It's been a heck of a long time since we've heard anything regarding Super Monkey Ball. SEGA's arcade classic last made an appearance on PlayStation with PS Vita's Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz, and that was nearly seven years ago. However, it's been discovered that the publisher has recently filed a new trademark, and it's got fans all excited.
Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball has been trademarked in Japan, and this of course has led to the conclusion that a new game in the series is on the way. While that's certainly possible, we'd maybe hold fire on the hype until we know a lot more. "Tabegoro" apparently means "ripe," "in season," or "good to eat." This is purely speculation on our part, but could this be a remaster of some kind?
Whatever the case, it's very early days, and this may turn out to be nothing. It'd be great to see the return of AiAi and his chums -- let's wait and see if anything comes of this.