Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz splits gold

Sega's simian platformer becomes the first Wii game to officially roll into the factory; game features single-player campaign, 50 minigames.

Nintendo fans, prepare to rejoice--the first Wii game has officially gone gold.

Banana, banana, banana!

Though the console's North American launch-day lineup is still yet to be solidified, gamers can be sure of one game that will be there day one. Sega's Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz has completed development and is scheduled to be on shelves November 14, several days before the anticipated console even goes on sale.

Banana Blitz will make use of the Wii's motion-sensitive controller in several ways. Gamers will tilt the controller in all directions during the single-player campaign, in which they attempt to roll sphere-bound monkeys through mazes. The game also features several minigames, including darts, ring toss, and a whack-a-mole variant.

This isn't the first time Sega has taken the honors of being the first to officially announce a gold game for a new platform. Last year, Sega's Condemned: Criminal Origins was the first Xbox 360 game to be officially sent off for duplication.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz is rated E for Everyone and will retail for $49.99. For more information, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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26 comments
hemakm3
hemakm3

Love Monkey Ball games.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

cool. this game should be fun with tilting the wiimote to controll the monkeyball. i look forward to it.

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

All monkey ball jokes aside - these games rock. Some of the best E-rated multiplayer fun around. I'm getting this one right away.

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

ChiefFreeman this is EXACTLY the type of game that completely tunes me out of Nintendo. Kid stuff............................... Well I guess you can't play anymore games whatsoever Cheif. Because you definitely can't play Xbox 360 because of Viva Pinata, you can't play PC games because of Mozart's Musical Adventure and the various math tutor games for kids...and you can't play DS because of Animal Crossing, you can't play PSP because of Harry Potter, you can't even play ps3 because of sonic. So I guess you are screwed.

Scammeleon
Scammeleon

Good for sega! Be nice to have a pre-console game out! make people aware of the console, and help shift the games.

Mark2099
Mark2099

going on the shelf will raise awareness about the wii coming out. and sega is likely to profit from a pre-launch game.

aindovin
aindovin

I never liked these games and i own two of them. They are so aggrevating. yes, I am an idiot for getting it twice.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Wiiiii! I hope more games are going gold soon.

thefjk
thefjk

SEGA's still got it!

theragu40
theragu40

Hey ChiefFreeman: in case you didn't notice, this game isn't published by Nintendo, it's published by Sega. Plus, there have been Monkey Ball games on the PS2 and the Xbox as well. Nice try though, fanboy.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

this is EXACTLY the type of game that completely tunes me out of Nintendo. Kid stuff.

Nintendus
Nintendus

Adding that to my wish list.

lzorro
lzorro

November 14:( that's the same day as FFIII:(

bart8558
bart8558

Looks like a great game to pick up if I can find a wii

Goku-stream
Goku-stream

This is one of my 3 launch day pick-up titles.

solidSNAKE24x
solidSNAKE24x

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mylsd
mylsd

got mine preordered :)

Kenzo287
Kenzo287

Man sum1 give me 50 bucks

Kreestas
Kreestas

when i get together with my brother and sister we play this game on the gamecube and am looking forward for this one on the wii. should be fun.