A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While AiAi and his friends are a close-knit group fighting against a big bad, it's mainly just an excuse for them to chase down their bananas in wildly outrageous stages.
Positive Role Models
AiAi and his friends are generally fun, playful characters with good-natured personalities.
Ease of Play
This HD release of the Wii original drops the motion controls in favor of classic analog controls, which makes maneuvering and jumping a lot more precise. That doesn't make the game easy, though -- it's still got some insane courses that require a lot of skill and patience.
Violence & Scariness
Players spend most of their time racing through tracks, but there are boss battles that pit players against large enemies. Combat generally involves dodging enemy attacks while charging up and rolling your ball into them.
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Products & Purchases
This is the updated version of a Wii game released in 2006.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a high-definition remake of the original Nintendo Wii exclusive action platformer title for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch consoles. Players roll through 80 different stages, racing and jumping through winding courses and collecting stray bananas before facing off against Crabuchin and his minions in large boss battles. Combat is cartoonish and mild in nature, generally little more than ramming bad guys with your ball. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to believe it's been five years since the last Super Monkey Ball game, but AiAi and his crew have returned to consoles with an HD remake of a previous Wii exclusive title. But Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD isn't just a shot-for-shot remake with an HD coat of paint. Making the jump from the Wii to the current generation of consoles meant having to lose the motion controls of the original release. This isn't a bad thing, though, as the return to analog controls makes the gameplay much more responsive and precise. And thanks to its HD visual makeover, the game looks sharper and plays smoother than ever before.
While the loss of motion controls is actually a win for the gameplay, it unfortunately means many of the original's mini-games that relied on those controls couldn't make the cut this time around. Worse still, instead of replacing what was cut with some new ways to play with friends, the remake accepts the loss and cuts the total number of mini-games from 50 to a paltry 10. These 10 might be some of the better ones from the original collection, but the massive loss makes the party aspect of the multiplayer feel anemic and flat. It doesn't mean that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD isn't still a blast to play, alone or with friends. It's just light on content and leaves fans hungry for more.
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