blitzOne of Nintendo’s most recognizable titles, Super Monkey Ball, is back with a brand new game - well not technically new - and it went to Twitter to get suggestions from fans.
Banana Blitz was released for Wii in 2006, but the game is being remade for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The official date is set for an October 29th release in North America and Europe and an October 31st release in Japan.
Even though Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is moments away from launch, its dev team is making some finishing touches right up until the buzzer. In fact, just this past week, the developers of Super Monkey Ball reached out to fans on Twitter, asking about suggestions to improve the game.
Super Monkey Ball’s official account, @SMB_JP, joined Twitter only two months ago. Last week, it polled its 2,200 followers to get a sense of which extra game modes are most enticing to its potential customer base.
Fans overwhelmingly voted in support of Stage Maker, which is basically a mode that lets you design your own levels. The other polling options included Character Maker, Network Competition, and Mission Mode. We’ll have to wait until the end of the month to see if the suggestions were implemented.
While there aren’t a whole lot of bells and whistles for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz compared to its Wii-bound predecessor, its transition to the Switch and consoles is being met with a lot of excitement from fans. The Wii's motion sensors and the demanding mechanics of the game never represented a happy union. It may seem like a regression to move back to the controller-centric Gamecube days, but that’s where the game was its most successful.
The usual cast of characters will be returning, except for Jam and Jet. Additionally, Sonic will be presented alongside the gang as another option.
Super Monkey Ball has pretty much been on hiatus since it made the transition to Wii. Since then, only a few small releases and mobile titles have been introduced to keep the series alive. Perhaps, a release like Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is exactly what the franchise needs to revitalize its waning existence.