Update: Sega has announced it will be publishing the new game as Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD in the US. It's set to launch on October 29 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a Steam release set later for Winter 2019. There's also a trailer for the new HD version:
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The rolling simian puzzle-platformer Super Monkey Ball is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch, as well as the PlayStation 4 and PC, as a remake. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, a remake of the 2006 Wii game, is set for October 31 for Switch and PS4 in Japan, while no date is set for PC.
Although it's a remake rather than a fully new game, it's nice to have any amount of Super Monkey Ball coming to the Nintendo Switch. The screenshots shown in Famitsu's reveal definitely look great, so while it's not the first two Super Monkey Ball games or anything, I'm mildly interested. The Wii version wasn't as well received as other Super Monkey Ball games, but maybe a revision could touch it up a bit.
A larger question mark is when and how this remake sees an international release. Currently it's only set for Japan, and it would be a shame to leave AiAi and pals in just one region. It's likely there will be an announcement of an international release, though whether that lines up with October 31 is to be seen.
If you aren't familiar, Super Monkey Ball is a series where you move the world to roll a monkey, locked inside a hamster-ball contraption, towards a goal while trying to avoid obstacles and bottomless chasms. Imagine Marble Madness, but your marble is a surprisingly cheery monkey pal who doesn't seem to mind being tossed about at high speeds.
It's a blast to play and even watch it speed-run by knowledgeable pros, so seeing the series finally make its way to Switch is great. We'll keep an eye out for any more news on when and how this remake might come stateside.