Sega revealed the official theme song for the upcoming release of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, which features vocals from Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi as well as Banana Mania producer Masao Shirosaki, among many others. The Banana Fritters sing the song. The trio consists of prominent voice actors who also voiced several characters in the Super Monkey Ball remake. [Thanks, Gamer!]
Titled “Hello Banana!!” the new theme song debuted at the Sega Atlus Tokyo Game Show 2021 presentation. Banana Fritters members Koichi Yamadera (who voices Dr. Bad-Boon), Noriko Hidaka (who voices AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, and YanYan), and Toshihiko Seki (who voices Jet) discussed their approach to voicing the iconic Super Monkey Ball characters. Notably, the trio also sang the theme song for the previous Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, “BANANA~NA in Love.”
During the reveal of the official theme song, various important members of Sega appeared in the recording booth to sing along as part of the chorus. Among them were Yakuza and Super Monkey Ball creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, as well as the current series producer Masao Shirosaki and members of the development team. Additionally, the clip shows the Banana Fritters trio wearing banana costumes in the recording studio.
You can check out the official Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania theme song below (song starts at the 11:45 mark):
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is an HD remastered collection of past Super Monkey Ball titles, including Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. In addition to all of the levels included in said games, it will also feature DLC characters from Sonic, Jet Set Radio, and Yakuza. If you’re interested in reading more about the game, you can also check out our official review.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will debut on October 5, 2021, for the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam.