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Irem (アイレム, Airemu) 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.
 
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Irem (アイレム, Airemu?) 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 TurboGrafx-16 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.
 
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 TurboGrafx-16 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.
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==History==
 
   
Irem was founded in 1974 under the name IPM, an abbreviation for International Playing Machine. Its purpose was to manufacture, sell, and rent arcade hardware cabinets. IPM released its first video arcade games in 1978, starting with their first arcade game, IPM Invader. 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.
 
Irem was founded in 1974 under the name IPM, an abbreviation for International Playing Machine. Its purpose was to manufacture, sell, and rent arcade hardware cabinets. IPM released its first video arcade games in 1978, starting with their first arcade game, IPM Invader. 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.
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Irem Software Engineering is headquartered in Hakusan. It is a wholly owned subsdiary of Eizo Nanao Corporation.
 
Irem Software Engineering is headquartered in Hakusan. It is a wholly owned subsdiary of Eizo Nanao Corporation.
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==PCSX2 compatibility==
 
==PCSX2 compatibility==
 
Currently, earlier PS2 games developed by Irem are easy and quick to emulate. However, newer games by the company utilize a new graphics engine which is hard to run smoothly on PCSX2.
 
Currently, earlier PS2 games developed by Irem are easy and quick to emulate. However, newer games by the company utilize a new graphics engine which is hard to run smoothly on PCSX2.
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For example, the first game in their "Desperated Cities" series, [[Disaster Report]], runs very smoothly on the PCSX2 save slowdowns which even occur on a real PS2. [[Raw Danger]], the second game in the series, uses an "annoying" graphics engine which currently causes major graphical glitches (mostly postprocessing) and which uses an excessive amount of VRAM.
    
==Games==
 
==Games==
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**Mahjong / Block Mahjong
 
**Mahjong / Block Mahjong
 
**Nyankoro
 
**Nyankoro
*1979  
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*1979
 
**Piccolo
 
**Piccolo
 
**Power Block
 
**Power Block
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**Sky Chuter M-15?
 
**Sky Chuter M-15?
 
**UniWar S (Ginga Teikoku No Gyakushu, or "The Galaxy Empire Strikes Back"); Galaxian Hardware
 
**UniWar S (Ginga Teikoku No Gyakushu, or "The Galaxy Empire Strikes Back"); Galaxian Hardware
*1981  
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*1981
Demoneye-X M-27 (4 PCB's)/+ M-42-S
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**Demoneye-X M-27 (4 PCB's)/+ M-42-S
Red Alert (with GDI) M-27
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**Red Alert (with GDI) M-27
Oli-Boo-Chu (with GDI) / Punching Kid M-47
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**Oli-Boo-Chu (with GDI) / Punching Kid M-47
*1982  
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*1982
Moon Patrol (licensed to Williams) M-52
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**Moon Patrol (licensed to Williams) M-52
*1983  
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*1983
10-Yard Fight M-52
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**10-Yard Fight M-52
Traverse USA / Zippy Race / MotoRace USA (licensed to Williams) M-52
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**Traverse USA / Zippy Race / MotoRace USA (licensed to Williams) M-52
Tropical Angel M-52
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**Tropical Angel M-52
*1984  
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*1984
 
**The Battle Road M-62
 
**The Battle Road M-62
 
**Kung-Fu Master (licensed to Data East)(Spartan X in Japan) M-62
 
**Kung-Fu Master (licensed to Data East)(Spartan X in Japan) M-62
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**Lode Runner II: The Bungeling Strikes Back (licensed from Brøderbund) M-62
 
