We live in a glorious era, where the bright and colourful Japanese games that were formerly the sole domain of consoles are now regularly available on Steam. Now, we can add Super Monkey Ball to the list of console classics that can now play natively on PC – or, at least, one of the series’ many sequels.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD was released on Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One back in October – a cleaned-up version of the Wii game which replaces the motion controls with more familiar analogue and button configurations. Now it’s set to come to Steam on December 10, and until December 17 it’ll be available at a 20% discount, which brings the price down to $23.99 / £19.99 / €23.99.
Banana Blitz isn’t quite the beloved classic that its predecessors are, but it’s still a delightful take on the formula that has you tilting colourful stages to roll your monkey avatar to the goal. This one’s a bit more story-driven, and sends you through sets of themed campaign levels that each culminate in a boss fight.
You can check out a trailer below – and yeah, Sonic is totally in it now.
Sega’s been making strong efforts to get many of its classics on PC, and the results have broadly been great.