Maximum Tune 5 Now Officially Available In The USA/Canada

The moment that Maximum Tune fans in the West have been waiting for is finally here as Bandai Namco Amusements has announced that Maximum Tune 5 is now shipping.

They will also be announcing locations where you can find the game on Twitter:

#MaximumTune5 shipments are going out! Follow us on Twitter for location updates!

— Bandai Namco AM (@BandaiNamcoAM) February 15, 2017

As previously noted on the site, there are some differences between this and the overseas version – the US one does not carry the Wangan Midnight license in the name; the cabinet is a modified version of the Mario Kart Arcade GP DX cab and this does not currently run the latest MT update, 5DX+. Also, if you happen to have one of the game data cards from a previous Maximum Tune (3, 3DX, 4, etc.), those WILL NOT work on 5 as Namco wants everyone to start on the same playing field. The game is online however, allowing for various features through the Banapassport system. Much of this was covered at IAAPA 2016, as you can see in this video in case you missed it:

I’m very curious to see how this one does on the market out there as it is pretty much the opposite of a casual racing game like Cruis’n Blast. That market performance will certainly help determine the future of the series and possibly the Western future of rival series such as Initial D (Taiwanese technical racers like Speed Driver never really went anywhere here) It’s an exciting time to be a fan of arcade racing games!