The Super Monkey Ball Series was a staple of 2000s gameplay, with its innovative gameplay, adorable characters, and deceptively difficult levels. It’s still going strong too, with a remake of the 2006 Wii game Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz coming out for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC this fall. Sega should capitalize on this remaster and port the game to mobile platforms as well.
Super Monkey Ball is the perfect series to be ported onto a mobile game. The controls are simple; the main interaction with the game is tilting the stage to make your character roll in whatever direction is downhill, with only a few other special character-based abilities. There’s really no need for a whole controller to play the game. While earlier Super Monkey Ball games relied on joysticks to control the stage, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz utilized the Wii motion sensor controls, which can easily translate to the motion sensors in your smartphone.
It’s likely that a mobile port would be even better than the Wii version of Banana Blitz. The original game was released in 2006, in the early years of the Wii, which meant that motion-sensitive controls were not as ubiquitous as they are today after several generations of Nintendo motion controllers and years of tilt-based mobile games. Still, even in 2006, reviewer Matt Casamassina recognized that the motion controls rivaled and even exceeded joystick controls – after a familiarization process, of course. This doesn’t even account for the fact that the motion sensor technology itself has improved in the 13 years since 2006.
We don’t even have to wonder how this would work, because a Banana Blitz mobile port would not be the first mobile Super Monkey Ball game. Super Monkey Ball: Sakura Edition was released for the iPhone in 2010 and for Android in 2018. The game has four stars on Google Play, and is a solid addition to the series.
Overall, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is a game that can easily be adapted to mobile gaming without any loss of quality, so there’s no reason for Sega to not make a mobile port. Sega should take advantage of the mobile game market and release Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD for mobile platforms.