New video game hardware? New Super Monkey Ball! Confirming this weekend's leak, Sega has officially announced that Super Monkey Ball—arguably as reliable as death and taxes—is coming to the PlayStation Vita in early 2012.

Monkey Ball mainstays AiAi, MeeMee, Baby and GonGon return for the umpteenth version of Sega's tilt-and-tumble action game, bringing with them some very familiar looking gameplay. But the PS Vita version of Super Monkey Ball promises to "[take] full advantage of the capabilities offered by the innovative new Vita handheld console"

Presumably, Sega's means dual analog, touchscreen-based and tilt controls for the Vita version will make playing Super Monkey Ball on the go interesting again, along with the four player Wi-Fi-based multiplayer. Additionally, the publisher touts "all-new worlds, original mini-games and updated graphics."

Don't be surprised if Super Monkey Ball pops up at this week's Vita-heavy Tokyo Game Show, which Kotaku will be all over like ugly on an ape.


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