The tuning card is the method of saving data in the Wangan Midnight Series of arcade video games. These cards use a magnetic system to record the driver name, type of car, and many more things.
Getting a cardEdit
After a player inserts their credits into the machine, the game will ask if the player already has a tuning card. If the player does not, the game will ask the player if they'd like to buy one (at the cost of another credit).
At the end of all single player and some multiplayer races, the game asks a player whether they'd like to continue racing, which will cost one more credit. If the player responds "No" or takes too long to insert the credit, their tuning card is ejected.
The follwing information is stored on a tuning card:
- Driver Name
- Card Number
- Car Type
- Story Mode Progress
- Manual/Automatic Transmission setting
- Retire setting
- Volume level
- Tachometer setting
- BGM settings (including unlocked BGMs)
Each Tuning Card will expire after 60 games, at which point the driver will be prompted to renew the same card. Once a card is renewed, the old card is ejected. When players reach episode 20 or later, the old card has a ability to create two cards. If not, the old card says Used. See:discarded tuning card
New system Edit
Since the launch of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4, Bandai Namco renewed their card system by introducing Banapassport card, an RFID tag-based card that can be used to store data from compatible Bandai Namco games. Players now have to tap instead of inserting their cards to the designated reader. It also has greater storage capacity than the old card, enabling players to store multiple cars in one card, rather than one card for each car. In order to successfully autosave a progress, the card has to be within close range with the machine until a "save successful" message appears.
The discarded data mechanism is also changed. Now, the discarded data will show in the form of a tuning card icon. Once the player obtains this, they can transfer the data to a friend who owns a Banapassport card using the Wangan Terminal. The transfer should be done with the receiver present. This allows the receiver to receive a 600 HP/B car and skips Story Mode to Chapter 20, The Akasaka Straight (2nd Half).
Aside from Banapassport cards, players can buy WMMT-only cards either in the machine or using a separate Wangan Terminal.
Shortly after the release of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4, the players can able to transfer their tuning cards from Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3DX+ in the Wangan Terminal to transfer their cards into a Banapassport to resume progress with their cars. However, the transfer service was ended in 2013 and the North American release of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 would not have this feature, rendering their tuning cards in that region useless, prompting players to start all over again from scratch.
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