Super Monkey Ball rolling onto Vita in Japan

Sega's puzzle game will feature motion and rear touch controls, slated for release in Japan this June; no word on North American or European release.

The last time gamers were rolling in bananas with the Super Monkey Ball series was in the 3DS iteration of the franchise, which was met with mediocre reception. Sega has now announced a PS Vita entry in the franchise, slated for release on June 14 in Japan.

Monkeys, balls, and dinosaurs: truly a combination of greatness in a portable title.

Titled Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz, this version of the game will retain all of the classic gameplay modes of past titles. New additions include motion controls, rear touch-pad controls, wireless two-player co-op play, and the ability to use the game's camera system to create stages in stage-creation mode.

There is no official word from Sega on a specific North American or European release date, although the publisher had previously announced the game with an early 2012 launch window. For more information on the last Super Monkey Ball title, head over to GameSpot's recent coverage.

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megakick
megakick

Millions rejoice and buy a Vita.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@digi-demon Mainly its because everyone has given up on gamespot even bringing real news on the vita or even decent reviews. The Dynasty Warriors Next review was terrible and didn't even list all the features or try. IGN,Gametrailers, and others all bringing out news about the Vita and reviews far faster. After articles literally made for no point other than to bash sony, i think people would get how bias this site is. Its like Fox News and Obama,

digi-demon
digi-demon

hmm only 10 comments on a Vita game? says it all...

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Loved this on Gamecube.... may just have to take a look at this

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

I've never played monkey ball, I will give it a try on the vita

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

So i wonder when Gamespot will give a crap enough to actually look up the news for the vita.New games were announced including the sequel to Phantasy Star Online.Originally only for PC its coming to the vita.

Setho10
Setho10

New system launch new Monkey Ball game. It's Sega's Ridge Racer or Dynasty Warriors - it ships within the first couple months of every system's launch.

XeonForce
XeonForce

I wish the series would return to it's core arcade roots instead of making these cartoonish "banana" subtitles spinoffs. =\