WMMT6 Announced! Speculative Logo Analysis

Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 teaser logo
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 teaser logo

Hello. It's been over a year since I updated this site at all. For the people who still frequent the website, thank you! Your patronage is what motivated me to start up with content again.

And what better way to get back into the swing of things then the announcement of the next game in the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune series: Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6!

A teaser site was made live about a week ago on the Japanese site for Maximum Tune 5DX+. The teaser shows the new logo above, which I personally absolutely adore the design of. Though it may be a placeholder logo until a more refined one for POP advertising is designed.

The teaser site also lists a date and a message in English, which seems to confirm that the WMMT team is well aware that the news was going to spread to the International community of players.

On the 25th of January, 2018, a few hours from the time I'm writing this, more information will be released regarding the game. If I had to guess, they are either going to reveal the new cabinet design, if any, and some of the major new content such as courses or vehicles, or perhaps even a new game mode.

But almost immediately, something about the logo intrigued me.

If you look at all the other previous version of the game, especially when they are announced, the logo is very rarely this graphically busy.

There's a lot going on in this new Maximum Tune 6 logo, most notably the white tire marks in the background in the shape of Japan's famous expressway junctions or JCTs.

But why place focus on JCTs in particular? I started to think that maybe this is just a visual flair and wasn't trying to hint at anything. But then I noticed how specific the design of the number 6 was. Was it supposed to look like the Maxi G symbol? Whitzwolf from the WMMT Discord community mentioned that, and at first I definitely saw the resemblance.

But I think it points to a new JCT opening, particularly the Hakozaki JCT, which New Belt Line clockwise and counter-clockwise currently use. On the time attack routes, you take an exit left to briefly drive on route 6 Mukojima.

It would be the perfect route to open to link the C2 circular routes with the C1 inner circular routes. Potentially making Tokyo area totally branchable!

I will update this article as soon as more information is available.

The plot thickens: WMMT6 Promotional Poster.

WMMT6 Promo Poster

WMMT5DX+ International Features Rundown

Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5DX+ INT logo
Do the new cars have dress up?
Well, kind of. Its getting a little complicated in terms of what actually gets dress up and what doesn't. Below is a list of the new cars and their specific dress up limitations. WMMT5DX+ Lamborghini Aventador WMMT5DX+ Honda NSX NC1WMMT5DX+ Lamborghini Countach WMMT5DX+ Honda NSX NA1
Are Maxi Net Services Available?
Currently no. But the terminal has been updated with 2 buttons that give us hope that it may be introduced in a future patch.
WMMT5DX+International First Patch Terminal

Photo: Kevin B.

WMMT5DX+International First Patch Terminal

Photo: Kevin B.

New Course: Hiroshima Expressway

WMMT5DX+ Hiroshima Expressway Course Overview

Hiroshima expressway was one of the biggest announcements to come out of Japan during their 5DX+ release. The course comes to us with both its day and night forms available right from the start, and man, what a beautiful course!

Hiroshima marks the second 640hp/HG map since Kobe barely a year ago with the release of DX.

WMMT5DX English Page Live! – Updates & Features Explained


WMMT5DX English Version Release Date Banner
Its happening! This is not a drill! The WMMT5DX English page is finally live and it doesn't dissapoint. This article will be updated and completed shortly. I've just been really busy recently. Stay tuned!

Below is a list of confirmed changes, features, and content in WMMT5DX English version patch 2.10.

Will the new cars have dress up?
Yes. All of the new cars will have full dress up. Furthermore, cars that previously didn't have dress up like the GT86, BRZ, 190E, SLS, and others will all recieve full dress up...Except the R35.
Are Maxi Net Services Available?
Currently no. But may be introduced in a future patch.
How does the new Dress Up system work?
This is probably the single biggest change in WMMT5DX. The new dress up system is perhaps the biggest change since the implementation of customisable dressup itself in WMMT3. Below is a full explanation of all the changes.

Maxi G:

Maxi G (Gold) is the new currency earned by playing online ghost battle.

Shop Grades:

Shop grades replace the dress up level bar from WMMT5. There are currently 55 dress up levels as of patch 2.10. If you are at max dress up level 105 on your car on transfer, you will start at shop grade 35, from shop grade 35 onwards are all new dress up parts.

