Yes, Banana Mania is essentially just the kind of Super Monkey Ball game that you'd expect. I just didn't realize how much I've missed this series. The single player levels present a challenging and creative experience, while the minigame offerings make this collection essential to anyone who likes to play local multiplayer.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania marks a return to form for the series, even if I am left hoping that we receive some substantial content updates in the near future to fill in gaps left from the originals. Fans who need an exact recreation of the originals or require challenge mode multiplayer might want to skip this one or wait for a deep discount, but those who just want to play Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 again or the first time should absolutely pick this one up on Switch, especially if you enjoy playing on the go. While there is still a bit of work to do, Super Monkey Ball is back, and it’s a great feeling. I strongly recommend you don’t miss out on this one.
"I’m really glad that Sega didn’t mess up Banana Mania. It has a new lick of paint, with some tweaks and additions that help make this an excellent return to form. Despite some gripes with the challenge modes and Monkey Target, there’s a massive amount of content that should keep any fan of the series happy. With the series director now gone, I just hope that future games can live up to this standard."
This is undoubtedly the best SMB experience. Full with the challenges from the past og series, retouched graphics and the GOOD mechanics that BB-HD didn't hit, i recommend it for the whole Single and Multiplayer experience locally. Definitely will keep you attached or busy trying to complete all the levels. From a all-time SEGA and SMB average enjoyer.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania retains the core appeal of the series: cute ball-encased monkeys rolling around devilishly challenging stages at high speeds. It ventures just far enough from the specifics of the original games to be considered a truly faithful remake, but those who aren’t intimately familiar with those games or are willing to adapt will find an amazing wealth of aggravating appeal and ridiculous stunts. It’s a great place to get acquainted with the series if you haven’t before, with plenty to offer veterans looking for something closer to the mark than the likes of Banana Blitz.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a bumper remaster package that has clearly been made with love by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. It contains all of the best levels from the series’ most beloved entries, a fleshed-out ranking system for the most ambitious players and a dozen party games to extend its lifespan. With cute crossover characters, rewarding puzzles and an absolutely banging soundtrack, you’d be foolish to skip this one if you’re yet to engage with the Super Monkey Ball franchise.
It’s upbeat puzzle-platforming fun at its most deceptively chaotic, and while some aspects of it still feel stuck in the past, there’s also lots here to remind people of what made it so great in the first place.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a good game on which you can have fun and spend good moments. Whether you are a new player or an old player of the license, you will find what you need. However, you will have to be patient to get through some stages. With this opus, Sega invites players to rediscover their first love of the series by offering levels from the first Super Monkey Ball. As a bonus, the addition of mini-games is a plus to have fun with your friends during parties even if some mini-games are not necessarily the most exciting. As for the small drawbacks, we regret the fact that you can't play all the characters in all the modes or the difficulty which is not always progressive.
Well some of the things are broken, baseball doesn't work at all. All of them are basically worse in every way than the GameCube games. The originals were a physics engine wrapped in a silly idea, this focused on graphics first and the gameplay is mediocre. Honestly I just don't play it.
I hate that I have to review this game as a middle of the road game but it is. I’m sorry but the physics are so different from the originals in the main game and especially in the mini games. Seeing money target has never felt so off and is a huge shame as it was the main reason I wanted this remake so badly. Compared to the originals this game is a shame. But I guess compared to other recently money ball games it’s the best in years. Which says something about the franchise.
SummaryGo Bananas with your favorite monkey gang in the ultimate Super Monkey Ball adventure. Roll through wondrous worlds with AiAi and friends as you race to stop monkey mad scientist Dr. Bad-Boon from blowing up Jungle Island! Join the all-star monkey team of AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon, Baby, YanYan and Doctor as you bounce, tilt, and roll your wa...