This is basically what you’d expect from a Super Monkey Ball game cover. It has those cute monkeys you love, though this one seems to be showing more of a cut out art style. Reminds me of Kirby’s Epic Yarn sort of.
Even though Super Monkey Ball 3DS was one of the first shown and one of the first games to get gameplay footage online, it will not be a launch title for the hardware, at least in Japan. Nintendo put up their official line up of games and it excluded this title.
The title will actually launch in Japan on March 3rd, one week after the 3DS is out. Reason for this? No idea.
[Source: Famitsu & AndriaSang]
2 responses to “Super Monkey Ball 3DS Japanese boxart & release date”
Nintendo said something about not wanting to run into periods of time without new releases, so I think they're staggering things a bit.
I don't get why the 3DS logo is on the right side though. Seems odd.
I'm not sure why Sega would delay the title 1 week, though I doubt this has to do with Nintendo. When Nintendo made those comments, they were more referring to the months, or even years, after the system's launch.
For example, the Wii had a comparatively slow 2nd year.