3 New Courses

Kobe Area 'Hanshin Expressway R3 / Harbor road':
WMMT5DX English Version Hanshin Expressway R3 Harbor Road Course Map

After seeing this course teased on the Japanese website and doing a full article on it last year, it makes me so much more excited to know that we are going to be able to play it very soon! This is sure to be an insane course in every respect thanks to its unique layout and numerous kill spots for ramming in battle.

Time Attack HP: 640/HG

Sub-center Area 'Shibuya / Shinjuku Line'

WMMT5DX English Version Shibuya Shinjuku Line Course Map

Time Attack HP: 680/G

'Ikebukuro Line Yamate Tunnel'

WMMT5DX English Version Ikebukuro Line Yamate Tunnel Course Map
Time Attack HP: 700/B

11 New Cars:

WMMT5DX English Version Car Lineup 1st Update

BMW Z4 sDrive35is (E89)
Chevrolet Corvette STINGRAY (C2)
Mercedes SLK350 BlueEFFICIENCY (R172)
RUF Rt35
Subaru LEVORG 2.0GT-S EyeSight (VMG)
Subaru  WRX STI (GVB)
Mazda RX-3 (S124A)

8th International OCM Hakone Mount Taikan Information

International 8th Hakone Mount Taikan OCM WMMT5
8th Online Championship Match (Hakone Mount Taikan Up)
What is OCM?
Qualification & Main Draw Times
OCM Ghost Info
Qualifier Advantage Distances/Time

The 8th International Online Championship Match for Hakone Mount Taikan has been announced to start on the 27th of May. The course is the formidable Taikan Upwards route.

The sudden announcement of this OCM right after Japan's Taikan OCM is indicative of what we've been hoping will happen. That we can catch up with Japan and finally jump onto WMMT5DX.

Its unknown at the moment how long the OCM will go for, but this post will be updated when the information becomes available. Below is all the information you need for the event.

What is OCM?

Online Championship match, or OCM, is a special event where players from around the world race a computer ghost on a set course.

This ghost is raced during the "Qualifying Period".

The player with the highest advantage in metres over the ghost then becomes the number one ghost to beat at the start of the main draw.

The main draw ghost then gets updated 3 times a day until the end of the event. The top 100 ranking get a special plate only available to top 100 placers.

Qualification & Main Draw Times

Qualifying Period:
From 27/May/2016 6:00am - 12/June/2016 12:00am (Japan Time) 

Main Draw Period:
From 12/June/2016 6:00am - 19/June/2016 1:00pm (Japan Time)

It seems that the shortened times weren't a typo as we thought for Yaesu OCM. This gives us very little time to actually compete in this OCM.  I reccomend people convert the times above to their local time so they do not miss out.

No doubt Namco Bandai is trying to get the Taikan OCM out of the way for the release of WMMT5DX in international regions.  

OCM Ghost Info

Qualifier Ghost:
International 8th Hakone Mount Taikan OCM WMMT5 Qualifying Ghost Info

Main Draw Gameplay:

Qualifier Advantage Distances/Time

999m advantage: TBA

1100m advantage: 2"54"2xx

Cheers to Dim Kozi for the figures obtained from the video below:

Qualifying Plates:

International 8th Hakone Mount Taikan OCM WMMT5 Qualifying Plates mt

Main Draw Participation Plates:

International 8th Hakone Mount Taikan OCM WMMT5 Main Draw Plates MT

Bonus Game Braking Zones:

The braking section is mirror matched with where you end up stopping. So just brake when it's lined up with corresponding zone.

Hakone Mount Taikan Up Time Attack Video:

7th International OCM Yaesu Line Information

WMMT5 International 7th OCM Yaesu Line
7th Online Championship Match (Yaesu Inward)
What is OCM?
Qualification & Main Draw Times
OCM Ghost Info

The 7th International Online Championship Match has been announced to start on the 8th of April. This may very well be the last OCM before the big upgrade to WMMT5DX. Below is all the information you need for the event.

What is OCM?

Online Championship match, or OCM, is a special event where players from around the world race a computer ghost on a set course.

This ghost is raced during the "Qualifying Period".

The player with the highest advantage in metres over the ghost then becomes the number one ghost to beat at the start of the main draw.

