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10-Yard Fight

10-Yard Fight

Arcade - Released - December 1, 1983

The game is viewed in a top-down perspective and is vertical scrolling. The player does not select plays for either offense or defense. On offense, the player simply receives the ball upon the snap and either attempt to run with the quarterback, toss the ball to a running back, or throw the ball to the one long distance receiver - basically the option offense. On defense, the player chooses one of two players to control, and the computer manipulates the others. The ball can also be punted or a field goal can be attempted. 10-Yard Fight has five levels of difficulty; from easiest to most...

Ai Sensei No Oshiete: Watashi No Hoshi

Ai Sensei No Oshiete: Watashi No Hoshi

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 26, 1993

Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi is a Japanese-exclusive Famicom non-game that is focused on astrology. The player must choose his zodiac sign, along with his or her birthdate, and the Japanese prefecture that he happens to be born and/or reside in. This software is not recommended for those who live outside of Japan for that reason. Gender must also be chosen (either male or female). There are eight different types of fortune-telling in the game. The text in the game (for both the menus and the fortunes themselves) are entirely in Japanese. Due to graphical limitations, all the human...

Air Assault

Air Assault

Arcade - Released - 1993

Air Assault is a 2D up-scrolling shoot 'em up game where you take control of fighter. The game is similar to Air Duel. You have to tward the evil plans of an organization called the Fourth empire over the span of eight stages. As you make progress and fight of various tanks, flying crafts, ships, static guns and bosses power-ups come available. Power-ups can be collected from capsules. Four types of guns are available: Balkan gun (broad strait shooting gun), Wing gun (broad arc shooting gun), graviton laser (strait narrow beam) and grenade (all direction gun). Missiles include the strait...

Air Duel

Air Duel

Arcade - Released - July 4, 1990

The player selects from a jet fighter or helicopter, shoot enemies in the air and ground, collect power-ups, and defeat bosses to advance levels. The game differs from most others in the genre in that you can change the aircraft you use at the start of each level. The jet fighter always shoots straight forward; power-ups increase the width and strength of its shots. The helicopter fires thinner and weaker shots, but turns in the direction it moves (similar to the later Zero Gunner), giving it great range; powerups increase the strength of shots, as well as the number of bullets per shot...

Andromeda

Andromeda

Arcade - Released - 1979

A colorful vertical space battle game where the player uses a laser cannon to destroy enemy ships.

Atomic Punk 2

Atomic Punk 2

Arcade - Released - 1992

New Atomic Punk: Global Quest (Bomber Man World in Japan) is part of the Bomberman series and the direct sequel to Irem's earlier arcade version. The game is very similar to other games in the series - the player controls Bomberman and must destroy all enemies on a level, using bombs. There are power-ups to collect that increase firepower or allow more bombs to be set. Unlike in other games of the series, the player doesn't have to find the exit - when all enemies are destroyed he automatically goes to the next stage. There are 36 stages in Normal Mode (six worlds with six levels each).

Battle Chopper

Battle Chopper

Arcade - Released - November 6, 1987

Battle Chopper (Mr. Heli in Japan) takes place in the year 2999 and Mr. Muddy is threatening the planet. Fortunately, the player has a fully armed, large helicopter with which to attack his sadistic minions. The helicopter will fly through four side-view levels, primarily scrolling left to right but with some variant, each of which ends with a boss. As well as enemies, there are many blocks on the levels. The weapon upgrade system is build into these, which function in two different ways. Most will drop crystals, which if collected are added to a cash total. The others reveal a picture of a...

The Battle-Road

The Battle-Road

Arcade - Released - 1984

The Battle-Road is a vertical scrolling shooter racing arcade game released by Irem in 1984. The game was an early open-ended vehicle combat game that featured branching paths and up to 32 possible routes. The player controls a car that is armed with two different types of guns (frontal and side), and drives for a road full of other dangerous vehicles like cars, motorcycles, trucks, helicopters. There are also other kinds of obstacles on the road. There is more than one path, in the same style used in Outrun.

Blade Master

Blade Master

Arcade - Released - February 1, 1991

Blade Master is a scrolling hack and slash arcade game released by Irem in 1991. Two selectable heroes, Roy and Arnold, try to save their land from hordes of monsters. There are items to break and power-ups to collect, typical of this genre in the 1990s.

Bomber Man

Bomber Man

Arcade - Released - 1991

In the future, fight competitions among robots are the most popular event. Bomber Man & King Bomber are the supreme champions, however King Bomber turns evil and attacks mankind with his loyal minions. Bomber Man & his brother Bomber Man 2 must defeat these henchmen and show King Bomber that crime just doesn't pay! Features cute graphics & music and insanely addictive gameplay. Have a blast, but don't get blasted yourself!

Cosmic Cop

Cosmic Cop

Arcade - Released - 1991

Armed Police Unit Gallop, also known as Cosmic Cop is a side scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Item in 1991. It is part of the popular R-Type video game series.

Daiku no Gen-San 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushuu

Daiku no Gen-San 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushuu

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - October 22, 1993

Daiku no Gen-San 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushuu is an official sequel to Hammerin' Harry. It was exclusively released in Japan on the Famicom only on October 22, 1993

Daiku no Gen-san: Kachikachi no Tonkachi ga Kachi

Daiku no Gen-san: Kachikachi no Tonkachi ga Kachi

Nintendo Game Boy Color - April 28, 2000

A notable departure from the arcade-style action of its predecessors, the sole Game Boy Color installment of Daiku no Gen-san is more of a puzzle platformer, and was developed by a company called Biox. Each stage is fairly large and filled with enemies and minor obstacles, as well as keys to find. Gen has three different types of enemies - one will kill enemies, one will turn them into blocks, and one will anger them so they'll follow Gen around the screen. With this in mind, you use these tools to turn enemies into blocks and utilize them to hit switches or springs. Gen can also use his...

