Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania characters list, how to unlock and when DLC characters will be available

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania's character list is the most extensive in the series to date.

For a game based on the GameCube originals and the Deluxe collection, it's interesting to see the series branch out with something new; the addition of guest stars from other franchises.

Some of these will arrive as DLC characters at launch and in the weeks following release, while others - such as Sonic, Kazuma and Beat from Jet Set Radio - will be unlockable from the get go.

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Kazuma Kiryu (from Yakuza) in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania.

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania unlockable characters list

Below is the list of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania characters available in the game regardless of which version you purchase, including those which require unlocking first:

  • AiAi (already unlocked)
  • MeeMee (already unlocked)
  • Baby (already unlocked)
  • GonGon (already unlocked)
  • YanYan (already unlocked)
  • Doctor (already unlocked)
  • Jam (costs 5,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • Jet (costs 5,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (costs 5,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • Miles 'Tales' Prower (costs 5,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • Kazuma Kiryu (from Yakuza) (costs 5,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • Beat (from Jet Set Radio) (costs 5,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • C. AiAi (costs 3,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • W. MeeMee (costs 3,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • A. Baby (costs 3,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • F. GonGon (costs 3,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • P. YanYan (costs 3,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • R. Doctor (costs 3,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • Baby Robo (costs 3,000 Bananas in Point Shop to unlock)
  • Golden AiAi (collect all bananas in Golden Banana Mode)

In short - the core roster is already available, guest characters cost 5,000 Bananas while additional series characters cost 3,000 Bananas each.

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Kazuma, Beat, Sonic and Golden AiAi are all unlockable characters in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania.

Bananas - the game's main currency - are acquired in a variety of ways. Picking them up in stages is one of them, but the most lucrative source is completing missions, which are mini-objectives across every mode in the game - such as completing stages in a myriad of ways, finishing modes, playing mini-games and so on.

Unlocking the above list of characters won't take long at all - by the time we completed World 5 in the Story we already had 35,000 Bananas, which was enough to unlock every guest character in the game.

Beyond that, Golden AiAi might take a little longer to unlock - with the Golden Banana Mode available as in the Point Shop for 20,000 Bananas.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania DLC character list: Release dates for Morgana, Hello Kitty and Suezo

Alongside characters already available in the game, there are a handful only available by purchasing the Deluxe Edition, and / or as standalone DLC in the weeks following the game's release.

Note that you may have to visit your system's store (eShop, Xbox Live, PSN, Steam) to purchase the following as, depending on your platform, there will be no in-game purchasing option.

Classic Character Pack (£3.99 / €4.99 / $4.99, or as part of the Digital Deluxe edition - available October 5th, 2021)

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Sega Legends Pack (£3.99 / €4.99 / $4.99, or as part of the Digital Deluxe edition - available October 5th, 2021)

Hello Kitty (£3.99 / €4.99 / $4.99 - available October 5th, 2021)

Suezo (£3.99 / €4.99 / $4.99 - available October 19th, 2021)

Morgana (£3.99 / €4.99 / $4.99 - available November 2nd, 2021)

Though Sega hasn't made any further announcements, it's possible more characters will be coming to the game in the future. The chances of Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue making an appearance is slim - but one can only hope...

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