Following some pretty heavy leaks last month, Sonic the Hedgehog has officially been revealed as an unlockable character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. A new trailer this morning showed the Blue Blur in action. As the press release below details, aside from enjoying the benefits of his incredible speed, playing as Sonic replaces the series’ staple stage collectable, bananas, with the famous hedgehog’s signature rings.
Sonic the Hedgehog is available as a hidden, unlockable character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. Playing as the world’s fastest hedgehog comes with some unique effects. In addition to boasting incredible speed (obviously), selecting Sonic automatically changes all stages’ bananas to golden rings, complete with nostalgic, classic SFX!
See Sonic in action in the new Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD trailer below, which also shows off different unlockable costumes for each main cast primate.
Based on this trailer, gameplay seems to have come along quite nicely for this remake. I initially was not too excited for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, and considering the amazing quality of the first two games in the series, I still do not think that a Banana Blitz remake was the right choice for reviving the franchise. However, this remake still has a ton of potential for turning what was once a serviceable game into a pretty darn good one. Vaulted motion controls alone should unlock some new potential for fun in some impressively designed stages–mandatory, flukey motion controls in the original Wii entry were fine as a novelty, but they ultimately held back fluid control allowing players to really get creative with their routes through the game. Furthermore, seeing cool additions like Sonic prove to me that SEGA is not just phoning this one in. Heck, if Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD does well, maybe we eventually will get a combined HD remake of the first two games–or even a brand spanking new title that emphatically returns the series to its former glory.