Daiku No Gen-San: Robot Teikoku No Yabou

Daiku No Gen-San: Robot Teikoku No Yabou

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - March 25, 1994

From the series of "Hammerin' Harry". The second Game Boy game takes out heroes to the final frontier - outer space. The basic gameplay is much the same as its predecessor, although it's a bit more difficult. At a few points, you'll be accompanied by some robot helpers, who show up at specific points in each stage to spring you over walls or supply extra firepower. It also has a particularly cool final battle where the roles are reversed - instead of being a lone character against a huge machine, you control a huge machine against one single character, a wily ninja who blinks in and out of...

DinoCity

DinoCity

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - July 17, 1992

TEAM UP WITH THE DINOSAURS FOR A SUPER-HUGE ADVENTURE! Uh oh, you've just been launched into the prehistoric age by a whacko TV monitor, and the biggest thing going is dinosaurs! Luckily, the dinosaurs have a huge liking for time travelers like you and your friend. Now you just have to solve the problem of the Neanderthals. These cave heads are out to destroy "DinoCity" - and all the dinosaurs in it. So hop on the back of your favorite dinosaur, and get ready for some fast-action fun on a very LARGE scale.

DokiSui: DokiDoki Suikoden

DokiSui: DokiDoki Suikoden

Sony PSP - Released - May 12, 2011

DokiSui: DokiDoki Suikoden is a Role-Playing game, developed by Silicon Studio and published by Irem, which was released in Japan in 2011.

Dragon Breed

Dragon Breed

Arcade - Released - 1989

Kayas became the King of the Agamen Empire when he was just fifteen years old. Together with the Dragon of Light, Kayas' task is to prevent the King of Darkness from achieving his evil ambition of filling the kingdom with black power. Join Kayas in the battle against the dangerous darkness. Play a human hero astride a mighty dragon and seek to destroy all in your path.

Dream Soccer '94

Dream Soccer '94

Arcade - Released - 1994

Dream Soccer '94 was produced by Irem in 1994. A soccer game from Irem. Released in September 1994. Dream Soccer' 94 is Irem's last video game. Irem was dissolved by their parent company, mainly because their game sales were not very good. Soon after, some employees re-established Irem independently on the hope to continue the adventure and the development of sequels for great licenses like R*Type. The game's billboards advertises numerous Irem games. Among them are "R*Type", "Air Duel", "Gallop - Armed Police Unit", "Major Title", "Undercover Cops", "Gun Force" and "Thunder Blaster".

Eiyuu San Goku Shi

Eiyuu San Goku Shi

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - March 26, 1993

Ganbare! Daiku no Gen-san

Ganbare! Daiku no Gen-san

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - December 22, 1993

Hammerin' Harry and his friends have brought themselves a new house. They stand outside its front gate, watching it shine. They also watch a bomb fly past the house and destroy it. His friends are left devastated, and Harry seeks revenge on those responsible for the bombing. In Ganbare Daiku no Gensan, you must go through five stages (with two areas each), destroying workers that get in your way using your mallet. You can use it to perform two special attacks. One that sends fireballs going in all directions, and a more powerful one that sends shockwaves, destroying everything on screen. At...

Gekibo: Gekisha Boy

Gekibo: Gekisha Boy

NEC TurboGrafx-16 - Released - October 2, 1992

Gekibo: Gekisha Boy is a 2D side-scrolling game in which you play the part as a camera man who is out to snap some high paying photos to please their contractor. You control the movement of the shutter aim and you have slight control over the character as well (using the same style of control as such games as Cabal). You walk along a side-scrolling street and you have to snap unusual/tragic/funny or simply weird photos to rack up the points. It can be anything from crashing airplanes to Marilyn Monroe lookalikes and UFOs abducting cars. Every stage has a set score you need to reach to progress...

Gekitotsu Yonku Battle

Gekitotsu Yonku Battle

Nintendo Entertainment System - November 17, 1989

Gekitotsu Shiku Battle (激突四駆バトル?, "Four Wheel Drive Battle Clash") is a Japan-exclusive video game of the vehicular combat game genre released in 1989 by Irem for the Family Computer.

GunForce

GunForce

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - November 27, 1992

High-Tech Tactics Save Earth Enemy commandos are unleashing a diabolical plan to destroy Earth. The stakes have never been higher. The enemy has never been tougher. The destiny of every country on Earth hangs in the balance, and a call has gone out for a multi-national force of battle hardened fighters. This is the GunForce. They come from every corner of Earth. And they bring with them the ultimate fighting skills. But now they will face an enemy of cosmic strength and strategy. And they will be tested to the limit as they fight high-tech fighters through five challenging, action-packed...

Gunforce

Gunforce

Arcade - Released - 1991

Gun Force is a 2D side-scrolling run and gun game. The player takes control of a soldier who is dropped off onto an island and must fight his way through hordes of enemy soldiers until he gets to the final showdown in order to protect Mother Earth from the invaders. Gameplay consists of moving forward and blasting all the enemies who get in the way. The player starts out with a normal gun, but can find other weapons throughout a level, such as a flamethrower or a laser gun. While the normal gun has an infinite amount of bullets, the other types of weapons will eventually run out of ammo....

