Tokimeki Memorial (series)
|First release||Tokimeki Memorial
|Latest release||Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Premium: 3rd Story
Tokimeki Memorial (ときめきメモリアル Tokimeki Memoriaru?, lit. "Heartbeat Memorial") is a popular dating simulation series by Konami. It consists of 6 main games in addition to a large number of spin-offs. The games are notable in the dating sim genre for being highly nonlinear. Their nickname amongst their fans is the contraction TokiMemo.
The gameplay in Tokimeki Memorial focuses on scheduling, dating and stat-building. The player must organize his or her time between asking out members of the opposite sex and developing his or her abilities at school and sport (with the long-term goal of becoming more seductive, not out of any intrinsic value). Dates are frequent but very brief, with usually only one multiple-choice question to determine whether your partner's love meter will increase or decrease. One playthrough lasts for a fixed period of three years of high school (on the order of 5–10 hours of play), at the end of which the character with the highest love meter confesses their love.
|Tokimeki Memorial||JP||(1994)||PC Engine|
|Tokimeki Memorial: Densetsu no Ki no Shita de||JP||(1996)||Super Famicom|
|Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You||JP||(1995), (1996), (1997), (2006), (2009)||PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Store|
|Tokimeki Memorial Sports Version: Kotei no Photograph||JP||(1999)||Game Boy Color|
|Tokimeki Memorial Culture Version: Komorebi no Melody||JP||(1999)||Game Boy Color|
|Tokimeki Memorial||JP||(2004)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2||JP||(1999), (2009)||PlayStation, PlayStation Store|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2||JP||(2007)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial 3: Yakusoku no Ano Basho de||JP||(2001)||PlayStation 2|
|Tokimeki Memorial LIVE||JP||(2003)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Online||JP||(2006)||PC|
|Tokimeki Memorial 4||JP||(2009)||PSP, mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side||JP||(2002)||PlayStation 2|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 1st Love||JP||(2007)||Nintendo DS|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 1st Love Plus||JP||(2009)||Nintendo DSi|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 2nd Kiss||JP||(2006)||PlayStation 2|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 2nd Season||JP||(2008)||Nintendo DS|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 3rd Story||JP||(2010)||Nintendo DS|
|Tokimeki Memorial Private Collection||JP||(1996)||PlayStation|
|Tokimeki Memorial Oshiete Your Heart||JP||(1997)||Arcade|
|Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Puzzle-Dama||JP||(1995)||Arcade, PC, PlayStation, Sega Saturn|
|Tokimeki no Hōkago||JP||(1998)||PlayStation|
|Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Tokkae Dama||JP||(1997)||PlayStation, Sega Saturn|
|Tokimeki Memorial Selection: Fujisaki Shiori||JP||(1997)||PlayStation, Sega Saturn|
|Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series Vol. 1: Nijiiro no Seishun||JP||(1997)||PlayStation, Sega Saturn|
|Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series Vol. 2: Irodori no Love Song||JP||(1998)||PlayStation, Sega Saturn|
|Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series Vol. 3: Tabidachi no Uta||JP||(1999)||PlayStation, Sega Saturn|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Dancing Summer Vacation||JP||(2000)||PlayStation|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2 Taisen Puzzle Dama||JP||(2001)||PlayStation|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories Vol. 2: Leaping School Festival||JP||(2001)||PlayStation|
|Shiori Jan||JP||(2001)||Mobile Phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories Vol. 3: Memories Ringing On||JP||(2001)||PlayStation|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2: Music Video Clips—Circus de Ai Imashō||JP||(2002)||PlayStation 2|
|Tokimeki Memorial 2 Typing||JP||(2003)||PC|
|Tokimeki 2 Shotto||JP||(2003)||Mobile Phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1st Love Typing||JP||(2004)||PC|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Taisen Puzzle Dama||JP||(2004)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Typing||JP||(200?)||?|
|Tokimeki Memorial Desktop Accessories||JP||(200?)||?|
|Tokimeki Factory Vol.1: Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side||JP||(2005)||PC|
|Tokimeki Factory Vol.2: Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side||JP||(2005)||PC|
|Tokimeki Factory : Tokimeki Memorial 2||JP||(2006)||PC|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Kiss Typing||JP||(2007)||PC|
|Tokimeki Memorial OnlyLove ~ Tokimeki no Partner ~||JP||(2007)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side -Love Stories-||JP||(2008)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Mail Drama||JP||(2008)||mobile phones|
|iW Toki Memo||JP||(2009)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Season: Novell Communications||JP||(2009)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Mobile||JP||(2010)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial 4: Communication Comic||JP||(2010)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial 4 Chu!||JP||(2010)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial 4: Communication Comic||JP||(2010)||mobile phones|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Premium: 3rd Story||JP||(2012)||PlayStation Portable|
|Tokimeki Restaurant||JP||(2013)||iOS, Android|
|Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Batterīu~ijetto||JP||(2014)||iOS, Android|
|Tokimeki Memorial: Only Love|
|ときめきメモリアル Only Love|
|Written by||IZUMI, Makoto, KONAMI, Konami Digital Entertainment, SETA Kaito|
|Published by||Media Works|
|Original run||2007 – ongoing|
|Tokimeki Memorial 4: Stand by Me|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
Two manga series were released.
In 2006, Tokimeki Memorial Online was adapted into a 25 episode anime TV series, Tokimeki Memorial Only Love, produced by Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. and Anime International Company (AIC) and based on Tokimeki Memorial Online, which premiered across Japan on October 2, 2006.
