania brings the long-lost Super Monkey Ball and Super Monkey Ball 2 back into the spotlight with refreshing updates and enhancements, including, as we learned yesterday from the official series Twitter account, 60 frames per second on Switch and optional gyro controls. You can see the announcement for yourself in the embedded tweet below.
The Nintendo Switch version of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will feature gyroscopic controls! ?
— Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall) July 27, 2021
The early Super Monkey Ball games heavily rely on perfect reflexes and precision, so a smooth, consistent framerate is a must. Gyro controls have an uglier history in the series – one of the main selling points of Banana Blitz HD for many players was the prospect of playing it without motion controls – but it’s nice to see that they’re available for those who would like to try them.
60 FPS and gyro controls aren’t what will make or break Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, but combined with all of the other little tidbits we’ve gleaned about the game, such as a fast restart option, optional jumping, an “Evil Banana” mode, and more, makes the compilation almost seem too good to be true. Sega doesn’t exactly have a habit of treating this series right, but Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania looks to be our long-awaited refresh for the series. Here’s hoping that that’s the case. This franchise has suffered a lot over the years, and after 2019’s announcement that the series would break its hiatus with a remake of the lukewarm Banana Blitz, it was hard to even conceive of a Sega that knew how to make the series’ fans happy, but now, that isn’t such a crazy thought.