GunForce II

GunForce II

Arcade - Released - September 1, 1994

GunForce II is a run and gun arcade video game developed and originally published by Irem on September 1994. It is the sequel to the original GunForce and one of the last arcade games released by the company.

Hammerin' Harry

Hammerin' Harry

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - November 15, 1991

In the peaceful town of Carpentersville, some workers known as The Rusty Nailers decide to bulldoze a house that belongs to Harry. Harry is certainly not happy with this, and goes on a rampage, destroying workers that get in his way. As Harry, you can destroy workers in one of two ways: you can smash them when one of them gets near them, or you can pound the ground, and by doing this, you will send shockwaves in both directions. There are four environments in which Harry needs to get through: construction sites, sewer, ship, and the mansion where Harry meets the leader who ordered the...

Hammerin' Harry

Hammerin' Harry

Arcade - Released - 1990

In the peaceful town of Carpentersville, some workers known as The Rusty Nailers decide to bulldoze a house that belongs to Harry. Harry is certainly not happy with this, and goes on a rampage, destroying workers that get in his way. As Harry, you can destroy workers in one of two ways: you can smash them when one of them gets near them, or you can pound the ground, and by doing this, you will send shockwaves in both directions. There are four environments in which Harry needs to get through: construction sites, sewer, ship, and the mansion where Harry meets the leader who ordered the...

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - January 1, 1992

Harry and his spouse were walking down the street, while all of a sudden, ghosts start to appear and the city gets demolished. A dark city, with a haunted mansion in the middle, rises from the rumble and four ghost fuse to become a large ghost and kidnaps Harry's spouse. You must save your spouse and stop the evil Ghost Building Company.

Holy Diver

Holy Diver

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 28, 1989

Randy, the hero, is setting out to retrieve the five emblem seals belonging to the King Crimson Family in an attempt to expell the greatest evil, the Black Slayer. He will have to battle through the horde of evil and dark creatures at Black Slayer's command however, making his mission near impossible! However, he can counter their Black Magics as he gains the use of new, Holy Magics as well as some much needed equipment! So, set out with courage, hope, and a little luck, or the darkness will surely dominate!

Hook

Hook

Arcade - Released - 1992

Hook is a side-scrolling, weapon based beat'em up, based on the movie with the same title. Up to four players control Peter Pan or one from the Lost Boys: Ace, Pockets, Thudbutt or Rufio, fighting against Captain Hook and his pirates. Gameplay is similar to other games, like Golden Axe - the heroes go to the right, and kill enemies with their weapons and magic.

Horizon

Arcade - Unreleased - 1985

A horizontally scrolling shooter, Horizon is the sequel to Moon Patrol. Both were developed by Irem; Moon Patrol was licensed to Williams. Players take control of hover vehicle armed with a turret and a cannon, rolling over the terrain and alternating their position and perspective on three different lanes to destroy enemies and dodge attacks while avoiding obstacles and picking up fuel and other items.

Hototogisu

Hototogisu

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - August 19, 1988

Hototogisu, which is a common cuckoo in Japan and appears in a lot of its culture, is a war simulation game based in the Warring States era, also known as the Sengoku period. It is also the same historical period in which many other Japanese war simulation games, such as Koei's Nobunaga's Ambition, are set. As with those games, the goal is to balance one's duties as a daimyo - feudal lord - with expanding and increasing one's territories through warfare and diplomacy. Hototogisu would be followed up many years later in 2008 with Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Ran for the PSP. It uses the...

Image Fight

Image Fight

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 16, 1990

Mankind struggles to survive! Without warning they came... And laid waste to the moon and man's bases on it. Ill-prepared and outgunned, Earth scientists worked feverishly to build a weapon to turn the tide. The "OF-1" is the ultimate fighter. Even as the crews prepare to fight, industrial and military space complexes disappear, one by one. Viewing screens, hooked to spy satellites, flash images of unidentified fighter attacks and a strange vegetation coiling itself around the moon's computer like an insidious serpent. Victory will come only to the worthy. Are you?

Image Fight

Image Fight

Arcade - Released - 1988

Image Fight is a 1988 vertically scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Irem. It was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System, PC Engine (Japan-only), Sharp X68000 (Japan-only), and FM Towns (Japan-only) in 1990. On a fateful day in 20XX, the Earth's moon exploded into four large fragments and a multitude of meteors. Aliens from afar had succeeded in destroying the West's moon base. One after another, mankind's other military industrial space complexes were being lost. What mankind dreaded had come to pass. Scores of unidentified fighters were in the area. In addition,...

Image Fight II: Operation Deepstriker

Image Fight II: Operation Deepstriker

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - December 18, 1992

Image Fight II Operation Deepstriker is a vertical shooter by Irem and sequel of the arcade game Image Fight originally released in 1988 (and ported to the PC Engine in 1990). Humanity tries to rebuild itself from the aftermath of the first Image Fight - the computer on the moon was destroyed and peace had finally returned. But three years after the attack, a space probe detects unknown objects hurtling towards planet Earth. The signs are clear - a massive alien invasion is underway. After a first encounter around Saturn, Image Fight requires the player to progress through four "simulation...