In 2009, an Original Animation adaptation of Tokimeki Memorial 4 called "Hajimari no Finder" directed by Hanyuu Naoyasu was produced by Asahi Production.
Spin-offs and merchandise
Tokimeki Memorial spin-offs and merchandise include:
- Numerous related video games:
- Two puzzle games based on the first game: Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Puzzle Dama (released in arcades, for Windows 95, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn) and Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Tokkae Dama (released for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The former was released on the PlayStation Store on January 13, 2010.
- One puzzle game based on the second game: Tokimeki Memorial 2 Puzzle Dama (released for the PlayStation.)
- The Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories series, consisting of three games (each game focuses on three of the girls from Tokimemo 2 with the exception of the last game which focuses on four girls). The games are highly regarded for the mini-games in each game. The first game in the series, Dancing Summer Vacation focuses on Miyuki Kotobuki, Kaori Yae and the series' first (and so far, only) set of twins, Miho Shirayuki & Maho Shirayuki. The mini game for this game revolves around one of Konami's other famous game series, Dance Dance Revolution using remixed Tokimeki Memorial 1 and 2 songs. The second game ("Leaping School Festival") focuses on Ichimonji Akane, Akai Homura and Ijuuin Mei. Unlike the other two Substories games there are three mini games in this game (one for each girl). The final game in the series, "Memories Ringing On" focuses on Hikari Hinomoto, Kasumi Asou, Kotoko Minazuki and Kaedeko Sakura. There are two mini games in this game (Bowling and Billiards). Most girls appear in each game and can also be won but the characters that are not at the center of the game do not get as much story as the main heroines of the corresponding game.
- Tokimeki Memorial 2 Music Video Clips: Circus de Aimashou ("Let's Meet At The Circus") which was released on the PlayStation 2. The game concentrates on 5 girls from the Tokimeki Memorial 2 game (the girls being Sumire Nozaki, Hikari Hinomoto, Kasumi Asou, Kaori Yae, Homura Akai and Mei Ijuuin). Essentially being a collection of mini-games revolving around Sumire, you are able to choose one of the aforementioned girls before competing in the mini-games and if you then play through and win the mini-games you are treated to an animated music video set to one of the chosen girl's image songs.
- Tokimeki Memorial Private Collection (for the PlayStation, featuring a mini-game where you pick one of the girls from Tokimemo 1 to be your partner and she would ask you questions based on TokiMemo 1 (the questions would revolve around the girl—i.e.: what's her birthday, phone number, favorite items etc.). If you answer 10 questions correctly you are able to go to the beach with her and see her in her outfit.
- Tokimeki no Houkago, a quiz game for the PlayStation where you pick one of the other female characters from Tokimemo 1 as your partner and try to win her. Unlike the Private Collection game this game contains questions on general real life topics (and not the actual Tokimeki series) of the time (sport, manga, books etc.). This is the only time in the game's series (for Tokimeki Memorial 1–3) where you can also win with a male character. You can pick Yoshio Saotome (the info otaku where you get all the information on the girls) as your partner. There is an ending with him where you both make a promise to each other to find a girlfriend. Essentially this is like the "Bad Ending" from Tokimemo 1 only with pictures added. Also this game expands on the endings from Tokimemo 1 somewhat in that you get to see pictures of them (with some slight animation) corresponding to their endings. For example, Ayako Katagiri wants to go to Paris to go to an art school. Her ending involves you seeing her off at the airport (accompanied by a picture).
- Tokimeki Memorial Selection—Fujisaki Shiori, a game devoted to Shiori Fujisaki, the main heroine from Tokimemo 1. There is not much gameplay involved, as the game consists of an image gallery, two animated music videos and a mini game where you play Rock, Paper, Scissors with Shiori.
- A series of three romantic drama/adventure games, or visual novels, were also released for the PlayStation and the Sega Saturn, each one focusing on a specific girl from TokiMemo 1. The first was Nijiiro no Seishun ("Rainbow-colored Youth",) featuring Saki Nijino, who cheers you on as you spend the game trying to make it on the school soccer team's main line up. The second game, Irodori no Love Song ("The Many Hues of a Love Song"), focused on Katagiri Ayako with the player trying to compose a new song in time to win the school festival's band contest. The third and final drama game was Tabidachi no Uta ("Poem of Journeys") and featured both Shiori Fujisaki and Miharu Tatebayashi sharing a similar story about the player running a marathon just before graduation that branches off into different directions depending on which girl you choose to pursue. The Drama series were developed by Hideo Kojima (of Metal Gear fame).
- A live action movie loosely associated with the first game.
- In episode #13 of GameCenter CX (known as "Retro Game Master" outside of Japan), Shinya Arino, the host of the show, played through the PlayStation version of the game and successfully cleared it.
- "Tokimeki Memorial Pocket Release Information for Game Boy Color". GameFAQs. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- "Tokimeki Memorial 2 Taisen Pazurudama for PS". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- "Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories 3: Memories Ringing On for PS". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- "Tokimeki Memorial 2: Music Video Clips: Circus de Ai Imashou for PS2". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- Jones, Tim (November 6, 2006). "Tokimeki Memorial". T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- "Hideo Kojima Speaks". IGN. December 12, 2000. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tokimeki Memorial.|
- Tokimeki Memorial Official Japanese Site
- Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Livejournal Community
- Tokimeki Memorial Webring
- Tokimeki Media: A Tokimemo Multimedia Site