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  • Summary: "Hold onto your bananas, because Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is rolling your way! Experience the magic of one of the most beloved titles in the series, now remastered in HD!

    Head back into the fantastical world of Super Monkey Ball and take back your bananas from the space alien
    "Hold onto your bananas, because Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is rolling your way! Experience the magic of one of the most beloved titles in the series, now remastered in HD!

    Head back into the fantastical world of Super Monkey Ball and take back your bananas from the space alien pirate king, Captain Crabuchin. Race through over 100 colorful stages and challenge your friends and family to 10 fan-favorite Party Games! Feeling like the fastest, most maneuverable monkey around? Try out Time Attack mode or the grueling Decathlon endurance run! Will you make it onto the scoreboard?"
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Oct 29, 2019
    85
    Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a very good remaster, in addition to being an excellent game. It's beautiful, fluid, has very interesting gameplay, almost flawless controls, and a rather dense content. In other words, it's an almost perfect experience. We highly recommend all veterans to replay this gem on recent platforms and all neophytes to go discover Super Monkey Ball with this opus. In the end, after seeing everything the title offers, we would still like to have a longer and more extensive "Main Game".
  2. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD promises the old and trusted gameplay we know and love, but with an all new graphic layout that promises hours of fun.
  3. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 30, 2020
    75
    Sadly, about 10% of the game stands in the way of enjoying the other 90. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 63]
  4. Oct 29, 2019
    60
    Back in the day, we gave the Wii version a crushing 4/10 score and said ‘if the controls were good then you could double the score’. Little did we know that over a decade later, our words would ring (almost) true. With more usable controls you can finally enjoy this batch of 100 levels for what they are, but the wider game is let down by weird leaderboard decisions and those lacklustre mini-games. The best monkey-in-a-ball game since Super Monkey Ball 2, sure, but not quite a return to the series heyday.
  5. Nov 12, 2019
    60
    Super Money Ball: Banana Blitz HD feels at odds with both its former self and the new hardware it is running on. It lacks the functions, features and creativity to bring this Sega series back to where it belongs — in the hearts of many a gamer.
  6. Oct 30, 2019
    60
    Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD could be a wonderfully fun and enjoyable game. Sadly, control difficulties and horrendous camera mechanics greatly diminish the fun to be had.
  7. Oct 29, 2019
    40
    I wanted to love Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD so much, but ultimately, I walked away with a bitter taste in my mouth. The Super Monkey Ball franchise is one that deserves to thrive again, and it’s sad to say that I think today isn’t the day that happens.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. Jan 1, 2020
    10
    It is really good maybe to easy at the start but world 7-8-9-10 were very hard; on switch it is 1080p 60fps docked and 720p 60fps undocked; ItIt is really good maybe to easy at the start but world 7-8-9-10 were very hard; on switch it is 1080p 60fps docked and 720p 60fps undocked; It is very good to have a portable super monkey ball game in HD; because monkey ball GBA,3DS,PSVITA were good (3ds no) but now it is HD Expand
  2. Nov 5, 2019
    9
    Sooooo this game will have you spending hours on it, and just good old classic fun for everyone. Also I love that sonic is in the game withSooooo this game will have you spending hours on it, and just good old classic fun for everyone. Also I love that sonic is in the game with the full aesthetic (he’s part of the advertisements lol)

    Controls could be slightly better but overall perfect
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  3. Nov 7, 2019
    7
    Well, This definitely isn't the Super Monkey Ball game that most people wanted, the original game was received... positively... when it wasWell, This definitely isn't the Super Monkey Ball game that most people wanted, the original game was received... positively... when it was first released, but now people are quite mixed on the game due to its mandatory motion controls, horrible boss fights, and mediocre Party Games. But I think the reason why SEGA decided to remake Banana Blitz of all games is because it ended up being the best-selling Super Monkey Ball game to date, so they see it as high praise for the game.

    So here we are, SEGA is trying to revive the Super Monkey Ball series with a remake of Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, now titled Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD, released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and soon to be Steam on the PC. So... with a remake of a mixed bag of a game... is Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD a bad game? No, not at all, but it sure doesn't live up to the excellence of the original 2 games on GameCube, as well as Deluxe for Xbox and PlayStation 2.

    There are a total of 100 stages to play through, and that is including the 10 bonus stages and 8 boss fights. The main thing they did regarding to the remake is that they ditched the motion controls entirely. You can use full analog control to blast your way through the 100 stages, now with gorgeous graphics, the original Wii game looked good for a Wii launch title, but now it looks especially good on the 8th gen consoles, even the Switch version (which is the version I played) looks pretty great.

    The problem with a remake of this Wii game is that the original game was designed with motion controls in mind, so when adding full analog controls on the player now, it controls great, but it makes the game incredibly easy when starting out. You should be able to breeze through worlds 1-4. The level design isn't very creative in the first few worlds of the game, so it's not as fun either, it's just a bit of a slog to get through. But I think world 5 is a bit better, and worlds 6-10 are where the game really shines. A decent chunk of the levels in Banana Blitz HD I found to be really fun. The ladder half of the game gets really challenging, but it's MOSTLY fair in its difficulty. I say mostly fair, because I won't spoil the stage itself, but World 10-5 is the hardest stage in the entire series and it is unforgiving, it isn't fair, very cheap, and it really should've been cut from the game.

    The boss fights still suck, they did try buffing and nerfing some of them, but all of them (except for Boss 4, I like the concept of that one) are really bad. Monkey Ball really isn't a series meant for engaging boss battles. Stage hazards are as far as I'd go in terms of enemy encounters.