In the Hunt

In the Hunt

Arcade - Released - 1993

An organization known as the D.A.S. (The Dark Anarchy Society) uses magnetic doomsday machines to melt the polar ice caps and thus desolate the world. Although the entire world is flooded, a few societies survive to build over the highest structures they can find and continue living. In this post apocalyptic scenario, the D.A.S., who were prepared for this catastrophe, reign supreme over the survivors with martial law and military weapons of extraordinary power. Upon learning of a new D.A.S. superweapon being developed, "Yugusukyuure", the remaining survivors who are terrorized by D.A.S....

IPM Invader

Arcade - 1979

A color space invaders clone developed by IPM (now known as Irem) in 1979.

The Irem Skins Game

The Irem Skins Game

Arcade - Released - 1992

The Irem Skins Game (known outside of North America as Major Title 2: Tournament Leader) is a golf simulation game developed and released by Irem for arcades (running their M92 hardware) in 1992. The sequel to Major Title, Irem Skins Game adds a new game mode (skins game, where up to four players compete to earn "money" per-hole), multiple golfers to choose from (each with their own unique stats), two fictional golf courses to choose from, and the option to keep persistent records for each player (similar to NBA Jam). Some of these features were later used in the game's spiritual successor:...

The Irem Skins Game

The Irem Skins Game

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - October 1, 1992

Tee Up And Wager Down! Irem's Skins game will test your timing, your strength and your strategy on every one of these 18 championship holes. The 16-bit graphics are so gripping and realistic, you'll think you're out on the links. Swing into action with either skins or match play. Skins stakes are high because it's winner-takes-all on every hole. Match play combines different styles for an all-round challenge. Tee off on the Irem Skins Game today. And go "fore" it!

Kaiketsu Yancha Maru 3: Taiketsu! Zouringen

Kaiketsu Yancha Maru 3: Taiketsu! Zouringen

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 30, 1993

The princess has been kidnapped again, this time by a pair of menacing-looking figures. Locked in a tower, she manages to write a plea for help on a scrap of paper and then sends a paper airplane out of her prison. Miraculously, it reaches her boyfriend Yanchamaru who, being the upstanding samurai that he is, immediately sets out to save her. Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 3 is the final sequel to Kid Niki and is a significant departure from the first two games. Not only does the game feature full four-way scrolling and large maps to explore, but Yanchamaru himself sports a completely new look and...

Kickle Cubicle

Kickle Cubicle

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - June 29, 1990

The Kingdom's covered with ice! And it's likely to stay that way unless Kickle saves the day! The Wicked Wizard King came to the Fantasy Kingdom and covered the Four Lands with ice. Now, armed with his freezing breath, Kickle sets out to save his friends. Join Kickle as he attempts to rescue the kingdom from this puzzling predicament of perpetual winter.

Kid Niki: Radical Ninja

Kid Niki: Radical Ninja

Apple II - Released - 1988

In this side scrolling action game, Kid Niki must rescue his beloved Princess Margo who has been kidnapped by the Stone Wizard. You are equipped with a Spinning Sword to clear any minions that stand in your way. You can also find a Golden Bell, whose chime slays from a distance, a Silver Bell, which creates an impenetrable shield of sound around you, a Mini-Niki, which grants you an extra life, and a Mini-Princess, which averts one death. There are seven realms you must traverse, each having a boss at the end. The seven bosses are Death Breath, Spike, the Stone Buddha, the Horned Witch, the...

Kizuchi da Quiz da Gen-san da!

Kizuchi da Quiz da Gen-san da!

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - December 18, 1992

Kizuchida Quiz da Gen-San Da! is a Miscellaneous game, developed by Tamtex and published by Irem, which was released in Japan in 1992.

Kung Fu

Arcade - 1985

Kung-Fu Master is a side-scrolling beat 'em up game produced by Irem as arcade game in 1984 and distributed by Data East in North America. The game was initially released in Japan under the title of Spartan X[a] as a tie-in based on the Jackie Chan film Wheels on Meals (which was also distributed under the name Spartan X in Japan); however, the game has no bearing on the plot of the film outside the names of the main protagonist and his girlfriend, allowing Irem to export the game without the license by simply changing the title. The players control Thomas, the titular Kung-Fu Master, as he...

Kung-Fu Master

Kung-Fu Master

Arcade - Released - 1984

Loosely based on a movie, Kung-Fu Master is a side scrolling action game for one or two players, who alternate turns. Mr. X has captured the pickpocket Sylvia and it is up to Thomas, a kung-fu master who owns a restaurant, to get her back. She is located on the top floor of Mr. X's castle and Thomas will need to fight his way to the top. Of course, this won't be easy as each floor has many opponents to get past and a floor boss at the end of each level. Thomas is able to move left and right, jump, duck, and punch and kick. Enemy projectiles such as knives can be kicked in the air to...

Kung-Fu Master

Kung-Fu Master

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - December 11, 1990

Leap into Action! Trouble's brewing under the blistering desert sun. The arch-fiend Daddy Long Legs and his army of Ninja Mercenaries, Kung Phooeys, and other bandits are cooking up something evil in their Pyramid-shaped factories and not telling anyone about it. Bruce Leap, Kung-Fu Master and part-time camel racer, must once again jump into the fry and set things straight. Leap has no need for guns, his hands and feet are themselves lethal weapons.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Sony Playstation 4 - Released - November 11, 2014

The best-selling LEGO Batman videogame franchise returns in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure! In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Sony Playstation Vita - Released - November 11, 2014

The best-selling LEGO Batman videogame franchise returns in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure! In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac...

