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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a remaster of Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2 and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe for Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. It is developed internally at SEGA by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, who are better known for the Yakuza series, but are led by Toshihiro Nagoshi, who also created the Super Monkey Ball game franchise.
There have been several post-release DLC plans announced, the most interesting of which are the Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania DLC characters selected to don the plastic gashapon ball and join in the rolling action. Here’s everyone that has been announced so far:
Morgana is from Persona 5. He’s an amnesiac creature that befriends the Phantom Thieves while trying to recover his memories. While he has no memories, he still knows the difference between right and wrong and often insists on doing the right thing even if it won’t further his personal mission.
Suezo is the mascot of Monster Rancher, a game series that made its debut on the PS1 back in 1997. The series is fairly popular among MonColle game fans, with 14 game entries and an animated series. This appearance seems like cross-promo, as Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 Remasters are expected to release on Nintendo Switch before the end of 2021.
Sanrio’s kawaii sensation Hello Kitty made her pop culture debut in 1974 and was an instant megahit, starting a franchise that created huge amounts of popular merchandise and several spin-off friend characters that saw the same treatment. Don’t be confused by her kitty cat appearance — Sanrio insists that she is actually just a little British girl.
Golden AiAi is, well, a golden version of the series mascot monkey AiAi. You unlock ihm by completing Golden Banana Mode, which is itself a DLC content pack.
SEGA Game Gear
If you buy the SEGA Legends Pack, you can also play as the SEGA Game Gear, which is a handheld version of the SEGA Master System. Specifically, it’s a Master System where most of the games were worse because of the tiny screen with a weird aspect ratio. Don’t get us started on it’s terrible battery life.
Also in the SEGA Legends console pack is the SEGA Saturn, which is probably the home console responsible for SEGA ultimately leaving the console market. It did have Clockwork Knight and Sonic Jam, though — which makes it okay in our book.
Finishing up the SEGA Legends Pack is the SEGA Dreamcast, which was SEGA’s last home console. Dreamcast had a bunch of all-time classic games on it, a lot of which people remember playing on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox after the company nearly went bankrupt due the one-two punch that was a lack of sports games and the fact that the system’s anti-piracy measures were easily broken shortly after the console launched.
Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails the Fox, Beat (from Jet Set Radio) and Kazuma Kiryu (from Yakuza) have all also been announced as unlockable guest characters, so you’ll be able to play as them without paying an additional charge.
We expect that more DLC character announcements will be made for Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania before too long. When they’re announced by SEGA, we’ll add them to this article.
Vince Pavey is a writer from the North-East of England who has worked on comics for The Beano and Doctor Who. He likes to play video games and eat good food. Sometimes he does both at the same time, but he probably shouldn’t.