Yakuza: Kazuma Kiryu joins the gang in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania

Banana Mania Kazuma Kiryu

Every once in a while, a person will unwittingly set things in motion. Today, I found out I am one of those individuals. When we found out Sonic and Tails were coming to Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, I hoped someone from the Yakuza series would make an appearance. Sega must have been listening because it announced Kazuma Kiryu is officially a character in Banana Mania.

It’s hilarious to watch Kiryu fumble his way through Banana Mania’s courses

Here is the official announcement trailer from Sega of America:

Look at how cute chibi Kiryu is! And he picks up bottles of Staminan X instead of bananas! That’s a great touch.

As Sega states in the video’s description, Kazuma Kiryu will be a free unlockable in all versions of Banana Mania, including Nintendo Switch. Hey Sega, port the Yakuza series to the hybrid console. It would literally print money. Also, do it so Kiryu can be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Enthusiasts, are you excited to see Kiryu rolling around in Banana Mania? Who else do you expect to see added to the roster? Let us know your thoughts on his inclusion, as well as whether or not I’m a psychic, in the comment section below.


Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.