Lethal Thunder

Lethal Thunder

Arcade - Released - 1991

Lethal Thunder is a 2D arcade vertically scrolling space shooter. The player controls a spaceship that flies forward, destroys enemies, and defeats bosses, but with a button-mashing mechanic. The player has to mash the shot button to increase firepower. He can find various weapons to use. Lethal Thunder has co-op multiplayer for two players.

Lightning Swords

Lightning Swords

Arcade - Released - 1991

Lightning Swords is an arcade 2D side-scrolling beat-em up - the game is set in a time when Ninjas and Samurai were active. The player is a samurai, armed with a sharp katana. He needs to go to the right, through locations in traditional Japan, and cut all the enemies that appear on his way. Holding down the attack button gives a special blow. At the end of each level a boss awaits - usually big, strong and durable.

Lode Runner

Lode Runner

Arcade - Released - 1984

The Bungeling Empire has stolen a huge cache of gold from its rightful owners, and your mission is to infiltrate its treasury and recapture it. This entails progressing through 150 screens of platforms, ladders and ropes. The Empire has sent robotic guards down to protect the gold, and contact with any of these will cost you a life. Your method of escaping them is to press fire to dig a hole in their line of movement, thus causing them to fall in briefly, allowing you to move across the gap safely. Once all the gold has been collected, a ladder allowing you to move onto the next screen is...

Lode Runner III: The Golden Labyrinth

Lode Runner III: The Golden Labyrinth

Arcade - Released - 1985

Irem released the third of four arcade conversions of Lode Runner. This third version, like the second contained 30 selected levels from the 150 original levels. It is pretty much the same game as the previous version, with different levels.

Lode Runner IV: Teikoku Karano Dasshutsu

Lode Runner IV: Teikoku Karano Dasshutsu

Arcade - Released - 1986

In 1986, Irem released their fourth and final arcade conversions of Lode Runner. Like the previous two, it contained 30 selected levels from the 150 original levels. However, it is the only version to contain a new mode of play: two player cooperative. In this mode, two players must work together to capture every gold ingot in 18 stages, some of which cannot be reached without a pair of players working together to achieve their goal. This is the only version out of Irem's four arcade releases that was not translated into English and sold directly to the American market.

Mahjong Kazoku

Mahjong Kazoku

Nintendo Famicom Disk System - Released - August 4, 1987

Mahjong Kazoku ("Mahjong Family") is a standard Mahjong simulation game for Nintendo's Famicom Disk System. It is a one-on-one version of the game, rather than the standard four-player board game arrangement, and it incorporates many of the various and byzantine scoring rules of the game. Irem developed and published the game but left a mysterious licensing credit to Ox Inc. on the title screen. It's possible the game is a port of an obscure Japanese Mahjong computer game, or at least borrows some of its coding for the AI opponent or scoring systems.

Major League

Major League

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - October 27, 1989

That best comedy Baseball movie is here translated into a family computer game! Hot fights among 14 teams from the U.S. major leagues and Japanese leagues! Any synthesizing IC’s make you feel as if you were really in the stadium.

Major Title

Major Title

Arcade - Released - 1990

The Irem Skins Game is an arcade-style golf simulation. The game is presented from a mixed perspective. The pre-shot perspective is a standard third-person view from just behind the golfer, but once the ball is hit, the view switches to a top-down perspective to track the ball in flight. The game takes a simplified approach to hitting the ball. Instead of setting the power and controlling the shot, the only function of the vertically oriented swing meter is to select the vertical angle of the shot, which, in turn, sets the amount of backspin/topspin applied to the ball. The strength of each...

Major Title 2

Major Title 2

Arcade - Released - 1992

Major Title 2 is a golf game for up to four players who choose to play as one of four different golfers. Each golfer possesses a unique skill-set that influences their ability to make certain types of shots (power hitter, all-round player, technician and magician). The game offers a choice of two different courses and provides the usual array of game modes: tournament, match play, stroke play and a skins game. During play, the action is presented in two different perspectives. The pre-shot perspective is a standard third-person view from behind the golfer but once the ball is hit, the...

Match It II

Match It II

Arcade - Released - 1993

Followup to Match It / Shisenshou: Joshiryou-Hen.

Meikyu Jima

Meikyu Jima

Arcade - Released - 1988

Meikyūjima or Kickle Cubicle is a sliding puzzle game in the vein of Adventures of Lolo where the Wicked Wizard King covered the kingdom with ice and hid the people and palaces deep within the ice. Armed with his freezing breath, Kickle sets out to save his friends and attempts to rescue the kingdom from this puzzling predicament of perpetual winter. Each level has a fixed time limit and enemies that will try and block your progress. The four lands (Garden, Fruit, Cake and Toy) have 17 or 18 puzzles in each. Beat all of those and there is a Special Stage with 30 more challenging...

Metal Storm

Metal Storm

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - February 1, 1991

Battle station cyberg's massive computer that keeps peace throughout the solar system is no longer user friendly. It's gone wildly out of control. The LaserGun it operates has already destroyed Neptune. Earth is its next target. As a high-tech hot shot, you must enter Cyber's core and activate the system's self-destruct mechanism. Mankind is reyling on your know-how and toughness to see this thing through. But time is running out...

The Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection

The Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection

Nintendo Famicom Disk System - Released - November 28, 1986

The Monitor Puzzle Kinetic Connection: Kineco is a puzzle game, where the player must piece together ten images in a jigsaw puzzle like fashion. However, every piece is exactly the same size, and the images on the pieces move. Rather than using the shape of the edges to determine what pieces fit next to one another, you must use the animation on the pieces to determine their arrangement. When each puzzle begins, the pieces are also oriented randomly, so you may be required to flip them vertically or horizontally in order to complete the puzzle. There are 10 different animations, and you can...

The Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection II

The Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection II

Nintendo Famicom Disk System - Released - May 1, 1987

A Disk Writer only release, The Monitor Puzzle Kinetic Connection: Kineco II is the sequel in which new puzzles are introduced. Like it's prequel the game challenges player to piece together ten images in a jigsaw puzzle like fashion. However, every piece is exactly the same size, and the images on the pieces move. Rather than using the shape of the edges to determine what pieces fit next to one another, you must use the animation on the pieces to determine their arrangement. When each puzzle begins, the pieces are also oriented randomly, so you may be required to flip them vertically or...

Moon Patrol

Moon Patrol

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1984

Moon Patrol is a side-scrolling game where the player must drive a moon buggy from one station on the Moon to another, all while avoiding crashing or getting destroyed by alien ships. The vehicle is constantly moving right and the player can speed up or slow down, jump, and shoot (simultaneously firing upwards and forwards.) There are 25 checkpoints along the way, each symbolized with a letter from A to Z, and serving as a respawn point. Every five checkpoints mark a separate "stage" within the entire course; reaching the end of a stage under the par time grants a large score bonus. Dangers...

MotoRace USA

MotoRace USA

Arcade - Released - 1983

In a game reminiscent of both Road Fighter and Rally Bike, the player takes control of a motorcyclist who's in a race to be the first to traverse the United States from the west to the east coast, starting in Los Angeles and ending up in New York City. Gameplay consists of the player dodging cars and other roadway hazards on their way to the next checkpoint. Players can either accelerate or hit the brakes on their motorcycle so they can avoid getting into an accident. Accidents cause the player to lose fuel and running out of fuel can end the game. So players must keep an eye out on the...

Mr. Heli no Daibouken

Mr. Heli no Daibouken

NEC TurboGrafx-16 - Released - December 1, 1989

Mr. Heli takes place in the year 2999 and Mr. Muddy is threatening the planet. Fortunately the player has a fully armed large helicopter with which to attack his sadistic minions. The helicopter will fly through four side-view levels, primarily scrolling left to right but with some variant, each of which ends with a boss. As well as enemies, there are many blocks on the levels. The weapon upgrade system is build into these, which function in two different ways. Most will drop crystals, which if collected are added to a cash total. The others reveal a picture of a weapon with a price - make...

Mystic Riders

Mystic Riders

Arcade - Released - 1992

Players take the role of child witches that ride on broomsticks in this horizontally scrolling, six-level shooter. Broomsticks can be fired off in any of eight directions as a massive power-up.

Napoleon Senki

Napoleon Senki

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 18, 1988

Napoleon Senki (ナポレオン戦記?, "Battles of Napoleon") is a real-time tactics strategy video game developed by Lenar and published by Irem in March 1988 for the Family Computer. In August that same year, Brøderbund announced that it would be released for the North American NES console as The Battlefields of Napoleon; which was eventually cancelled. This video game allows the player to re-enact the Napoleonic Wars using a bird's-eye view. Starting with earliest battles against the Holy Roman Empire to grab territory for the fledging French Republic during the French Revolutionary Wars in the year...

Narisokonai Eiyuutan: Taiyou to Tsuki no Monogatari

Narisokonai Eiyuutan: Taiyou to Tsuki no Monogatari

Sony PSP - Released - July 23, 2009

Narisokonai Eiyuutan: Taiyou to Tsuki no Monogatari is a Strategy game, developed and published by Irem, which was released in Japan in 2009.

Ninja Baseball Bat Man

Ninja Baseball Bat Man

Arcade - Released - September 17, 1993

Some of the most prized treasures from the Baseball Hall of Fame have been stolen, and the Commissioner of Baseball needs YOU to get them back! But is there more to this quest than meets the eye? Who is really behind the theft?

Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery: Blue Train Satsujin Jiken

Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery: Blue Train Satsujin Jiken

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - January 20, 1989

Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery: Blue Train Satsujin Jiken ("Kyoutarou Nishimura Mystery: Blue Train Murder Case") is the first game in a series of murder mystery adventure games based on novels by famed Japanese mystery author Kyotaro Nishimura. It was developed by TOSE and published by Irem on the Famicom in Japan only. Along with other similarly themed franchises such as Tantei Jinguuji Saburo and Yamamura Misa Suspense, it invites players to solve the mystery by talking to witnesses and suspects and interacting with the environment to discover who is behind the murder. Kyotaro Nishimura's...

Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery: Super Express Satsujin Jiken

Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery: Super Express Satsujin Jiken

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 2, 1990

Sequel to the previous Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery game, Blue Train Satsujin Jiken.

Noobow

Noobow

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - December 11, 1992

The sun and rain are having a dust-up. This is causing everyone to suffer extreme cold or heat, and it’s up to Noobow to resolve this mess by helping them out. Pick up objects and use them wherever they're needed in order to stop the sun and rain from fighting each other and help Noobow get to the end of each level!

