Fuji TV revealed that Game Center CX will feature Super Monkey Ball as its first title from Nintendo GameCube. This will be the first time Shinya Arino will play on the platform for the show, as it has not appeared even in prior special episodes.
Super Monkey Ball is a party platform video game that Sega published as one of the launch titles for Nintendo GameCube. It also received attention as Sega’s first title on a Nintendo home console. The newest game in the series, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, includes stages from this game, its sequel, and the Deluxe compilation.
The long-running Japanese retro gaming show has a rule that only allows games from consoles that have been released for over twenty years in Japan. In May 2021, Fuji TV confirmed that it could add titles from PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance in the new season.
Shinya Arino played The Earth Defense Force as the show’s first regular PlayStation 2 title for the 325th episode on October 14, 2021. He continued playing on the same platform with the PS2 port of Tokyo Bus Guide in the 326th episode on October 28, 2021.
Game Center CX airs bi-weekly at Fuji TV One. The 329th episode featuring the GameCube title Super Monkey Ball will broadcast on December 9, 2021, at 24:00 JST (10 AM ET).