    They cut 40 of the 50 Party Games from the original Banana Blitz to "enhance" the 10 most memorable ones in SEGA's mind. Problem is that a) that's subjective, and b) they didn't enhance them entirely too much, Monkey Target now has extra targets around the stage, Monkey Snowboarding has extra bananas for boosting along with jumping perfectly off a red jump ramp will give you a boost. Not much was changed from all of them except for the simpler controls. Kinda unfortunate, personally I miss Monkey Race and Monkey Bowling, those would've been great to add back in.

    2 new modes were included with the remake too, Time Attack and Decathlon. Time Attack actually somewhat reminded me of the Classic Monkey Ball Modes, you play through a Casual, Standard, or Expert Course, I'll sum each up for you:
    Casual: World 1
    Standard: Worlds 1-5
    Expert Worlds 1-10
    You can only beat them in one set of lives, so you have to be fast but careful, and I really enjoyed it! After finishing a run, you can post them to the Online Rankings to see where you are on the leaderboard, this honestly gives me a reason to replay the game to see if I can get the best time!

    Decathlon is going through all 10 Party games in one sitting, and adding up your total score from all 10 games to get an overall score. You can upload these overall scores to the Online Rankings as well to give you a reason to replay them to get good at them, not my cup of tea personally, since I don't like most of the Party games in the remake, but great for those that do and don't have friends to currently play with.

    There are unlockables for the Main Game, but I'm not going to spoil them for you, I'll let you get them on your own.

    Banana Blitz HD is okay, it's super unfortunate that we couldn't get remakes of the original 2 games, but judging this game critically, it's not a bad game, I wouldn't recommend buying it at $40, but it's a fun game nonetheless, and I do think it's worth checking out on discount, but if you do, keep in mind that this is not what made the franchise special in the first place, I hate saying proceed with caution, but there may be things you like and dislike about this one.
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  4. Nov 1, 2019
    4
    I blame my love all of things SEGA for the fact that I preordered this atrocity. Having played (and enjoyed) the Wii original, I knew what II blame my love all of things SEGA for the fact that I preordered this atrocity. Having played (and enjoyed) the Wii original, I knew what I was getting into. What I didn't expect was just how poorly the motion controls would be ported to joy-con. If I wanted motion sickness I'd have worn my Oculus. Thanks, but no thanks. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2020
    2
    This game is terrible. Some stages are fun but many of the boss battles are a frustrating horrible mess. There are no camera controls, whichThis game is terrible. Some stages are fun but many of the boss battles are a frustrating horrible mess. There are no camera controls, which honestly doesn't matter UNTIL you have a boss battle and leads to many unfair losses. Any time I beat one of these bosses it didn't feel like I beat it on my own merit, but just out of luck after the 30+ time attempting. This game should be a ten dollar eshop game, but for $40 new it's just an overpriced cash grab port. This was my first and will definetly be my last monkey ball game. It's just not a fun game. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2019
    1
    What a hot oil of trash. Growing up with Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 for GameCube was a highlight of my childhood. This is not those games.What a hot oil of trash. Growing up with Super Monkey Ball 1 and 2 for GameCube was a highlight of my childhood. This is not those games. There are 90 stages that are oversimplified because they were originally designed to play with motion control on Wii... And 10 bosses that are hard because of poor controllers and not actual difficulty. The party games are also hot trash, as there is no solo way to play any one game, so you have to hook up a 2nd controller just to play. Why they didn't remake super monkey ball 1/2 into one game is beyond me. I regret my purchase 100 percent and Nintendo gives no refunds. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2020
    0
    This game is f*cking terrible. Whether or not it fails or succeeds as a remaster isn't up to me, as I haven't played the original game on Wii,This game is f*cking terrible. Whether or not it fails or succeeds as a remaster isn't up to me, as I haven't played the original game on Wii, but having played up to World 5 in this version, I feel at liberty to lay into this hot trash seeing as I wasted my time playing over half of it.

    There is absolutely no DECENT difficulty curve. Let me put it this way: the first few worlds are half-baked and easy as hell. The last few worlds amp up the difficulty stupidly high from out of nowhere. Obviously, i want the game to have a learning curve and a bit of challenge, but not to where I want to throw my Switch in frustrated rage. Speaking of which, let's NOT talk about the boss battles, because I just want to forget about them. Oh, I have to? Oh... Oh the terrible boss battles. Every single boss battle in this game outside of a minor two are cumbersome and frustrating button-mashing fests as you try to get your dumb-f*ck monkey player character to try and jump on a specific part of the boss battle, be it anything from missiles to some hideous belly button wart. This, however, is terribly designed, as you can go flying off the ledges of the arena simply for hitting what you're supposed to hit because, oh? You wanted to build up a little momentum so you could hit your enemy where the game is so obviously telling you to? Well too bad, mf! This game will send you flying off the cliffside with as much momentum as you hit the boss with. This is a recurring problem, and it even applies to enemies within normal stages.

    Coming to mind as I speak of the godawful boss battles, this game's physics are f*cking awful. I can't even begin to describe how it's led to numerous of my untimely deaths simply for slightly bumping into a wall or enemy (and only bumping into enemies in the later stages, mind you, because as said before, this game's difficulty curve is horse feces with literally no enemies in the earlier stages to get you accustomed to their presence). And these terrible physics aren't complemented whatsoever by the lack of an actual camera system, as the only one that's there also controls basic movement, not just camera movement.

    On the whole, while I'm still glad I bought the game (only because I want to support Sega reviving franchises they've left for dead, which could bring back better, more well-rounded franchises), I still can't stand this game's terrible physics, lack of a camera, dogsh*t difficulty curve, and abysmal boss battles. Hopefully they can redeem Monkey Ball with a completely new game next, or at least a similar HD remaster of an ACTUALLY good Monkey Ball game? Somehow I imagine they'd screw even that up.
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