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Encyclopedia > Irem (company)
Type Public
Founded 1974
Location Hakusan, Japan
Industry Computer and video game industry
Products R-Type
Employees 100
Website http://www.irem.co.jp/

Irem (アイレム) is a Japanese video game console developer and publisher and formerly a developer and manufacturer of arcade games as well. They are probably best known for the famous scrolling shooter R-Type. They have been a popular developer in Japan with games like Photoboy for the PC Engine and In the Hunt for the Sega Saturn. Image File history File links Iremlogo. ... A public company is a company owned by the public rather than by a relatively few individuals. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Hakusan (白山市; -shi) is a city located in Ishikawa, Japan. ... Pac-Man is one of the most recognizable video games ever created. ... R-Type is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia Website. ... A video game console is a dedicated electronic machine designed to play video games. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Scrolling shooters are a type of video game, a subgenre of shoot em up . ... R-Type is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. ... The PC Engine was a video game console released by NEC, a Japanese company, in 1987. ... In the Hunt (Kaitei Daisensou in Japan) is an arcade game by Irem. ... The Sega Saturn (Japanese: セガサターン, Sega Saturn), is a video game console of the 32-bit era. ...

Irem was founded in 1974 under the name IPM. Its purpose was to manufacture, sell or rent arcade hardware cabinets. IPM released its first video arcade games in 1978. In 1979, IPM changed its name to Irem Corporation. Originally an abbreviation for "International Rental Electronics Machines", the meaning of Irem's acronym was changed to "Innovations in Recreational Electronic Media" in the first half of the 1980s. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... It has been suggested that Apocopation be merged into this article or section. ... MacGyver is one of the symbols of 1980s The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...

As Irem entered the 1990s, the corporation began to decline. Sales were so poor that in 1994, Irem completely ceased development of video games. The company's original wholesale division, which was in charge of manufacturing and renting/selling arcade cabinets , spun off from Irem to form its own company called Apies (アピエス); leaving Irem with only the video game division. Then a group of employees, tired of the company's inactivity, left Irem to form their own company under the name Nazca Corporation. The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...

On April 15, 1997, Nanao (now Eizo Nanao) founded Irem Software Engineering Inc. Shorthly after on July 1997, Irem Software Engineering took over the development department of Irem Corporation and absorbed it. The publishing department of Irem Corporation, on the other hand, became under the direct control of Nanao who then sold it to none other than Apies in 1998. April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eizo Nanao Corporation (TYO: 6737) is a global corporation. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

Irem now develops and publishes games in Japan exclusively for the PlayStation 2 and will also for the upcoming PlayStation 3. Overall, the video game development department is the only remnant of the former Irem Corporation which is still associated with the brand. The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... The PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be Sonys seventh generation era video game console in the PlayStation series. ...

Irem Software Engineering is headquartered in Hakusan. It is a wholly-owned subsdiary of Eizo Nanao Corporation Hakusan (白山市; -shi) is a city located in Ishikawa, Japan. ... Eizo Nanao Corporation (TYO: 6737) is a global corporation. ...

List of Irem's Games (M-xx=PCB Hardware system)

