Trivia / Wangan Midnight

  • Actor Allusion: The driver of Blackbird, Tatsuya Shima, is voiced by Shinichiro Miki, the same person who voiced Takumi Fujiwara from Initial D. With this in mind, several people went into WMG territory, suggesting the tofu delivery boy from Gunma grew out of his Toyota and moved into Tokyo, became a surgeon and races a Porsche.
  • Bad Export for You: The international version of Maximum Tune removes the Gemballa-tuned Porsches, as Namco didn't want to pay Porsche's, and by extension Gemballa's, legendary multi-hundred-million-dollar licensing fees to have them available outside of the Japanese version.
    • Averted for the first time in the English version of Maximum Tune 4, which retains most of the non-Japanese cars that have already been released for original Japanese version. Unfortunately, regarding Maximum Tune 4 and beyond...see No Export for You below.
    • Played straight with Early Installment Weirdness for the English version of Maximum Tune 5 might as well be called Maximum Tune 4 DX due to many features from the Japanese version of 5 being gutted out of the English version while adding new features not available in Japanese versions. This has yet to be addressed in Maximum Tune 5 DX.
    • So the US is finally getting Maximum Tune 5.. Never mind that other regions has reached 5DX+ at this point, which means the US is two versions behind Asia and Australia, but also the card porting service will not be revived for the market. US players will have to restart from scratch...
  • Dueling Games: With Initial D Arcade Stage, and winner of the duel.
  • Name's the Same:
  • No Export for You:
    • Manga: Not a single company in North America has expressed interest in picking up either the anime or the manga. However, an official Chinese translation of the manga is available in Taiwan.
    • The original Wangan Midnight arcade game, and the console entries.
    • The English versions of Maximum Tune 4 and 5 are currently only available in various English-speaking countries in Southeast Asia (eg. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, etc.). This is despite the card transfer event that lets players transfer their cards from Maximum Tune 3DX+ to Maximum Tune 4 ending in October 2013, so if Maximum Tune 4 (or 5) ever gets in other markets, players in those markets will have to start all over again.
      • The curse is finally broken, certain US arcades finally got Maximum Tune 5... In 2017. But as mentioned above... Yeah, see Bad Export For You above. Sadly tho, the game remains NEFY for Europe and the UK.
  • Unix: The arcade cabinets of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 and 5 runs a distribution of Linux called "Arcade Linux Live". Given that the game runs on the Namco ES series PC-based hardware, this is hardly surprising.
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