Japanese Dating Sim Games

Japanese dating simulations allow players to take part in fictional nights out with a female or male counterpart.
Each game challenges players to hold the interest of and impress their dates. Games also bring players to a variety of environments to meet people, including school, jobs and extracurricular activities.

Love Plus

"Love Plus," released for the Nintendo DS in 2009, is a single-player game that lets players act as a male student in a new school.
Players can interact with girls in a variety of ways and choose a compatible match from three classmates. A later version titled "Love Plus-Plus" adds new ways of interaction and new items.

Tokimeki Memorial 3

"Tokimeki Memorial 3" is the third installment in a dating sim series from Konami.
The game was released for the Sony PlayStation 2 in 2001. The game displays cell-shaded characters and advanced animation for the genre. Players must learn to balance schedules and develop relationships. The game is appropriate for players age 12 and older.

KimiKiss

"KimiKiss," released for PS2 in 2006, features a protagonist who has yet to receive his first kiss.
Within 30 days in the game, you must begin a relationship with a female classmate and reach the ultimate goal of a kiss. Icons that appear with each female character show the interests of the girl. Players must cultivate the relationship with the chosen girl.

Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side First Love

"Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side First Love" flips a genre that usually focuses on a male protagonist and lets players control a female student looking for a companion.
Players must choose the right clothes and attitude to lure the attention of other characters. The Nintendo DS game features multiple male students to choose from and several areas to explore.

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