Talk about being on a roll! As part of the ongoing celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary, the upcoming SEGA title Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will be featuring both Sonic and his best buddy Tails as guest characters!
Take a look at the announcement below, which shows off the classic duo in action:
While Sonic celebrates turning 30 this year, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is actually being made to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Super Monkey Ball series, which plays perfectly into this frankly adorable crossover. The fact that Sonic and Tails are no strangers to rolling around in balls certainly helps too.
The developers seem to be pulling out all of the stops to mark the occasion with a game that pays great tribute to the series as a whole, not only by remastering the content of the first three games but also bringing in some fun new additions that should both excite fans of the Super Monkey Ball titles and hopefully even attract new fans by introducing guests that may encourage them to give the game a closer look, myself included. After all, Sonic and Tails weren’t even the first guests to be announced for Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania; Beat was!
Yep, Beat from the cult Sega series Jet Set Radio, which is still beloved by its fans despite no new games since 2002! Movement-based gameplay and sick beats seem to be a common thread here, don’t they? Either way, it’s sure to get some graffiti and skating-starved fans intrigued at the very least. Think we’ll see any other franchises make the jump?
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is set to release this October on every major platform, and after seeing my favourite hedgehog and fox join the roster I’m definitely interested in trying out the banana collecting fun for the first time. How about you? Has the hog won you over, or are you more drawn in by the Concept of Love? Maybe go have some potassium and think it over. I would but I’m allergic to bananas.