Toshihiro Nagoshi is a Japanese video game producer, director, and designer who recently featured vocals in the game theme song of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. The title of the new song is ‘Hello Banana’ which is set to debut at the Sega Atlus Tokyo Game Show 2021 presentation. Banana Fritter’s members who approached to voicing the iconic Super Monkey Ball characters are Koichi Yamadera (who voices Dr. Bad-Boon), Noriko Hidaka (who voices AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, and YanYan), and Toshihiko Seki (who voices Jet). It is also reported that the trio sang for the previous edition of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz as well which is titled ‘BANANA-NA in Love.’
As it is reported by the production company, the trio of the Banana Fritters wore Banana costumes in Studio while recording the song, The clip can be found on Youtube where they talked about revealing the theme song of Super Monkey Ball: banana mania. In the same clip, you could see various important members of Sega appeared in the recording booth, Some of them were Yakuza and Super Monkey Ball creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, as well as the current series producer Masao Shirosaki and members of the development team to sing along as part of the chorus. Super Monkey Ball is an arcade platform video game for all the gaming-loving people which was published by Sega and debut in 2001. The game franchise has almost 20 editions, coming out on 5th October 2021 the new edition ‘Banana Mania’.
It can be said the video game kept its root as an arcade game for 20 years, the upcoming version is expected to be the best one. Firstly, Super Monkey Ball is a series about monkeys in balls rolling their way through hundreds of stages and avoiding increasingly difficult obstacles. The video game has a more vibrant cartoon style than most of the arcade games ever which makes it popular, however. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is reported to get inspired by most of the narratives from Super Monkey Ball Deluxe‘s story mode. The story content is short, as all the monkeys want to eat their favorite yellow fruit Banana, like AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon, and Baby. But the evil Dr. Bad-Boon steals all the bananas sending the monkeys to go on a journey across the game’s world to get back the yellow fruit. The game doesn’t have much dialogue content and The complete courses of Monkey Balls 1 and 2 are also considered part of the main game and are labeled as “challenges”.
The production company wanted to keep the nostalgia of the game without making it feel like stealing the whole thing from an arcade cabinet. As reviewed by the people, who have already played few stages simply said that the stages range from frustratingly satisfying to simply frustrating. And also the game aims to remove many of the frustrations that come with getting stuck on a particular stage, but make no mistake, Banana Mania is just as tough as the other games in the series. So if you haven’t played yet or never did, you should totally check it out and have fun reviewing.