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Box artwork for Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 4.
Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 4
Developer(s)Bandai Namco Games
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Games
Year released2011
System(s)Arcade
Preceded byWangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 3 DX+
Followed byWangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 5
SeriesWangan Midnight
Japanese title湾岸ミッドナイト: マキシマムチューン4
Genre(s)Racing
Players1-4
ModesSingle player, multiplayer
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Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 4 is a racing arcade game, that was released by Bandai Namco Games in 2011; as its name suggests, it's the eighth title in the Wangan Midnight series. As in its five immediate predecessors, the name "Maximum Tune" refers to the "Maximum Tuning Memory Cards" which were dispensed by the cabinet - and data stored on a card for any of those earlier entries may also be transferred over to one for this game. Furthermore, there are fifty-three selectable cars which can be tuned up to improve the ways they look and perform (as well as what they are capable of); as in Maximum Tune 2, 3, 3 DX and 3 DX Plus it's also only possible to tune a car up in Story Mode (in which the original characters from the manga comics the games are based on shall appear as CPU-controlled opponents, and the player has to beat them in a race). Additional modes for this particular instalment include Alter-Ego Battle Mode (for which an alternate version of the player's chosen car is created and they have to race against it, and it is yet again also possible for the player to perform "Dress-Up Tuning" and change the appearance for their car here), In-Store Intrusion Match Mode (which is the new name for what was originally known as just "Intrusion Mode" for all previous titles that featured it, in which up to four people can play simultaneously when a maximum of four single-player cabinets or a pair of two-player cabinets are linked together), and Time Attack (in which the player must select a track and try to complete a full lap of it in the fastest time) - and like Maximum Tune 2, 3, 3 DX and 3 DX Plus, players can again attain "levels" according to their progress, along with "titles" determined by their style of playing (of which there are over 5000 combinations). For a fifth time, after attaining a new title (which will be shown in the screen's bottom-right corner during gameplay) the game will ask a player if they want to overwrite their current one on their Maximum Tuning Memory Card; as such, if they happen to prefer their current title that they had earned at a previous date, it's possible for them to decline. When the game was new, an arcade operator who purchased a cabinet of it would also gain an upright "Wangan Terminal" with a touch panel, which players could use for three minutes free of charge (however, if they had to use it for a longer time, they would have to insert a coin into it to continue) to check the data stored on their Memory Card and, if they so desired, replace the parts that they had received for their selected car in the game.


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