If you weren't already sold on Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, perhaps the news that Jet Set Radio's Beat is set to be a playable character will be enough to convince you to grab a pre-order.
That's right, the protagonist of Sega's graffiti-spraying, city-skating 2000 action hit will be rollin' right into the world of Monkey Ball this October. As Sega mentions in its announcement below, Beat will be included as a free, unlockable character from launch – it's sad that this kind of thing has to be explicitly explained these days, huh?
Sonic and Tails have also previously been confirmed to be playable, and paid DLC will also be available for the game, including one pack that actually lets you play as a Game Gear, Dreamcast, and Sega Saturn. Yes, games consoles inside balls collecting bananas. Welcome to 2021.
Are you happy at this latest Monkey Ball reveal? Will you be picking up the game when it launches on 5th October? Let us know in the comments.
Exciting because it makes me think they might release a 60fps (finally) version of Jet Grind Radio on Switch. or even better Jet Set Radio Future!
Sweet! Always thought Beat was a cool looking character and I haven't played Monkey Ball since the Gamecube.
Putting a human character in a Super Monkey Ball game feels wrong.
This is the smash Bros of monkey games
Cool, now add M O N K E
They seem to be suddenly aware of their audience for this game, which is nice after years of questionable choices.
If they can't make new Sega classics then bring back the old stuff
Beat seems like a fun addition!
We are this much closer to seeing Kiryu and/or Majima rolling around in a ball.
Given a choice between a Jet Set Radio remaster and a completely new game, what would everyone choose?
Love the Sega fanfare this game is getting.
Love it! …..it’s starting to appeal more so!
@Flashlink99 they could add Samba de Amigo as well, uma delicia
I am simply overjoyed with how they are treating this game. (COME ON, ALREADY, FIX THE ROLLING SFX! - It's bonkers them doing such a long marketing campaign with the odd random rolling 'bloop'. Granted, there might be some reasoning behind it (maybe turn it off to listen to the music or something?) and I'm just stuck in my ways...BUT STILL!)
I foresee a slew of Sega cameos for this now:
Sonic (possibly his entourage too)
Samba De Amigo
Chu Chu Rocket Mouse
A Puyo Pop rep.
Also it kinda looks like a Smash bros Mii fighter costume version of Beat!
Hey Sega, how about putting Mii’s in a Monkey Ball? I’d like that.
I'm already buying day one, stop tormenting me Sega! 😩 This wait is painful.
@60frames-please God, I hope so. That would be rad.
Pretty sad that we have to say that a character is going to be able to be unlocked through normal gameplay. Also this game looks awesome. Never played monkey ball before, but it looks like a blast.
It would be great if we got a new Jet Set Radio game. Sometimes I say crazy things, I know...
Beat needs to return to monke
I hope he doesn't take long to unlock.
Someone please remind me: aside from the sharper graphics and these little character add-ons, is there new content in this game or is it just a collection of the old ones?
Sega sometimes reminds me of Ubisoft. They put Sam Fisher in every game but his own, Sega does the same with their dormant franchises.
@gcunit So far it's a collection with tons of extra options (like tilt, characters, jump, slo-mo etc etc.) Basically, everything a remake should be, without losing the soul of the original.
@Supahfly Unfortunately, for every gaming enthusioast on a website that cheers at a character, there are 1000s of general folk asking 'who?'
God this remake is seriously looking fantastic. So many small details that fans of the series have been wanting for years!
Omg, hope it's a hint that something Jet Set Radio related is coming. Following Sonic Mania and Super Monkey Ball Mania... Jet Set Radio Mania?!
Unlockable in game! it is a miracle!
Those monkeys are evolving fast.
I love new characters, but are they all purely aesthetic? Like does Sonic go faster or anything like that?
Regardless, what I hope we hear to come for the game is new courses in the classic style beyond everything in Deluxe. Even if that's DLC, classic Monkey Ball is what the people want, so I really hope they're considering adding more.
Okay, now I want Ulala, Nights, Amigo, and Billy Hatcher to join as well.
I need this game right now, I can't wait anymore! <3
I glanced at the article title and image and got all excited that maybe a new Jet Radio game was coming. Or even a remake bundle of the first two. ^_^
@Ogbert Billy Hatcher should be outside of the ball pushing it.
I've only played Monkey Ball Junior o GBA. I loved it, but never got to play any other game in the series. Always wanted to pick up 2 though. I might get this.
Next thing you know, they bring out some left-field crossover with Nintendo like they did with Sonic Lost World. Inklings and Octolings in this game would make sense, yet feel wrong.
@GrailUK Way to go adding another game to my suicide list.
Not touching until I see Monkey target 1 with online play.....
What a nice little gimmick, making me wanting this game even more 😅
@gcunit Ooo, what is a suicide list? Is...is it a good or bad list? Eek.
@GrailUK It's the list of games that I want so bad I'll commit suicide if I don't get them, but if I do get them I'll have to commit suicide due to bankruptcy and drowning in backlog.
@gcunit Sooo...I'll put that down as both then?
Such a good ideaaaa! If it only consists of changing the assets (collectibles, character and music) of the stages, I hope they include many more SEGA characters!
Sonic is officially confirmed, before that him & Tails were leaked from the website.
Sonic hasn’t even been “fully” revealed yet, but here we are getting other characters being fully revealed. Hope we get Amigo, Nights, & Billy Hatcher too.
Monkey & SEGA All-Stars Rolling? Is that what this game is turning into?
I’m not complaining.
I've been sold on this since the day they announced it, but more characters in monkey balls has never been a bad thing.
This is about to be the best selling Monkey Ball game ever, hopefully. I'd love to see a new original title in the franchise again.
@MarioBrickLayer I'd pick a new Jet Grind game, but it would be awesome to get any Jet on Switch.
Yeah, ok, ai want Nights, Samba de Amigo, Billy Hatcher, Chu Chu Rocket, Outrun 2 (and 2006), Daytona 1 & 2, etc etc on Switch. But I'll be fine if they don't come to Switch. I've got many, many, many excellent games I've barely touched sitting on my micro SD card, or sitting in their game cases.
@Luigivaldo Samba de M a c a c o, uma delicia 🤤
Hope we see a Virtua On character (any will do lol.) and following on from the theme of consoles in the ball, maybe an OutRun car, A yellow taxi and a Tomcat.
(Of course Nights, Samba, Billy and Chu Chu would be awesome!)
They should have a Donkey Kong collab
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