The Dragon of Dojima Kazuma Kiryu Joins Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as Playable Character

The official Sega of America Youtube channel has uploaded a new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. In a legitimately shocking turn of events, the Dragon of Dojima himself, Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza franchise, is joining the title as a playable character. To be completely honest, I find this absolutely ridiculous, and I mean that in the best way possible.

What makes this reveal trailer even more humorous, in my opinion, is how Kiryu collects Staniman X bottles instead of bananas. Sega, what have you done.

You can view the Kazuma Kiryu reveal trailer for Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania below:

This game brings back elements from the Super Monkey Ball franchise’s past that many have been longing for well over a decade as it contains remasters of Super Monkey BallSuper Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. This package contains over 300 levels and 12 minigames for veterans and newcomers to sink dozens of hours into. In addition, the remastered effort has been faithfully developed as an enhanced version of the original with new graphics and content.

The latest entries of the Super Monkey Ball franchise have not been particularly well-received by fans; in fact, the majority, if not all of the titles post Gamecube era, has received overwhelmingly negative reactions from the fanbase. In a similar vein to Sonic Mania, perhaps, this package likely aims to be a soft reboot for the Super Monkey Ball franchise, and what better method of doing so than delving back in the past to revive the glory days?

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 5, 2021.


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