A fellow going by the handle “Nargrakhan” has started a letter writing campaign to Konami in the hopes that they will release Tokimeki Memorial 4 in English. The campaign website includes a synopsis of the game and character descriptions, as well as a FAQ section for common questions regarding the campaign.
Tokimeki Memorial is a fairly popular dating simulation franchise in Japan. In the first game in the series, the player selects the schedule for the male protagonist and the goal is to win the heart of one of the girls at his school. This franchise has expanded to a “Girl’s Side” spin-off series as well, where the player controls a girl whose goal is to win the affection of a guy. One direct-to-video animated adaptation exists of the original game, and an animated series based on the massively multiplayer online version of the game (which, by the way, flopped) also aired a few years back. Tokimeki Memorial 4 is the latest iteration in this series and was released in Japan for the PlayStation Portable at the end of 2009. The new iteration improves on the speech system from the older games, allowing the heroines to more naturally call out to the protagonist, and a video camera accessory can also be used with the game.
Tokimeki Memorial, the first game, had been the target of several attempts at fan translation, but none of those projects have come to fruition. Issues varied from the extraordinary length of text compared to the other console games being fan translated in the ROM hacking community, to hacking issues for the PlayStation version. The inability to play Tokimeki Memorial in English was actually one of the reasons behind the creation of Shira Oka, an original English dating simulation game.