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Yakuza creator features in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania theme song

Toshihiro Nagoshi surprises fans with his inclusion in the theme song for Banana Mania.

SEGA revealed the theme song for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania during their presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2021.

The Banana Fritters sing the new song, titled “Hello Banana!!” The three members of the group consist of voice actors from Super Monkey Ball. One member is Koichi Yamadera, who voices Dr. Bad-Boon. Another member is the voice of Jet, Toshihiko Seki. The final member is Noriko Hidaka. She is the voice of AiAi, MeeMee, Baby and YanYan. During the presentation, the three also discuss their approach to voicing these iconic characters.

In addition, the theme song features guest vocals from other prominent members of SEGA. Two standout appearances include Banana Mania producer Masao Shirosaki and Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi.

Amid the rumors of Nagoshi leaving SEGA to join NetEase, his involvement in the song may come as a surprise. However, his inclusion in the guest ensemble was certainly welcome. In addition to creating Yakuza, Nagoshi is also responsible for the Super Monkey Ball franchise.

The guest ensemble for the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania theme song also features a variety of members from the game’s development team. When the Banana Fritters return to continue the chorus, they are decked out in full banana costumes. Overall, the theme song “Hello Banana!!” is a fun tune that feels like a celebration of all the hard work that went into the game. You can watch the entire video clip below. The theme song for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania begins around the 11:45 mark.

Official reveal of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania theme song

About Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania releases today, October 5 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC. Banana Mania is the remastered collection of the original three games in the series. In addition to the game’s original cast, Banana Mania features a variety of guest characters from other franchises. You can learn more about Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania by reading our official review.

Have your played Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania yet? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Sam Fronsman

A writer with a love for video games, both new and old. A collector of games, CDs and DVDs. Can sometimes be found behind a camera or playing guitar. The X-Men games for SEGA Genesis will always hold great memories.
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