**Lode Runner II: The Bungeling Strikes Back (licensed from Brøderbund) M-62
 
**Wily Tower M-63
 
**Wily Tower M-63
*1985  
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*1985
 
**Atomic Boy (licensed to Memetron) (variant of Wily Tower) M-63
 
**Atomic Boy (licensed to Memetron) (variant of Wily Tower) M-63
 
**Horizon M-62
 
**Horizon M-62
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**Lot Lot M-62
 
**Lot Lot M-62
 
**Spelunker (licensed from Brøderbund) M-62
 
**Spelunker (licensed from Brøderbund) M-62
*1986  
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*1986
 
**Kid Niki: Radical Ninja / Kaiketsu Yanchamaru M-62
 
**Kid Niki: Radical Ninja / Kaiketsu Yanchamaru M-62
 
**Lode Runner IV - Teikoku Kara no Dasshutsu) M-62
 
**Lode Runner IV - Teikoku Kara no Dasshutsu) M-62
 
**Spelunker II (licensed from Brøderbund) M-62
 
**Spelunker II (licensed from Brøderbund) M-62
 
**Youjyuden M-62
 
**Youjyuden M-62
*1987  
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*1987
 
**Battle Chopper / Mr. HELI no Dai-Bouken M-72
 
**Battle Chopper / Mr. HELI no Dai-Bouken M-72
 
**R-Type (licensed to Nintendo of America) M-72
 
**R-Type (licensed to Nintendo of America) M-72
*1988  
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*1988
 
**Image Fight M-72
 
**Image Fight M-72
 
**Meikyuujima (developed by Nanao)
 
**Meikyuujima (developed by Nanao)
 
**Ninja Spirit/Saigo no Nindou M-72
 
**Ninja Spirit/Saigo no Nindou M-72
 
**Vigilante (licensed to Data East) M-75
 
**Vigilante (licensed to Data East) M-75
*1989  
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*1989
 
**Dragon Breed M-81
 
**Dragon Breed M-81
 
**Legend of Hero Tonma M-72
 
**Legend of Hero Tonma M-72
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**Mahou Keibitai Gun Hoki
 
**Mahou Keibitai Gun Hoki
 
**X-Multiply M-72
 
**X-Multiply M-72
*1990  
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*1990
 
**Air Duel M-72?
 
**Air Duel M-72?
 
**Hammerin' Harry / Daiku no Gensan M-82/72 different versions
 
**Hammerin' Harry / Daiku no Gensan M-82/72 different versions
 
**Major Title M-84
 
**Major Title M-84
 
**Pound for Pound (Irem US) M-85
 
**Pound for Pound (Irem US) M-85
*1991  
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*1991
 
**Blade Master M-92?
 
**Blade Master M-92?
 
**Cosmic Cop / Gallop - Armed Police Unit M-84/73?
 
**Cosmic Cop / Gallop - Armed Police Unit M-84/73?
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**Ken-Go M-72?
 
**Ken-Go M-72?
 
**Lethal Thunder / Thunder Blaster M-92
 
**Lethal Thunder / Thunder Blaster M-92
*1992  
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*1992
 
**Bomber Man World / New Dyna Blaster - Global Quest / New Atomic Punk - Global Quest
 
**Bomber Man World / New Dyna Blaster - Global Quest / New Atomic Punk - Global Quest
 
**Hook M-99 A
 
**Hook M-99 A
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**R-Type Leo M-92
 
**R-Type Leo M-92
 
**Undercover Cops M-92
 
**Undercover Cops M-92
*1993  
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*1993
 
**Fire Barrel M-107
 
**Fire Barrel M-107
 
**In The Hunt / Kaitei Daisensou M-92 E
 
**In The Hunt / Kaitei Daisensou M-92 E
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**Perfect Soldiers / Superior Soldiers (US) M-92 G
 
**Perfect Soldiers / Superior Soldiers (US) M-92 G
 
**Gussun Oyoyo M-97
 
**Gussun Oyoyo M-97
*1994  
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*1994
 
**Dream Soccer '94 (licensed to Data East) M92 G(Irem),M-107 Data East
 
**Dream Soccer '94 (licensed to Data East) M92 G(Irem),M-107 Data East
 
**Gunforce 2 / Geostorm M-92 G
 
**Gunforce 2 / Geostorm M-92 G
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===MSX / MSX2 (1982-1987)===
 
===MSX / MSX2 (1982-1987)===
*1982  
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*1982
 
