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Masao Shirosaki

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania went all out with guest characters. SEGA itself included some stars from its various franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog and Kazuma Kiryu from Kazuya, but the team also stepped outside of the box with some unexpected additions. The game includes Morgana from Persona 5, Suezo from Monster Rancher, and Hello Kitty as DLC.

In an interview with Retro Gamer, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania director and producer Masao Shirosaki spoke more about those guest characters and their inclusion. He told the magazine:

Masao Shirosaki, the director of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, has expressed interest in making a new game in the series.

SEGA has started to do more with the franchise in recent years. It started in 2019 with a remaster of the Wii game Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, with an HD version releasing on Switch in 2019. We then just saw Banana Mania, which was based on Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2 and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe.

As for a new Super Monkey Ball game, Shirosaki recently told Retro Gamer:

In a recent interview with Nintendo Everything, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania director Masao Shirosaki spoke about a number of topics, including how the project came to be, the game’s physics, camera, and much more.

Shirosaki informed us that development begin around March 2020, and the team was working from home due to the current pandemic. He also discussed what players can expect from the physics and camera in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, which are some of the gameplay elements that fans have been curious about.

Here’s our full discussion:

Super Monkey Ball finally returned on Switch and other platforms with a redone version of Banana Blitz HD. If all goes well with that game – and specifically if there’s support from the fans – the series could continue on. Director and producer Masao Shirosaki told Crunchyroll that remasters of the series’ first two entries as well as an entirely new title are potential options.

Shirosaki said:


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