The main draw ghost then gets updated 3 times a day until the end of the event. The top 100 ranking get a special plate only available to top 100 placers.

Qualification & Main Draw Times

Qualifying Period:
From 8/April/2016 6:00am to 24/April/2016 12:00am Midnight 
/Japan Time (GMT+9)

Main Draw Period:
From 24/April/2016 6:00am to 1/May/2016 11:00pm
/Japan Time (GMT+9)

It should be noted that the ending time of 1pm for the main draw on the website is more than likely a typo. Most likely the ending time is actually 11pm Japan Time which is more in line with previous ocms.  

OCM Ghost Info

7th Yaesu OCM Qualifying Ghost Info

At 680/G, the Stingray seems pretty easy to beat. Interesting to see 720hp being chosen by the player even though 700hp is optimal for TA.

The setting will definitely change in the main draw as cushioning the number one ghost becomes more and more important. There's lots of sharp corners to cushion on, so you can expect so really fast exits out of the first right corner especially.

Time Zone Conversions:

Qualifying Start Dates:

Qualifying End Dates:

Main Draw Start Dates:

Main Draw End Dates:

Qualifying Plates:

WMMT5 International 7th OCM Yaesu Line Qualifying Plates

Main Draw Participation Plates:

WMMT5 International 7th OCM Yaesu Line Main Draw Plates

Bonus Game Braking Zones:

The braking section is mirror matched with where you end up stopping. So just brake when it's lined up with corresponding zone.

Yaesu Inward Time Attack Video:

Now is the time to brush up on your Yaesu!

An Update: Site News And Future Projects


Hello readers of MaximumTune.org, Myth here. I just wanted to write a quick update to hopefully answer some questions and concerns that people have concerning the site and the infrequent updates.

So Myth, when are you gonna do more videos?

I hate to answer with just 'soon', but yeah, soon. On top of some personal stuff taking up a lot of my time, I get even less time to record voiceovers and edit videos together, because my current living situation isn't really conducive to making video content.

In fact, this update article was supposed to be an update video. I know that a lot of you (myself included) would rather watch or listen to a well put together video without having to read block text about how im not making videos. More videos are coming soon. If you have suggestions for the MT org YouTube videos. Let me know!

Hey Myth, why is the site so inconsistently designed? Why is the car page so incomplete?

This is partly due to both inexperience with site design on my part, and me underestimating the scope of this project. The moment I saw the amount of information I needed to fill in on JUST the car page, it was very confronting.

Of course it will all be done in time, but I feel terrible knowing how many views this site gets per day (average of 700 per day) and having it be some shitty half baked blog

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Only now have I found out that these stupid click to expand buttons I use everywhere on the site don't seem to work at all on iPhones using Safari. These are all going to be removed so I apologise for those affected!

Thanks to the positive reception and support from the WMMT community, I've finally started to pour some money into the site so that the site is easier to use and more functional. 

You might notice on this post and some pages that I've started to use this fancy layout which will eventually be implemented into the upcoming new theme. I hope you like it!

What happened to that mobile app you were making?
Mt comp app loading

Splash Screen Mockup

This is absolutely still going ahead and we plan to release it within the year.

Initially, the app was supposed to be a fully offline version of our site, but due to the incomplete nature of the site currently, and its layout changes, we decided to focus the app on saving and recording car stats and data. More details to come!

I have a question for people who use and enjoy my content:

What do you want to see on MaximumTune.org?

For YouTube I plan on uploading raw battle footage to fill in the gaps for the more professionally edited content, but I'm not entirely sure what you guys would like to see.

I understand groups like SOARS already produce high quality content, but what would you guys like to see from us specifically? Im open to any and all suggestions!

Let me know what you guys think. Thanks everyone for reading!

WMMT5 International & 5DX Japan Version Differences Explained


Disclaimer: The reasons and motives I will lay out for Bandai Namco’s business decisions are purely my own opinion and speculative in nature. Zero ill will is directed at them and the development team, quite the opposite actually.

WMMT5DX Attract

Thanks to Jake G for the images!

There’s quite a bit of confusion surrounding exactly what separates WMMT5 international and 5DX Japanese game versions. I thought it would be a good idea to make a post detailing every difference currently in the leadup to the international release of 5DX, and explaining why exactly this is the case in my opinion as someone who closely follows all versions of these games.

