Super Monkey Ball’s original announcer is not in Banana Mania, after all

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Brian Matt, the iconic voice behind the announcer in Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, stirred up series fans last year by claiming that he had recently reunited with Sega to provide announcer voicework for a brand new Super Monkey Ball game. Brian Matt provided details about the alleged game that implied a Sega desire to course-correct after the last few lackluster entries in the beloved marble-rolling franchise.

However, armed with their own copy of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, VGC has gone through the game’s credits and discovered that Brian Matt doe snot appear in the game’s credits at all. When they asked a spokesperson about this, VGC was told that “Brian Matt Uhl did not work on Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania and has not been involved with the Super Monkey Ball series for some time.” The credits instead show Angela Chubak and Mirai Patrick Sayama as announcers.

In looking at Brian Matt’s instagram, one finds evidence of a potential ongoing dispute between Sega and Matt, where Matt alleges that Sega is not paying or crediting foreign voice actors for their work (note that Matt was never credited for in the original games while other voice actors, such as those for the monkeys, were). Looking to old posts also shows multiple instances of Matt assuring fans that his voicework would appear in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. At this time, it is not entirely clear what, if anything, transpired between the parties (though, if Matt was ever involved, his loose comments about the series’ plans probably broke an NDA or fifty), but there seems to be enough bad blood to prevent the iconic Super Monkey Ball announcer voice from returning.


Nick Pearson
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