Sega filed a new trademark for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz on May 21. It is the company’s second mysterious Super Monkey Ball trademark within the span of a month.
Sega began to open up the potential for more Super Monkey Ball games last month after filing a trademark for “Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball.” “Tabegoro” roughly translates to “ripe” or “about to eat.” While this is likely a reference to the series’s iconic bananas, it is unclear what kind of new product this trademark is for.
Speculation can now run wild with the new Banana Blitz trademark. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz was originally released on the Nintendo Wii in 2006. The fact that Sega trademarked the title of an already existing game suggests a remake of Banana Blitz may be in the works. Nintendo Switch owners may be in luck if, like the original game, the new title is a Nintendo console exclusive.
Of course, details about upcoming Super Monkey Ball games can only be speculated at this point. Sega has not officially announced anything about upcoming Monkey Ball titles. We do not know anything about the initial Tabegoro! trademark either. In any case, Super Monkey Ball fans should keep their eyes open for new content in the coming months. E3 may be the perfect time for Sega to reveal a brand new Super Monkey Ball game for the Switch.
Super Monkey Ball’s history with Nintendo
While its predecessor Monkey Ball was an arcade game, the Super Monkey Ball name debuted with a title on the GameCube. Beginning with Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, Sega began to produce these games on various different consoles.
The series last appeared on a Nintendo console with the 2011 release of Super Monkey Ball 3D on the 3DS. In 2012, Sega released Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz for the PlayStation Vita. This was the last traditional entry in the Super Monkey Ball series. The mobile game Super Monkey Ball Bounce, released in 2014, followed a different gameplay formula than the other games.
Sega did not completely abandon this series after 2014. The main characters, AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, and GonGon, appear as playable characters in the mobile game SEGA Heroes. Even so, Monkey Ball fans are undoubtedly hoping for a new game that returns to the roots of the series. The new trademarks suggest Super Monkey Ball may receive a true revamp (on Switch?) sooner rather than later.
Dylan Tate is a student in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes competitive guides for Dignitas and esports news articles for Daily Esports.