Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz remaster ditches motion controls

Sega’s HD remaster of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz — originally released for Wii in 2006 — will do away with the motion control of the original in favor of “tightened analog controls” that have been optimized for each platform, Sega said in a press release today.

When Banana Blitz was released for Wii, the game was criticized for its reliance on motion controls via the Wii Remote, giving the already challenging Super Monkey Ball gameplay an even more difficult learning curve.

New gameplay footage of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD released on Thursday shows how the game will look on modern platforms. If you missed the game on Wii, Banana Blitz offers 100 single-player stages, 10 multiplayer minigames, and boss battles. The HD re-release also comes with online leaderboards for single-player Time Attack mode and the new Minigame Decathalon Score Attack mode.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD will be released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Oct. 29. A Windows PC release is expected to hit Steam sometime during winter 2019.

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