So why does Japan have so much more content than the international versions? Why do screenshots of 5DX keep popping up with content you had no idea existed? Why does their version look better? Load faster? 

There isn’t a huge amount of specific info regarding differences in the arcade hardware, but the biggest and most obvious difference is the hardware that the Japanese version of 5DX currently runs on, which then leads into why they happen to have all this extra content.

WMMT4 Rev 1.00 - 1.01

Source: http://www10.atwiki.jp/wanganmidnight/pages/1555.html

Maximum Tune 4 came out on December 15th, 2011 in Japan and ran on a custom Namco arcade system called “System ES1“.

System ES1 boots to a custom Linux Debian kernel and dual boots Windows Embedded 7 on top of that to run the game. This dual booting alongside the enhanced network support is what allowed Maximum Tune 4 to access the internet and support the banapass system. It was made to replace the now ancient Namco System N2 hardware that WMMT3 – WMMT3DX+ ran on.

When you look at the update notes for the Japanese version of WMMT4, there wasn’t a huge amount of content updates, but many bug fixes. System ES1 had been used in arcades as early as 2009, so there was pressure also for Bandai Namco to update to one of the later revisions of System ES1 so as to not breach the limitations of the hardware in regards to content, functionality, and performance.

WMMT4 Launch Galactic Circus Melbourne 22-1-2013

WMMT4 Launch Galactic Circus Melbourne 22-1-2013 (Thanks to Jake G for the photo!)

WMMT4 International version came at the very start of 2013 in January at least in Australia. We started on revision 1.01 much like Japan did, but looking at our update history suggests that the Japanese servers got more frequent revisions for bug fixes, and the international version got only 4 updates including the final 1.10 update, but each revision combined bug fixes and content updates into one. So essentially our version of WMMT4 was at parity with the Japanese version by the end of WMMT4’s lifecycle.

This is where it starts to get complicated. Not only did the development team have to distribute all the WMMT4 hardware and software to the International community, they also had to deal with the impending upgrade to System ES3 to expand the online features and content of WMMT when it came time to release WMMT5 in Japan.

Namco Umeda WMMT5 Beta Location Test Japan

Source: http://www10.atwiki.jp/wanganmidnight/pages/1571.html

This is why WMMT5 location tests in Japan started as early as 2013 and WMMT4 was shelved after barely 3 years of operation. WMMT5 was released early to test out System ES3 and the expanded features that came with it. The location tests started on October 19th, 2013 and lasted for 20 days until November 8th, 2013. The tests were held at the following locations:

Tokyo Leisureland, Akihabara
Round One, Yokohama Station
Namco Umeda (pictured above)

The version of WMMT5 played at these location tests was limited in terms of content and function. Below is a list of things observed during the location test, translated from the WMMT Japanese Wiki.

-200 yen per game. Cannot continue under any circumstances.
-In accordance with the yellow theme of WMMT5, The LED lights in the signage and cabinet housing and seats are yellow by default..
-If you use a current Banapass, the car you choose is full tuned, C4 rank with no dress up. If no Banapass is used, the car is stock.
– Story mode, ghost mode, and time attack are all playable. If no Banapass is used, ghost battle is unavailable.
-Existing cars have been rebalanced
Improvement in load times (loading screen for VS battle ends in about 3 seconds)

The most important thing here is bolded. The better loading times seen in the WMMT5 test location demo is a direct result of the System ES3 upgrade being trialled.

Since its a hardware upgrade, its much easier and faster to distribute the upgrades to arcades domestically in Japan, which is why Japan got it first. Bandai Namco had no such luxury when considering the vast international market.

WMMT4 Rev 1.10 five stars

Source: http://www10.atwiki.jp/wanganmidnight/pages/1555.html

By the end of the location test, we were on WMMT4 version 1.04 which was released on the 24th of October, 2013. The same day, Japan received the final update for WMMT4 which was version 1.10. We recieved the content from this update in update 1.09 on the 25th of June, 2014, but we weren’t officially on 1.10 until the 5th of August, 2014.

The Japanese version of WMMT5 was officially released on the 12th of March, 2014. After a short location test in Hong Kong in September 2014, the International version of WMMT5 was released on the 27th of October, 2014.