  • The Galaxy Empire Strikes Back (19??) M-xx Hardware not known
  • Mahjong / Block Mahjong (1978)
  • Nyankoro (1978)
  • Piccolo (1978)
  • Power Block (1978)
  • Andromeda (1979) (Andromeda 55?) M-10 Hardware
  • Commander (1979)
  • IPM Invader (1979) M-10
  • Mahjong DX (1979)
  • New Block X / New Block Z (1979)
  • Space Beam (1979?) M-15
  • Space Command (1979)
  • Head On (1979?) M-15
  • Green Beret (1980) M-15?
  • Panther (1980)
  • Sky Chuter (1980) M-15?
  • UniWar S / Gingateikoku No Gyakushu (1980) (prob. not M-15?) Galaxian Hardware
  • Demoneye-X (1981) M-27 (4 PCB's)/+ M-42-S
  • Oli-Boo-Chu (with GDI) (1981) / Punching Kid (1982) M-47
  • Red Alert (with GDI) (1981) M-27
  • Moon Patrol (licensed to Williams) (1982) M-52
  • 10-Yard Fight (1983) M-52
  • Traverse USA / Zippy Race / MotoRace USA (licensed to Williams) (1983) M-52
  • Tropical Angel (1983) M-52
  • The Battle Road (1984) M-62
  • Kung-Fu Master (licensed to Data East)(Spartan X in Japan) (1984)M-62
  • Lode Runner (licensed from Brøderbund) (1984) M-62
  • Load Runner II: The Bungeling Strikes Back (licensed from Brøderbund) (1984)M-62
  • Wily Tower (1984)M-63
  • Atomic Boy (licensed to Memetron) (1985) (variant of Wily Tower)M-63
  • Horizon (1985) M-62
  • Kung Fu (PlayChoice-10) (licensed to Nintendo) (1985) playchoice
  • Lode Runner III: The Golden Labyrinth (licensed from Brøderbund) (1985) M-62
  • Lot Lot (1985) M-62
  • Spelunker (licensed from Brøderbund) (1985)M-62
  • Kid Niki: Radical Ninja / Kaiketsu Yanchamaru (1986) M-62
  • Lode Runner IV - Teikoku Kara no Dasshutsu (1986) M-62
  • Spelunker II (licensed from Brøderbund) (1986) M-62
  • Youjyuden (1986) M-62
  • Battle Chopper / Mr. HELI no Dai-Bouken (1987) M-72
  • R-Type (licensed to Nintendo of America) (1987) M-72
  • Image Fight (1988) M-72
  • Meikyuujima (developed by Nanao) (1988)-
  • Ninja Spirit / Saigo no Nindou (1988) M-72
  • Vigilante (licensed to Data East) (1988) M-75
  • Dragon Breed (1989) M-81
  • Legend of Hero Tonma (1989) M-72
  • R-Type II (1989) M-82/ 84 (jap)
  • X-Multiply (1989) M-72
  • Holy Diver (1989) M-78? NES Game, probably not an Arcade game
  • Air Duel (1990) M-72?
  • Hammerin' Harry / Daiku no Gensan (1990) M-82/72 different versions
  • Major Title(1990) M-84
  • Pound for Pound (1990)(Irem US) M-85
  • Kickle Cubicle (1990)(Irem US, Nintendo Famicom / Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Blade Master (1991) M-92?
  • Cosmic Cop / Gallop - Armed Police Unit (1991) M-84/73?
  • Dynablaster / Bomber Man / Atomic Punk (licensed from Hudson Soft) (1991)
  • Gunforce - Battle Fire Engulfed Terror Island (1991) M-92 A
  • Hasamu (1991) M-90
  • Ken-Go (1991) M-72?
  • Lethal Thunder / Thunder Blaster (1991) M-92
  • Super R-Type (1991, Super NES)
  • Bomber Man World / New Dyna Blaster - Global Quest / New Atomic Punk - Global Quest (1992)
  • Hook (1992) M-99 A
  • Major Title 2 - Tournament Leader / The Irem Skins Game (1992) M-92 F
  • Mystic Riders / Gun Hohki (1992) M-92
  • Quiz F-1 1,2finish (1992) M-97
  • R-Type Leo (1992) M-92
  • Skins Game (Super Nintendo System) (1992)
  • Undercover Cops (1992) M-92
  • Fire Barrel (1993) M-107
  • In The Hunt / Kaitei Daisensou (1993) M-92 E
  • Ninja Baseball Bat Man / Yakyuu Kakutou League-Man (1993) M-92
  • Risky Challenge (1993) M-97
  • Perfect Soldiers / Superior Soldiers (US) (1993) M-92 G
  • Dream Soccer '94 (licensed to Data East)(1994) M92 G(Irem),M-107 Data East
  • Gunforce 2 / Geostorm (1994) M-92 G
  • R-Type III: The Third Lightning (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom)
  • R-Type Delta (1999, Sony PlayStation)
  • R-Type Final (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)
  • Sanyo Pachinko Paradise 9-12 (2003-2005, Sony PlayStation 2)
  • Sakurasaka Shouboutai (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)
  • Steambot Chronicles (2005, Sony PlayStation 2)
  • Blocks Club with Bumpy Trot (2005, Sony PlayStation 2)
  • Zettaizetsumei Toshi 2: Itetsuita Kiokutachi (2006, Sony PlayStation 2)

