After a bit of a quiet spell throughout the 2010s, Super Monkey Ball is finally back in the spotlight where it belongs. With Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD launching on Switch in 2019, and then Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania also landing just last month, remakes are proving that interest in the franchise is still there. But what's next?
Well, speaking in a recent issue of Retro Gamer (issue 225), Banana Mania director Masao Shirosaki has expressed interest in making an entirely new game. Ideas for a potential new title are already taking shape, and Shirosaki believes that a new game could well become a reality if enough fans are ready and waiting to check it out.
Here's what he had to say, with thanks to Nintendo Everything:
"As this game and the previous one are remakes, I do feel that I want to create a new Super Monkey Ball game. I have ideas on what it could be like. I’m looking forward to seeing how Super Monkey Ball will grow. This is not something I can do on my own, so I would like everyone to first enjoy Banana Mania and if there are enough voices looking forward to the next title, it may come true."
Previously, Shirosaki has gone on record saying that he'd like a future Monkey Ball game to let you "adventure around the world with AiAi". Could these ideas be a continuation of that? And what would that mean for any potential new entry in the series?
"I have been looking at everyone’s reactions on social media and no matter what language it’s in, I always translate it and read through them," Shirosaki says. "I would be overjoyed if we could create the future of a new Super Monkey Ball together."