Jet Set Radio Returns… In Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

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    Jet Set Radio protagonist Beat, the rambunctious teen “Rudie” who skates around tagging property and pissing off the cops, is joining the notably less anti-establishment — but no less mobile — gang over on the Super Monkey Ball franchise.

    Check out the trailer above for a look at Beat as a new playable character in the upcoming Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. Funny enough, instead of collecting bananas, Beat is rolling down yellow spray paint cans.

    Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is out on October 5, 2021 for Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One. It’s described by SEGA as a “definitive remaster” of Super Monkey Ball 1, 2, and Deluxe.

    More than 300 levels have been recreated with new textures, new character models, a photo mode, online challenges, and four-player local co-op, and more. Read here for a full rundown of what pre-ordering either the physical standard or 20th anniversary edition gets you.

    Jet Set Radio, meanwhile, came out all the way back in 2000 for the SEGA Dreamcast, and got a surprise HD re-release in 2016. If you’re hoping for a reboot or proper sequel, there’s a small, small glimmer of hope. It looks like SEGA is considering sequels to Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi, according to their last financial report.

    But if you can’t wait til SEGA gets in gear, check out Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, a spiritual successor to JSR that’s being developed by the team behind Lethal League Blaze.


    Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/prime-mate for IGN.

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