This is where the two versions were officially split up. The Japanese version of WMMT5 was running System ES3, and our version of WMMT5 was and still is currently running on System ES1. Because of this major difference in hardware, we were given an alternate version with limited content to satiate the international market for the time being. This is even referenced in the first English WMMT5 Future Lab written by series producer Kazuhiro Maeda:

“New cars and courses have also been added.
But that’s not all!
Some models differ from the Japanese specifications.
This has even managed to surprise Japanese players.
Up until now, the International Versions have always followed the Japanese specifications which means that the updates offered no surprises.
That’s why this time the Japanese and International versions are planned to differ in the order and what appears in each specification.
That said,
I hope you’ll check the updates of both the International and Japanese Versions and look forward to what might be coming in future updates.”

This confirms that our version was planned to be different from the Japanese version. In the third Future Lab news post, lead programmer Takeshi Ono references the development of WMMT5 International and Japanese version.

“Hi, everyone. Ono here.
It’s great that Wangan Maximum 5 is finally out.
I’m happy to say that this time we developed both versions simultaneously so fans outside of Japan could get the game as soon as possible. We all worked together so this could happen.”

The bolded and underlined text is the most important. Timing was very important. Bandai Namco had to plan around the roadblocks when it came to distributing new content to the international community so that we weren’t left in the dark with a seemingly outdated version.This is why we were given the Mount Taikan course before the Japanese, and exclusive european cars that they wouldn’t get until the release of 5DX.

The bottom line is that the current hardware differences and the difficulty of servicing the international community basically forced Bandai Namco to makes these changes. We are incredibly lucky as a community for Bandai Namco and the development team to continue bringing us content. The good news? WMMT5DX international version is coming very soon.

This video by Sam P of WMMT North American Community seems to suggest that WMMT5DX is coming to international sometime this year according to a conversation he had with a representative. This flew under the radar for over a month until the images below started popping up on Facebook.
WMMT5DX International Upgrade WMMT5DX International Upgrade WMMT5DX International UpgradeThe source of these images is unknown, but the quantity of the update packages seem to suggest a large scale hardware update coming soon. I’ve heard rumours regarding the release date being around June or July 2016, but it’s likely that the update will be staggered and may come out sooner or later depending on your region.

So what exactly is different about WMMT5DX currently? I’ll be writing a separate article to show and explain all the differences currently since this article is massive already. I would like to thank everyone who helped me and continue to help me gather resources and research.

6th OCM Hakone Area January 15th

Hakone OCM Splash

The 6th Online Championship Match has been announced to start on January 15th, and will be played on Hakone Outbound. This is currently only for the International version of the game, so this does not apply to people on the Indonesian version of the game. The times for qualifying period and main draw are listed below.

Qualifier: 15/1/2016 6:00am to the 30/1/2016 11:59pm - Japan Time (GMT+9)

Main Draw: 31/1/2016 6:00am to the 7/2/2016 11:00pm - Japan Time (GMT+9)

During the main draw, the fastest ghost will be updated 3 times a day, and that ghost will become the ghost you race against at the end of the tally period. During the tally, you can't play OCM for 15 minutes. The exact times these tallies happen is below:

Every day: 11:45am (approx. 15 minutes) - Japan Time (GMT+9)
Every day: 5:45pm (approx. 15 minutes) - Japan Time (GMT+9)
Every day: 11:45pm (approx. 15 minutes) - Japan Time (GMT+9)

If you need help converting these times to your specific time zone, use this tool to find out exactly when it starts and ends for your region.
The first OCM of the new year may very well be the most difficult as Hakone Outbound is arguably one of the most difficult courses in the game. The International website was updated with the participation plates you can receive for competing in the qualifier and main draw.
6th Hakone OCM Particpation Plates
There's some really nice looking participation medals for Hakone OCM, but what about the gold plate for top 100? This is where it gets confusing because we've been mainly comparing the plates you get for each OCM to what the Japanese version had.

But because the International version skipped the Yaesu OCM that Japan got to compete in before Hakone OCM, we actually have no idea what the top 100 plate for our Hakone OCM will be. This leads to a bigger investigation on how WMMT5DX will be implmented in our version, and that article is coming out soon. For now, brush up on Hakone Outbound, this might be your last chance to get a top 100 plate in our current version!