Oli-Boo-Chu

Oli-Boo-Chu

Arcade - Released - 1981

A Japanese maze game created by GDI and Irem where you a character resembling humpty dumpty to catch and bang mice and you must avoid big lizards or they will eat you alive.

PachiPara 14: Fuu to Kumo to Super Umi in Okinawa

PachiPara 14: Fuu to Kumo to Super Umi in Okinawa

Sony Playstation 2 - Released - July 26, 2007

PachPara 14 is the last PS2 release in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features faithful 3D recreations of two pachinko machines made by Sanyo Bussan: CR Super Umi Monogatari in Okinawa MTA and CR Super Umi Monogatari in Okinawa SAD. There are two modes available: Tsūjō (Normal) mode allows the player to modify a wide range of settings for each machine, while Jissen (Battle) mode challenges the player to win as many balls as possible on the default settings with a limited starting pool and time limit. There is also a View mode where the various animations that play on the...

PachiPara 16: Gingira Paradise 2

PachiPara 16: Gingira Paradise 2

Sony Playstation 3 - Released - November 25, 2010

PachiPara 17: Shinkai Monogatari with Agnes Ram

PachiPara 17: Shinkai Monogatari with Agnes Ram

Sony Playstation 3 - Released - February 24, 2011

Pachipara 3D Deluxe Umi Monogatari Pachipro Fuunroku

Pachipara 3D Deluxe Umi Monogatari Pachipro Fuunroku

Nintendo 3DS - Released - February 7, 2013

PachiPara 3D: Ooumi Monogatari 2 with Agnes Lum: Pachi-Pro Fuuunroku Hana Kesareta License

PachiPara 3D: Ooumi Monogatari 2 with Agnes Lum: Pachi-Pro Fuuunroku Hana Kesareta License

Nintendo 3DS - Released - September 6, 2012

PachiPara 3D: Ooumi Monogatari 2: Pachi Pro Fuuunroku Hana: Kibou to Uragiri no Gakuen Seikatsu

PachiPara 3D: Ooumi Monogatari 2: Pachi Pro Fuuunroku Hana: Kibou to Uragiri no Gakuen Seikatsu

Nintendo 3DS - Released - May 17, 2012

PachiPara 3D: Premium Umi Monogatari: Yumemiru Otome to Pachinko Ou Ketteisen

PachiPara 3D: Premium Umi Monogatari: Yumemiru Otome to Pachinko Ou Ketteisen

Nintendo 3DS - Released - November 24, 2011

PachiPara 3D: Premium Umi Monogatari - Yumemiru Otome to Pachinko Ou Ketteisen is a gambling game developed by Irem and was released for Nintendo 3DS on 11/24/2011

PachiPara Slot: Pachi-Slot Super Umi Monogatari

PachiPara Slot: Pachi-Slot Super Umi Monogatari

Sony PSP - Released - May 26, 2011

PachiPara Slot: Pachi-Slot Super Umi Monogatari is a Miscellaneous game, developed and published by Irem, which was released in Japan in 2011.

Panther

Panther

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1986

Your steer a tank at the bottom of the screen. You have to defend the city, which is behind you. From the top of the screen enemy tanks run down into your direction and try to destroy the city.

Perman Part 2: Himitsu Kessha Madoodan o Taose!

Perman Part 2: Himitsu Kessha Madoodan o Taose!

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - December 20, 1991

Perman Part 2 is the sequel to Irem's 1990 platformer "Perman: Enban o Torikaese"

Perman: Enban o Torikaese!!

Perman: Enban o Torikaese!!

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - December 14, 1990

First famicom game based on the famous anime character Paaman (Perman / Super Paaman / Super Dynamo). Typical platformer game where at the end of the stages you have to face bosses on a board game.

Polaroid Pete

Polaroid Pete

Sony Playstation 2 - Released - May 31, 2001

In the game, players assume the role of a news reporter named Pete Goldman for the fictional newspaper Planet Times. Goldman is on assignment to photograph Japan's wildest events and win the Pulitzer Prize. Throughout the course of their journey, players can visit a variety of locations, including a haunted house, a city being overrun by dinosaurs, and an out-of-hand sports event.

Pound for Pound

Pound for Pound

Arcade - Released - 1990

Pound for Pound is an overhead boxing game by Irem release in 1990 with big and detailed characters and a high difficulty.

Puzzle Guzzle

Puzzle Guzzle

Sony PSP - Released - February 27, 2008

Like any good puzzle game, Puzzle Guzzle quickly turns from an entertaining pastime to a vexing challenge that is extremely addictive. As the pieces appear faster and faster, and in even more complicated patterns, players can go from trying to finish a level to simply trying to stay alive. For an even greater test of multi-lateral thinking skills, Puzzle Guzzle can be played competitively against a friend to see whose mind is quicker on the draw.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Nintendo Wii - Released - November 30, 2007

Set in the Warlords universe, Puzzle Quest challenges gamers to create, develop and customize the ultimate hero to save the land of Etheria from the evil Lord Bane. In order to advance, players battle in turn-based, head-to-head "match-three" style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes: Single-player allows gamers to battle against the computer AI as they embark on over 150 challenging quests, Instant Action allows gamers to jump in and immediately play continuous battles to level-up characters without participating in quests, and Multiplayer allows gamers to battle live...

