Tokimeki Memorial 2
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Released back in 1999 for the original PlayStation, Tokimeki Memorial 2 is a dating sim from Konami that sadly only ever got an official release in Japan, despite a small yet passionate following in the west. Now, though, a fan translator called Tom (@Retrotranslator on Twitter) has announced they are working on an English translation patch for the game, which will hopefully mean more people will finally be able to check it out.

Tokimeki Memorial 2 (Or Heartthrob Memorial 2 as the title has been translated) puts the player in the role of a high school student as they attempt to romance and date a bunch of their female counterparts. The base game came on 5 CDs and featured a remarkable Emotional Voice System (E.V.S) that allowed you to use voice synthesis to have one of the girls speak your name while playing.

Only two girls were able to take advantage of this feature in the base game, but Konami released further CDs via the Tokimeki Memorial 2 magazine Hibikino Watcher that provided the EVS data for the other characters.

Tom had previously tried to create a fan translation for Tokimeki Memorial 2 over a decade ago with the hacker Kingcom, but is now working on the patch with another hacker called xyz. xyz has a bit of history with the series having previously done assembly hacking for a fan translation patch for Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Premium: 3rd Story on PSP.

As for when the translation is coming, Tom says, "Don't hold your breath", as there's still a lot of work to be done. Nevertheless, it's encouraging to hear that people are on the job and working to bring this game to a wider audience. It's bound to be a bit of an involved process, given how much text is involved, so we can only applaud their effort. We'll try and bring you updates on the project as it develops.

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