Update: More details and an official trailer have been released for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. It seems this particular Monkey Ball, an update of the Wii original, will be dropping on 29th October, two days earlier than previously mentioned by Famitsu in the original story below.
The game will come with updated visuals (obviously) as well as a new mini-game mode and controls optimised on a per-platform basis. It'll be priced at £34.99 / $39.99 at launch.
Here are the details from the official blurb:
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is Back in HD: Originally released on the Wii in 2006, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD reinvigorates the original game with 100 single-player stages, 10 multi-player mini-games, revamped control schemes, updated graphics, and more.
Online Leaderboards: A first for the series, players can now compete with others around the world through online leaderboards for single-player Time Attack and the all-new Mini-Game Decathalon Score Attack modes.
No Monkey Business – Play Your Way: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. With uniquely optimized control schemes for each platform, everyone from first-time rollers to world-record holders can jump right in to the fun!
There's not much to go on, with full details coming in the issue of the Japanese magazine coming out on Thursday 18th July, but it's confirmed the game will feature "additional functions" and is arriving on 31st October on Switch (and PS4). Famitsu did publish these screenshots, though, so prepare to bask in the glory of those patented Sega colours and blue skies:
It certainly looks pretty, but in all honesty we're a little disappointed that we're getting the uninspiring Wii game as opposed to one of the mighty GameCube iterations, but perhaps the dodgy controls will be sorted out for this new version. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for more details as they come to light.
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