SEGA has today sent word that the Super Monkey Ball series will be returning exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. The game is currently in development over at SEGA Studio Japan. As you would expect, AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon and Baby are once again the playable characters.
A few of the old-school modes will also be returning: single-player puzzle levels, Monkey Race and Monkey Fight. Players will be able to play the last two via wireless connection with up to three other gamers. Apparently, you will also be able to control the game with either the 3DS’ motion sensor or the Slide Pad.
“The moment I saw the features of the Nintendo 3DS, I could not help thinking how perfectly Super Monkey Ball would work on this new hardware. I could quickly picture myself holding the Nintendo 3DS using the motion sensor and playing Super Monkey Ball” commented Toshiro Nagoshi, creator and developer of the Super Monkey Ball franchise. “The simple gameplay allows players to enjoy the 3D graphics to the fullest and now that we have brought this vision to life…bingo! We have our all-time favourite Super Monkey Ball experience with the new excitement of the Nintendo 3DS!”