Irem (Company)

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Irem is a Japanese video game console developer and publisher, and formerly a developer and manufacturer of arcade games as well. The company has its headquarters in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture.

The company is probably best known for Moon Patrol, the famous scrolling shooter R-Type and the earliest beat 'em up, Kung-Fu Master. They have been a popular developer in Japan with games like Photoboy for the PC Engine and In the Hunt for the arcades, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and PC. Irem is also known for making their arcade games extremely difficult, and most of them feature a dip switch that allows you to play a "no death mode" as a result, in order to allow gamers to be able to complete their tough games.

As a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Irem canceled the majority of its remaining video game projects, including Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories and Poncotsu Roman Daikatsugeki Bumpy Trot 2. Irem re-focused to become primarily a slot-machine and pachinko developer, the industry it was in before turning to video games. Its video game division was dissolved in April 2011 and many Irem designers, including producer Kazuma Kujo, gathered to form a new company called Granzella to continue creating games.

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Rating
Title
Release Date
R-Type Leo
December 31st, 1992 (26 years ago)
Arcade
Lode Runner
October 30th, 1983 (36 years ago)
NEC PC-6000 Series / FM-7 / PC-98 / Mac / PC DOS / BBC Microcomputer System / Atari ST/STE / Atari 8-bit / PC-8801 / Apple II / SG-1000 / Amstrad CPC / ZX Spectrum / WonderSwan / Windows Phone / Commodore VIC-20 / Sharp X1 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / MSX / Commodore C64/128 / Arcade
R-Type II
December 31st, 1989 (29 years ago)
Amiga / Game Boy / Arcade / Atari ST/STE
Kung-Fu Master
December 1st, 1984 (35 years ago)
Commodore C64/128 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / ZX Spectrum / Arcade / Atari 2600 / Atari 7800 / Apple II / Amstrad CPC
10-Yard Fight
December 1st, 1983 (36 years ago)
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / MSX / Arcade / PlayStation 4
MotoRace USA
December 31st, 1983 (35 years ago)
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Arcade
R-Type III: The Third Lightning
December 10th, 1993 (26 years ago)
Wii / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / Game Boy Advance / Super Famicom / Virtual Console (Nintendo)
Dragon Breed
December 31st, 1989 (29 years ago)
Commodore C64/128 / Amiga / ZX Spectrum / Arcade / Atari ST/STE / Amstrad CPC
Armed Police Unit Gallop
December 31st, 1991 (27 years ago)
Arcade
GunForce II
December 31st, 1994 (24 years ago)
Arcade
Sorting
Rating
Title
Release Date
R-Type Leo
December 31st, 1992 (26 years ago)
Arcade
Lode Runner
October 30th, 1983 (36 years ago)
NEC PC-6000 Series / FM-7 / PC-98 / Mac / PC DOS / BBC Microcomputer System / Atari ST/STE / Atari 8-bit / PC-8801 / Apple II / SG-1000 / Amstrad CPC / ZX Spectrum / WonderSwan / Windows Phone / Commodore VIC-20 / Sharp X1 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / MSX / Commodore C64/128 / Arcade
R-Type II
December 31st, 1989 (29 years ago)
Amiga / Game Boy / Arcade / Atari ST/STE
Super R-Type
October 1st, 1991 (28 years ago)
Wii / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
Kung-Fu Master
December 1st, 1984 (35 years ago)
Commodore C64/128 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / ZX Spectrum / Arcade / Atari 2600 / Atari 7800 / Apple II / Amstrad CPC
Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company
February 1st, 1992 (27 years ago)
Game Boy
Kung-Fu Master
December 11th, 1990 (29 years ago)
Game Boy
Sqoon
June 26th, 1986 (33 years ago)
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Spelunker
December 31st, 1983 (35 years ago)
Wii / Commodore C64/128 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / MSX / Nintendo 3DS / Arcade / Atari 8-bit / Wii U

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