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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R-Type

December 31st, 1987 (29 years ago)
Amiga / Arcade / Sega Master System / Atari ST/STE / Commodore C64/128 / MSX / ZX Spectrum / Game Boy / TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine / Sharp X68000 / Amstrad CPC

Lode Runner

December 31st, 1983 (33 years ago)
SG-1000 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / WonderSwan / Arcade / Windows Phone / Sharp X1 / Commodore C64/128 / MSX / ZX Spectrum / Commodore VIC-20 / PC-8801 / Apple II / Amstrad CPC

Kung-Fu Master

December 1st, 1984 (32 years ago)
Atari 2600 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Atari 7800 / Arcade / Commodore C64/128 / ZX Spectrum / Apple II / Amstrad CPC

10-Yard Fight

December 31st, 1983 (33 years ago)
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Arcade

MotoRace USA

December 31st, 1983 (33 years ago)
Arcade

R-Type III: The Third Lightning

December 10th, 1993 (23 years ago)
Virtual Console (Nintendo) / Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / Game Boy Advance

Dragon Breed

December 31st, 1989 (27 years ago)
Amiga / Arcade / Atari ST/STE / Commodore C64/128 / ZX Spectrum / Amstrad CPC

Ninja Spirit

December 31st, 1988 (28 years ago)
Amiga / Arcade / Atari ST/STE / Commodore C64/128 / ZX Spectrum / TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine / Amstrad CPC

R-Type II

December 31st, 1989 (27 years ago)
Amiga / Arcade / Atari ST/STE / Game Boy

R-Type Leo

December 31st, 1992 (24 years ago)
Arcade
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R-Type

December 31st, 1987 (29 years ago)
Amiga / Arcade / Sega Master System / Atari ST/STE / Commodore C64/128 / MSX / ZX Spectrum / Game Boy / TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine / Sharp X68000 / Amstrad CPC

Lode Runner

December 31st, 1983 (33 years ago)
SG-1000 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / WonderSwan / Arcade / Windows Phone / Sharp X1 / Commodore C64/128 / MSX / ZX Spectrum / Commodore VIC-20 / PC-8801 / Apple II / Amstrad CPC

Kung-Fu Master

December 1st, 1984 (32 years ago)
Atari 2600 / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Atari 7800 / Arcade / Commodore C64/128 / ZX Spectrum / Apple II / Amstrad CPC

Sqoon

June 26th, 1986 (31 years ago)
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Spelunker

December 31st, 1983 (33 years ago)
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Arcade / Commodore C64/128 / MSX / Atari 8-bit

MotoRace USA

December 31st, 1983 (33 years ago)
Arcade

R-Type III: The Third Lightning

December 10th, 1993 (23 years ago)
Virtual Console (Nintendo) / Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / Game Boy Advance

Ninja Spirit

December 31st, 1988 (28 years ago)
Amiga / Arcade / Atari ST/STE / Commodore C64/128 / ZX Spectrum / TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine / Amstrad CPC

R-Type II

December 31st, 1989 (27 years ago)
Amiga / Arcade / Atari ST/STE / Game Boy

R-Type Leo

December 31st, 1992 (24 years ago)
Arcade

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