Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania: Celebrating 20 years of monkey magic

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania: Celebrating 20 years of monkey magic

Learn what monkey business is in store with this collection of three SMB adventures in one.

Hi all! Welcome back to the world of Super Monkey Ball! 

It’s been nearly 20 years since the first Monkey Ball graced arcades – banana joystick and all. An icon of its day, it wowed fans with its elegant design, delightfully simple gameplay, and wacky fun. Though the arcade game would inspire many wonderful adventures for AiAi and his monkey friends, the inventive originals – Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe – still stand apart as the gold standard of the series.

We’re thrilled to share today that all three original Super Monkey Ball games – faithfully remastered for a new generation – are back for more monkey magic when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania launches on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on October 5.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania: Celebrating 20 years of monkey magic

Three Adventures in One 

The premise of Super Monkey Ball is deceptively simple: you must roll, tilt, and bounce your monkey ball through a series of devilishly crafted levels and mazes while collecting every banana along the way. The dynamic controls, dazzling level design, catchy music, progressive difficulty and bubbly cast of characters combine to create an insanely addictive gameplay experience that still stands out for its originality nearly 20 years later.

While the original Super Monkey Ball introduced over 100 levels, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania features over 300 handcrafted levels from all three games, lovingly recreated with new graphics and modern features. 4-player local co-op, online leaderboards, and comic book-style storytelling add additional depth and immersion for new players.

Monkey Ball fans will also recall spending endless hours with classic party games like Monkey Target, Monkey Soccer, Monkey Baseball, and Monkey Bowling. Whether spinning the Wheel of Danger in Monkey Target or hitting monkey balls in Banana Stadium, nothing beat competing with friends in the classics. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania marks the glorious return of all 12 minigames from SMB 1, 2 & Deluxe – every favorite refined for modern consoles – ensuring no banana gets left behind in this definitive remaster.

The Monkey Gang is Back

Long-time fans will be thrilled to see the return of the entire gang: AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, GonGon, and their friends YanYan and Doctor all are back for a new adventure. They’ll be joined in their quest to save Jungle Island from the evil monkey mad scientist Dr. Bad-Boon and his Henchman by a colorful cast of new characters…all of whom will be announced this summer as we roll closer to launch!

Super Monkey Ball has always been a series defined by joy and playfulness, a genre-fluid gaming experience that stands apart for its originality and replayability. Our community is extraordinarily passionate – witness the many crazy speedruns that still get posted to this day – and we truly can’t wait to rekindle the magic when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania drops this fall.

With our 20th Anniversary just around the corner, we also wanted to create a special physical limited-edition release of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania that celebrates this monumental milestone. The Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Anniversary Edition comes with a 40-page art book featuring art from every game in the series pulled straight from the Sega archives. It also includes a collectible sleeve, reversible cover, and 10 exclusive cosmetic items. This was our way of celebrating one of the most beloved series in Sega history with our biggest fans. 

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  • Nice! Excited to play this game with my daughter!

  • I remember getting the first monkey ball on launch day with my Gamecube years ago!

  • I don’t understand.

    Why remaster SMB 1&2 and SMB Deluxe, when SMB Deluxe was actually all the levels from SMB1&2 put together in a single package anyway.

    So will we get the levels from SMB1&2 twice?

    Somebody help!

    • Justin Golenbock

      SMB Banana Mania remasters all 300 levels (plus all 12 party games) that collectively appeared in SMB 1, SMB2, & SMB Deluxe. Every level & party game has been fully redesigned and upgraded. So you’re spot-on that the original SMB & SMB2 levels were already included in SMB Deluxe – SMB Banana Mania will include all those levels but improved in ways you’ve never seen before.

      (It’s not just remastered content either – there’s plenty of new features AND new characters making their SMB series debut in Banana Mania!)

  • Will this have motion controls, take advantage of the Dualsense in any creative ways?

    • Fine, dont answer my question

    • Don’t feel bad that the developer ignored you. We’ll know one way or the other at some point.

      If you do the logical thing and add touchpad and motion controls (like with Astrobot on the PS5), then take my money. If not, take your business elsewhere.

  • YO SWEET. Im really really really really hoping for a PS5 physical edition. You guys mentioned the art book – im assuming it includes the game as well.
    lol you never know these days. Will there be a physical disc release with a PS5 box?

    • Justin Golenbock

      The PS5 physical 20th Anniversary edition is available for pre-order now! It includes the physical edition of the game PLUS the art book, reversible cover, collectable sleeve and 10 cosmetic Items.

  • I hope they get the analogue controls right, the Gamecube version always had the best controls. Motion controls would be great too.

  • This is an awesome collection for fans and a great introduction for new players! I’d like to see a Crazy Taxi collection next!

  • I’m definitely up for this. Will the digital release be cross-buy, ie. allow you to download the PS5 version and PS4 version at no extra cost?

    • Sorry, I followed the link and yes it does!

      Next question… does the physical anniversary edition include all the extras from the digital deluxe edition?

  • Will there be any differences between the PS4 and PS5 versions?

  • Is there any reason to buy the PS5 version INSTEAD OF the PS4 version? Are there enhancements on the disc (4K, 120Hz, ray tracing, PSVR, etc..?) Or if I buy the PS4 version, and play it on my PS5, will it get updated to the “enhanced mode”, if one exists, for free? If not, I don’t know why anyone would buy the PS5 version over the PS4 game.. Maybe if they prefer a white colored PS logo instead of the PS4 blue?

    Also, I really do hope they take advantage of the hardware available, instead of just doing a cheap and fast port of the Switch version.

  • Motion AND Touchpad controls on PS5 or NO SALE. Thank you.

  • Does buying the retail PS4 copy give you a free upgrade to the PS5 version?

  • Nice.

    Regard,
    John Earwig

  • Fantasy star like on sony portabel = onli ting i like ftom sega al rest = i do not buy

  • SAGE0F6PATHS9999

    I’m glad to see this game.
    PlayStation you need to capitalize backwards compatibility.
    You’re players are the most dedicated.

    • Especially as they added the PS2 playing software to the PS4… then a few months later stopped releasing any PS2 on PS4 ports…

      So it would be nice to just use it as they aren’t bothering.

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