Tokimeki Memorial (series)

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Tokimeki Memorial
Genres Dating sim
Developers Konami
First release Tokimeki Memorial
1994
Latest release Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Premium: 3rd Story
2012

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.

Game list[edit]

Original Title
Regions
First
Release
First
Platform
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)[1] Game Boy Color
Tokimeki Memorial Culture Version: Komorebi no Melody JP (1999)[1] 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)[2] 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)[3] PlayStation
Tokimeki Memorial 2: Music Video Clips—Circus de Ai Imashō JP (2002)[4] PlayStation 2
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Typing[citation needed] 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[citation needed] JP (200?)  ?
Tokimeki Memorial Desktop Accessories[citation needed] 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[citation needed] 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

Related media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Tokimeki Memorial: Only Love
ときめきメモリアル Only Love
Manga
Written by IZUMI, Makoto, KONAMI, Konami Digital Entertainment, SETA Kaito
Published by Media Works
Original run 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 2
Tokimeki Memorial 4: Stand by Me
ときめきメモリアル4
Manga
Written by Pairan
Published by ASCII Media Works
Published 2010
Volumes 3
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Two manga series were released.

Anime[edit]

In 1999, a two-episode anime OVA based on the first game was produced by Studio Pierrot.[5]

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[edit]

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.[6]
    • 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).[7]
  • 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.

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