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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Review

I can't track these changes.

It almost hurts to write that it’s been 13 years since Sega released Banana Blitz back on the Wii. At the time, I know I couldn’t have been more excited that we were about to see a Monkey Ball game that leveraged the motion capabilities of Nintendo’s hit system. However, when it finally released, I wasn’t thrilled with the results. Rather than leveraging the Wii remote in its horizontal orientation, like many other motion-centric games had, it forced you to point forward and contort your arm in awkward ways to tilt the stage. I quickly shelved the game and wrote it off as a failure. I suspect I wasn’t the only one, because after all these years Sega has released an HD remaster of the game leveraging more standard console controls using the analog stick. Unfortunately, the transition has introduced level design changes that bring things to a degree of difficulty that I’ve found to be insurmountable.

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Jak and Daxter HD Collection Officially Outed

Naughty Dog's platforming dynamic duo returns in February.

Last month we reported that there were some indications that Jak and Daxter were going to get the HD update treatment and be collected into a single package on the PlayStation 3.  Today we can confirm this rumor as Evan Wells, co-president of Naughty Dog, wrote in the Official PlayStation Blog that the Jak and Daxter Collection will make its debut in February.

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