Racing Damashii

Racing Damashii

NEC TurboGrafx-16 - Released - July 19, 1991

Racing Damashii is a motorcycle racing game with six courses. It is basically action-oriented, but the player needs to watch the damage of the motorcycle (decreases with crashes) and the tire condition (decreases when leaving the road). If one of the two bars runs out, the race is over, but repairs are conducted during pit stops. The two playing modes for single-player are training races and a championship in which points are awarded for good end positions. Those can be reinvested into motorcycle upgrades. The perspective is 3D with the camera fixed behind the player's vehicle.

Racing Damashii

Racing Damashii

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - February 28, 1991

Racing Damashii ("Racing Spirits") is a motorcycle racing game developed and released by Irem. It was released on the PC Engine and Game Boy, both in Japan only. The game uses the Hang-On perspective, with the camera perspective hovering behind the biker, and has a permanent split-screen format that will either display a second player or the CPU opponent. The game also features customization elements, allowing the player to purchase parts and configure their bikes between races. Players can attempt the Grand Prix or Endurance races, or practice on certain tracks with the Test Run mode. The...

Red Alert

Red Alert

Arcade - Released - 1981

In Red Alert, the player controls an anti-aircraft turret that can move left and right across the ground, and can only fire straight up. The objective of the game is to keep the turret alive, and to keep the attackers from destroying the city. To do this, the player must maneuver their turret under the attackers, and fire upwards into them, before they drop their bombs.

Risky Challenge

Risky Challenge

Arcade - Released - 1993

Professional treasure hunters Vic and Vinnie went down deep into the dungeon, looking for the treasures of an ancient kingdom. No Sooner has they reached the bottom than the dungeon began to crumble with tremendous sound. Now they made up their minds and started climbing up to the exit. making use of falling blocks.

Rocky Rodent

Rocky Rodent

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - July 30, 1993

CAUTION! MERGING MANIAC! There's a hot rodent on the road. Rocky. He's quicker than a greased hairball. Wound tighter than a hairpin turn. He's got hair with an attitude. And the fastest can of hairspray in the west. He's trouble in the fast lane. Tricks in a can. Cars, trucks and uncool dudes pull over-or end up looking like a hairpiece with a bad case of the rats. Rocky Rodent. He's good road-from Irem.

R-Type

R-Type

Arcade - Released - July 1, 1987

R-Type is set in the 22nd century, and the player flies a futuristic fighter craft called the R-9a "Arrowhead", named for its shape, and because it is the ninth model in the 'R' series of fighter craft (but it is the first of the series to actually be used in combat; the previous models were all prototypes). The mission is to 'blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire'. The significance of the R- in the series title refers to the production code as well as the term of endearment for the player fighter craft, the "Round Canopy".

R-Type

R-Type

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - March 19, 1991

The galaxy is in deep peril: foul creatures from the evil Bydo Empire have warped across space to invade and conquer our planet! There is only one hope for victory. The Earth Defense League has chosen you to pilot R-9, a nuclear-powered space fighter that can cut through invading aliens faster than a light saber through butter. Fly R-9 through many exciting levels of high-powered action. Use your plasma gun to rip through armies of nasty creatures and their deadly machines. And when the going gets really tough, pick up Droid Units to make your ship even harder hitting!

R-Type

R-Type

Microsoft MSX - Released - July 1, 1987

R-Type is a side scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. The player controls a space fighter named the R-9 to defend humanity against a mysterious powerful alien life-form known as the "Bydo". The game is notable for programming which was ambitious for the time, with a wide range of both power-ups and enemies, as well as levels of varying design and length, and sprites larger than a single screen.

R-Type

R-Type

Sharp X68000 - Released - 1989

R-Type is a side scrolling shoot 'em up best known for its extremely tough and strategic gameplay. You control the R-9 spaceship as it launches a last-ditch effort to repel the evil Bydo empire. The R-9 comes equipped as standard with a small gun which can only take down the smallest of enemies without firing several shots. By holding down the fire button, it can be loaded up so as to release a large burst of energy, eliminating all but the strongest enemies in its path. From time to time, pods will come flying in your direction. Upon being shot, they release an upgrade. The first one will...

R-Type Complete CD

R-Type Complete CD

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - December 20, 1991

This CD combines both HuCards into the complete game, as it originally should have been. There are some added visual scenes to justify the CD format, as well as re-arranged music tracks for each level.

R-Type Final

R-Type Final

Sony Playstation 2 - Released - June 19, 2003

In R-Type Final, your enemy is the Bydo, an evil (and living) weapon capable of reproducing itself. Humanity has fought the Bydo four times so far, and each time was victorious. However, each time the Bydo appears it is stronger than before, and now it's back and you need to destroy it again! Like other games in the R-Type Series, the game is a scrolling shooter where you need to guide a spaceship through various stages and destroy the many enemies (including very large end of level bosses). The game features a large variety of spaceships (over 100!) to choose from, each with varying...

R-Type II

R-Type II

Nintendo Game Boy - Released - December 11, 1992

The game is the sequel to R-Type, which was first released as an arcade game in 1987 and profoundly influenced later shooting games with its charge shots, unique weaponry, and grotesque enemies. Hudson Soft ported the later 4 levels of the original R-Type to the TurboGrafx-16 with the title R-Type II, but the Hudson release is unrelated to the game described in this article. The player controls a ship called the R-9C (or R-9 Custom), which is an improved version of its predecessor game's ship; the R-9. The ship's design was changed slightly, and the wave cannon was given homing...

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