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Yes, Banana Mania is essentially just the kind of Super Monkey Ball game that you’d expect. I just didn’t realize how much I’ve missed this series. The single player levels present a challenging and creative experience, while the minigame offerings make this collection essential to anyone who likes to play local multiplayer.
ComicBook Gaming (Sep 29, 2021)
As a fan of Super Monkey Ball since 2001, I found myself really happy with Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. The package captures the fun and challenge of the first two games, while also including new content that makes it feel fresh. Banana Mania also offers a ton of content for its price point, and players are guaranteed to find something to love. Sometimes the difficulty level can get frustrating, and the Party Games could use some new options, but the game offers so much good, it's hard to complain. Whether you're a newcomer to the series or a fan from the beginning like me, I can't recommend this one enough.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a loving recreation and just pure, uncomplicated FUN!
Press Start Australia (Sep 29, 2021)
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a confident and addictive reminder of why Monkey Ball was so popular back in the day. It truly feels like a celebration of the franchise that’s jam-packed with content, bonuses, and unlocks. Monkey Ball still holds up with addictive challenge, fantastic music and a goofy, yet endearing premise, and all of it is accentuated by small yet meaningful additions that makes it more accessible than ever before.
The Mako Reactor (Sep 29, 2021)
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a fantastic addition to the Switch's library and one of the best party games on the system. While it has a few technical issues holding it back, it is still well worth your time.
Nintenderos (Sep 29, 2021)
Así, tanto si sois uno de esos fans nostálgicos de la franquicia que añoran sus primeras entregas (consideradas por mucho las mejores) como si sois nuevos en la serie y queréis probarla, este título no os decepcionará y os brindará todo aquello que buscáis, aderezado con modos de juego adicionales y una cantidad enorme de desafíos y desbloqueables de lo más variados. Así que la elección final es vuestra, nintenderos, ¿listos para meteros en la bola y empezar a recolectar plátanos?
PCMag.com (Sep 29, 2021)
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania combines 300 stages from Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe into a single, massive package of entertaining and occasionally sadistic ball-rolling action.
Retro Gamer (Oct 28, 2021)
The result is a good game that isn't the best remake. New players will likely love it, but series veterans may find that the new physics diminish its authenticity and ultimately, the fun.
IGN France (Oct 04, 2021)
Ne reniant pas l'esprit arcade et old-school des débuts, Banana Mania est une refonte sympathique des deux jeux originaux, en lui redonnant une surcouche d'accessibilité. À réserver aux prévenus et aux nostalgiques, mais ça reste du Monkey Ball à son meilleur, en attendant une suite qui ne viendra jamais.
Nintendo Life (Sep 29, 2021)
It may not be saying much but Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is the best the series has been in almost two decades and newcomers are bound to find a lot to love. It wears its heart on its sleeve and clearly the team has true passion for the franchise. It's packed full of content, new ways to play and there are so many extras and improvements that never existed in the original. Unfortunately, the engine beneath it all isn't quite up to the job. What they've achieved with Unity simply isn't on par with the originals and while the main game is still enjoyable, many of the party games are severely hindered. Until Monkey Target returns to its former glory, we cannot truly say Super Monkey Ball is back.
ScreenRant (Sep 29, 2021)
Overall, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a competent and well-done remaster of the first three Monkey Ball console games. There are issues with how engaging those games can be, mostly due to the nature of the franchise's arcade style, so there are caveats about replayability. That said, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania makes up for that repetitiveness by including as many modes and as much variety as possible outside of its core gameplay loop, which gives both new and returning fans something to look forward to, especially thanks to the multiplayer party games from Super Monkey Ball Deluxe.
Digitally Downloaded (Oct 06, 2021)
I’m all for retro compilations giving players the option of making games more accessible, so players can set their own experience. Rewind features in old arcade shooters and platformers are great. But imagine if a retro re-release of Castlevania (or whatever) made it impossible to fall down a gap or get killed by a boss by automatically rewinding the mistake. Now imagine they gave players no way of turning that off? To deny people an inherent, defining quality of a game in favour of something that fundamentally changes the experience, without completely redesigning the game so that the new experience makes sense… Nah, it hurts this to say because I love Monkey Ball, but this is all terribe decision-making by everyone involved.
Metro.co.uk (Oct 05, 2021)
Another sub-par remaster of Super Monkey Ball that ruins the precision and elegance of the originals and replaces it with janky, unpredictable controls and shoddy presentation.

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