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Irem Software Engineering

Irem Software Engineering is a Japanese video game developer and publisher. They are primarily a developer for video game consoles, but have a history of releasing arcade games as well, the most notable being Moon Patrol, Kung-Fu Master, and the R-Type series of shooting games. After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Irem closed its game development division in order to focus on pachinko and slot machine development. Some of the game developers moved on to form Granzella, the company currently responsible for R-Type Final 2 on Kickstarter.


Shooting games developed by Irem
Game Year Publisher(s)
Mr. HELI no Daibōken/Battle Chopper 1987 Irem (JP)
R-Type 1987 Irem (JP), Nintendo (NA)
Image Fight 1988 Irem (JP)
X Multiply 1989 Irem (JP)
R-Type 2 1989 Irem (JP)
Armed Police Unit Gallop/Cosmic Cop 1991 Irem (JP/NA)
Super R-Type 1991 Irem (NA/JP/EU)
R-Type Leo 1992 Irem (world)
In the Hunt 1993 Irem (world)
R-Type III: The Third Lightning 1993 Irem (world)
R-Type Delta 1998 Irem (JP), Agetec (NA), Sony (EU)
R-Type Final 2003