hold on you vultures I installed a remote battery holder when I acquired the game. No worries there.
I don't think I was clear; the Freeze Ball setting is not being changed to "off". It is still set to "Auto". HOWEVER, it is behaving as off. This means while set to "Auto" there is no ball save during the start of any ball (multi-balls still has a ball save) This behavior popped out of nowhere after working as expected for months. My scores and settings are completely intact, so it seems unlikely to be a battery issue, correct?
I am curious how the game calculates "Auto" save times and how it can be reset.