It seems likely that Sega is bringing one of their dormant IPs back to life, as the company has registered a trademark for what appears to be a new Super Monkey Ball title.
The Super Monkey Ball series consisted of platform games that involved guiding monkeys inside of balls through stages while trying not to fall down holes. The Super Monkey Ball games were praised for their addictive gameplay and they graced numerous systems from 2001 to 2014, when the final game (to date) was released for smartphones.
A Twitter user named @piercesword noticed that Sega had trademarked the name for a new Super Monkey Ball title. According to Siliconera, the name of the game is Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball, with the word “tabegoro” referring to fruit that is ripe and ready to be eaten.
Sega has recently announced that they will be reviving old IPs in wake of declining profits and the revival of Super Monkey Ball would fit right in with that statement. The series was popular in its day and has almost universal appeal in terms of its content. The question now is what form a new Super Monkey Ball game would take?
The Nintendo Switch seems like an obvious platform for a new Super Monkey Ball game, as the gyroscopic controls would be a perfect fit for its gameplay. The ability to tilt the stage using the Joy-Cons or Pro Controller would make a lot of sense for a new control scheme in a Super Monkey Ball game.
The other obvious platform for a new Super Monkey Ball game would be smartphones. The last game in the series was Super Monkey Ball Bounce for Android and IOS devices, but that game was more similar to Peggle than the other titles in the series. A true Super Monkey Ball experience on mobile phones could be a huge money spinner for Sega.
The application for a trademark is no guarantee that a company plans on following through with the development of a game, so the Super Monkey Ball fanbase shouldn’t get too excited just yet. The fact that Sega talked openly about bringing back some of its old franchises adds credence to the idea that they could be bringing back the Super Monkey Ball series, but no one will know for sure until an official announcement is made.