Mahjong (Traditional Chinese: 麻將; Simplified Chinese: 麻将; Pinyin: májiàng; Cantonese: màhjeung; or Chinese: 麻雀; Pinyin: máquè; Cantonese: màhjeuk; other common English spellings include mahjongg, majiang, and hyphenated forms such as mah-jong or mah-jongg) is a game for four players that originated in China. ... A Yamaha piccolo. ... Andromeda may be: Andromeda (mythology), the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, wife of Perseus Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda (constellation), in which the Andromeda Galaxy is located Andromeda polifolia or Bog-rosemary, a plant of the heath family Andromeda (TV series) a science fiction television series Mount Andromeda in Canada and the... Insignia of a United States Navy Commander Commander is a military rank used in many navies but not generally in armies or air forces. ... Space Command may refer to: Air Force Space Command United States Space Command This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Head-On (German title: Gegen die Wand; Turkish title: Duvara Karşı) is a 2004 film written and directed by Fatih Akin. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The word Panther has several meanings: Any big cat with the condition known as melanism (causing black fur), see: Black panther Leopard Puma Jaguar Any big cat from the genus Panthera, see: Lion Tiger Leopard Jaguar Codename for Mac OS X v10. ... Red Alert can refer to: A computer game An alert condition on Star Trek A 1958 book by Peter George This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Moon Patrol is a classic arcade game by Irem that was first released in 1982. ... 10-Yard Fight is a 1983 American football arcade game, developed by Irem and published by Nintendo. ... This page has been deleted, and should not be re-created without a good reason. ... Kung Fu was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. ... Lode Runner is a 1983 computer game. ... Kung Fu was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. ... The Play Choice 10 was a stand-up arcade video game hardware unit, for which the unit owner could purchase up to ten arcade games. ... Spelunker for the NES. Spelunker for the Commodore 64. ... R-Type is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. ... Image Fight is a vertically-scrolling shoot em up arcade game produced by Irem in 1988. ... Dragon Breed is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1989. ... R-Type is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. ... This article is about the Nintendo game. ... Kickle Cubicle is a video game developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Irem. ... Bomberman is an arcade-style puzzle-like maze-based video game, published and developed by Hudson Soft, and was released on December 20, 1985 for the Famicom. ... Super R-Type is a shooter for the Super Nintendo, developed and published by Irem in 1991, during the systems launch. ... This Game is Based of the 90s movie HOOK Pan has grown up, and forgotton his roots. ... R-Type is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. ... A skins game is a golf event in which players compete for prize money on each individual hole. ... Undercover Cops is a Japanese-only police action game where players solve crimes by beating up thugs and aliens Final Fight style. ... In the Hunt (Kaitei Daisensou in Japan) is an arcade game by Irem. ... Ninja Baseball Bat Man, also known as Yakyuu Kakutou League-Man, is an arcade game produced by Irem in 1993. ... R-Type Delta is a horizontally scrolling shooter video game. ... R-Type Final is a horizontally-scrolling shooter video game. ...


  • Super Kung-Fu Master (1985)
  • Battle Bird (1985)
  • Kozoutai Gatcyo (1987)
  • Huddle Up (1988)

External links

  • Irem - Official website



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