Sonic & Tails Roll Around at the Speed of Sound in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

They've got places to go.

More guest characters have been revealed for Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, and this time it’s Sega’s favorite blue dude and his two-tailed fox friend Sonic & Tails.

Both characters’ appearance is based on the “classic” iteration seen in the early 2D entries of the series, as well as in Sonic Generations and Sonic Forces where two versions of both Sonic and Tails appeared due to some time travel nonsense, making the design changes the characters saw in 3D games represent two distinct characters. Playing as either character turns the collectible bananas in Banana Mania into the Sonic the Hedgehog rings.

Check out the trailer for Sonic & Tails below:

Before Sonic & Tails, Sega also revealed that Beat from Jet Set Radio will be making an appearance as a playable guest character, as well. Playing as Beat turns bananas into spray paint cans seen in Jet Set Radio and its sequel Jet Set Radio Future.

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In other Sonic the Hedgehog news, Idris Elba is voicing Knuckles the Echidna in the upcoming live-action movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2. And that’s just a good time for all of us. The first movie was a pretty good surprise, so here’s hoping the sequel lives up to its predecessor.

All of this is coming as part of the series’ 30th-anniversary celebration. And the whole thing has been delightful, especially the Sonic Symphony concert, which I’ve been rewatching/listening to several times since it premiered back in June. I even bought the King Ice Shadow the Hedgehog necklace because someone has to put respect on the best hedgehog’s name. Because Sega sure isn’t going to.