Classic dating sim Tokimeki Memorial available in English for the first time

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It’s hard to overstate the influence Tokimeki Memorial had on the dating sims and visual novels that followed. Konami’s 1994 visual novel took the social simulation mechanics of games like Princess Maker and applied them to high school, with the protagonist as a college student who must balance brutal amounts of study and exercise with a life. hyperactive social.

Notably, Tokimeki Memorial writer Koji Igarashi was helped to make the high school dating experience more authentic by his then-girlfriend, another Konami employee who worked on Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. (Igarashi used the success of Tokimeki Memorial as a springboard to switch series, becoming an assistant director, writer, and programmer on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.)

After its release on PC Engine in 1994, Tokimeki Memorial was ported to Windows 95 as well as consoles such as PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and Super Nintendo. It is this latest version that is finally available in English thanks to SNES patchers Translated.Gameswho spent the last year working there.

Under the name of Heartthrob Memorial: Under the Tree of Legends, they’ve released a patch that you can add to the game in an emulator like Snes9x, which will not only replace the text with English, but also add a few things from the original PC Engine that the SNES port was missing – an animated intro as well as voiced confession scenes and an ending song. They even smoothed the speed at which the tiled background scrolls, bless them.

If you’re still curious about Tokimeki Memorial and why it’s important, last year game reviewer Tim Rogers made a great video about it, and it’s well worth your time – if your time were to include nearly six free hours. (The video is separated into episodes, and the “let’s play” episodes in the middle can be skipped by design if you want to cut more than two hours off that runtime.)

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