In an age where seemingly every publisher is combing through their backlog of old games to slab on a fresh coat of pixels to sell you “high definition” versions of games you’ve undoubtedly already purchased, it’s easy to get a bit jaded with each passing announcement.
With that being said, I was totally surprised when SEGA announced that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this October (Oct. 29, to be precise). A Steam version releasing later in the year.
Banana Blitz is a special game in my home because it was one of the first games my oldest daughters really got hooked on, and I have fond memories of playing it with them for hours on end on our Nintendo Wii.
This new version will have optimized controls for each system, a new Decathlon mode and online leaderboards. That’s all well and good, but we just want that classic Banana Blitz action again!
Here’s the rest of the press release from SEGA:
About Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD:
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is Back in HD: Originally released on the Wii in 2006, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD reinvigorates the original game with 100 single-player stages, 10 multi-player mini-games, revamped control schemes, updated graphics, and more.
- Online Leaderboards: A first for the series, players can now compete with others around the world through online leaderboards for single-player Time Attack and the all-new Mini-Game Decathalon Score Attack modes.
- No Monkey Business – Play Your Way: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. With uniquely optimized control schemes for each platform, everyone from first-time rollers to world-record holders can jump right in to the fun!