Classic Sonic revealed as bonus character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

SEGA has officially announced that Sonic the Hedgehog is an unlockable character in the upcoming Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. The news was previously leaked when the achievements were revealed, which we reported on. However, it was unknown at the time that SEGA opted to go with the classic design, and interestingly SEGA’s press release does not use the “Classic Sonic” descriptor, instead just calling him “Sonic the Hedgehog”, perhaps signaling that they are moving away from using Classic and Modern labels. It is unknown how Sonic is unlocked, and in our experience with the game no prompt is given telling players what objectives must be satisfied.

Selecting Sonic will change all bananas to rings, and sound effects will be replaced by classic Sonic sounds. Also revealed are alternate costumes for the monkey characters, including a pirate Aiai. You can see the new costumes and Sonic in the trailer above!

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8 responses to “Classic Sonic revealed as bonus character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

  1. This makes me REALLY wanna Nintendo Switch. But I’m better off buying the Lite version, since it’s cheaper.

    • Eccles says:

      Why Switch? You’re talking like it’s an exclusive, it’s on everything, Xbox One, PS4 and PC as well.

    • me says:

      Do not buy the Lite, Lite gives up on many features and you miss out on a bunch of titles (a handful of switch games is incompatible with handheld mode). Really not worth it, the price difference isn’t even that big. Save up a bit more money and go for the fully featured Switch if you want one.

  2. Tayze Bell says:

    Certainly an interesting addition. I think I might have preferred a character like Billy Hatcher or something, but I digress, this is neat.

  3. M1DW4Y says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I think this is cool and all; But I wish we had more outfits for the monkeys.

  4. Simple Eccels, I don’t have neither consoles. The Switch is the cheapest thing I know to get as of now. Am I wrong? I would love to get my hands on a PS4 though…

  5. soap says:

    Ugh… Why do they insist on shoehorning classic Sonic into everything… the inclusion of Classic Sonic single-handedly ruined Sonic Forces, now the cancer has spread into another franchise.
    It’s about time Sega moved away not from “Classic” and “Modern” labels, but from nostalgia-baiting altogether. It doesn’t work when they do it, they don’t understand why it worked with Generations and Mania. Generations was the only instance where classic Sonic was actually good, and even then classic Sonic sections were vastly inferior to modern sections. Just drop it, Sega. Please. Make something original. Embrace the current Sonic design instead of alienating it and putting it only in olympics shovelware while your 1st party games get the bastard child that is the classic Sonic nobody cares about.

  6. Stephen says:

    This is great… and a natural inclusion with Monkey Ball’s Sonic origins.

    Anyhow …can you use your Mii in this also ?( …or the original for that matter? )

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