The Super Monkey Ball series has been around since 2001, and 20 years later, we’ll get to experience a remastered compilation on PS5. Here’s our Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania preview!
Has it really been 20 years? After its arcade release as Monkey Ball from Sega way back in 2001, the game was ported to the Nintendo GameCube as Super Monkey Ball. The premise is simple, and it’s right there in the game’s name: you’ll be playing as a monkey that’s inside of a ball, and your objective will be to help it cross the goal at the end of the level. It was a fun game, and since it’s now the 20th anniversary of the series, we now get a remastered compilation for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
What’s included in this compilation? We’re getting more than 300 stages between the content from Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, along with the mini-games from the mini-games from Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. On top of this, there are extra modes you can unlock by spending the points you collect, so this collection is certainly packed!
In all of this, there are also a ton of challenges for you to complete that will vary in terms of requirements. Each time you complete some, as well as when you complete levels, you’ll earn some extra points. With those, you’ll be able to visit the shop to purchase a wide variety of items to customize the look of your character, as well as the aforementioned extra modes, such as dark banana mode or reverse mode, so the more you play, the more new stuff you’ll be able to add to your collection.
In terms of its visuals, the games have received a major overhaul. The graphics are sharp and colorful and are definitely the best way to experience the series. It’s certainly a treat for fans who want to give the older games a new go on their console. Right now, I’ve been playing a pre-release copy of the game on my PlayStation 5, so there are bound to be some updates for the game between now and its launch on October 5. For example, there are some loading times on PS5, which is a bit surprised given that most games load almost instantly. It’s not a deal-breaker, but definitely something you wouldn’t expect on Sony’s latest console.
As someone who has never played a Super Monkey Ball game, a remastered collection like Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania feels like the perfect way to be introduced to this long-running series. With more than 300 levels, several mini-games, lots of unlockables, and several trophies to unlock on PlayStation 5, this one is going to be a great option for both fans and those new to the franchise.
This Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania preview is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Sega.