**Moon Patrol (1982/1984) (Produced by Dempa) DP-3912011 (GenMSX entry)
 
**Moon Patrol (1982/1984) (Produced by Dempa) DP-3912011 (GenMSX entry)
 
(Released in Brazil as Patrulha Lunar (product-id J07) by Sharp-Epcom)
 
(Released in Brazil as Patrulha Lunar (product-id J07) by Sharp-Epcom)
*1985  
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*1985
 
**Kung-Fu Acho (聖拳アチョー) also known as Seiken Acho, produced by Irem and ASCII. (GenMSX entry)
 
**Kung-Fu Acho (聖拳アチョー) also known as Seiken Acho, produced by Irem and ASCII. (GenMSX entry)
*1986  
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*1986
 
**Spelunker (licensed from Brøderbund) IM-01 (GenMSX entry)
 
**Spelunker (licensed from Brøderbund) IM-01 (GenMSX entry)
 
**10 Yard Fight IM-02 (GenMSX entry)
 
**10 Yard Fight IM-02 (GenMSX entry)
 
**Panther (GenMSX entry)
 
**Panther (GenMSX entry)
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*1987
 
**Super Lode Runner (licensed from Brøderbund) IM-03 (MSX & MSX2) (GenMSX entry)
 
**Super Lode Runner (licensed from Brøderbund) IM-03 (MSX & MSX2) (GenMSX entry)
 
**R-Type (1987,1988) IM-04 (MSX & MSX2) (GenMSX entry)
 
**R-Type (1987,1988) IM-04 (MSX & MSX2) (GenMSX entry)
===Famicon/NES (1986-1993)
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===Famicon/NES (1986-1993)===
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*1986
 
**Deadly Towers
 
**Deadly Towers
 
**Sqoon
 
**Sqoon
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*1987
 
**Spelunker II: Yuushahe no Chousen
 
**Spelunker II: Yuushahe no Chousen
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*1989
 
**Holy Diver
 
**Holy Diver
1990  
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*1990
 
**Kickle Cubicle
 
**Kickle Cubicle
1991  
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*1991
 
**Hammerin' Harry/Daiku No Gen-San
 
**Hammerin' Harry/Daiku No Gen-San
 
**Metal Storm
 
**Metal Storm
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*1993
 
**Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi
 
**Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi
 
**Daiku no Gen-san 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushuu
 
**Daiku no Gen-san 2: Akage no Dan no Gyakushuu
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===Game Boy (1991-1994)===
 
===Game Boy (1991-1994)===
*1991  
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*1991
 
**Racing Damashii
 
**Racing Damashii
 
**Ganso!! Yancha Maru
 
**Ganso!! Yancha Maru
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**R-Type
 
**R-Type
 
**Taiyou no Yuusha Firebird
 
**Taiyou no Yuusha Firebird
*1992  
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*1992
 
**Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Breeding Company/Daiku no Gen-san
 
**Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Breeding Company/Daiku no Gen-san
 
**Kizuchida Quiz Da Gen-San Da!
 
**Kizuchida Quiz Da Gen-San Da!
 
**Nu~Bo~
 
**Nu~Bo~
 
**R-Type II
 
**R-Type II
*1993  
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*1993
 
**Saigo No Ninmichi
 
**Saigo No Ninmichi
 
**Shuyaku Sentai Irem Fighter
 
**Shuyaku Sentai Irem Fighter
 
**Undercover Cops
 
**Undercover Cops
*1994  
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*1994
 
**Daiku No Gen-San: Robot Teikoku No Yabou (1994)
 
**Daiku No Gen-San: Robot Teikoku No Yabou (1994)
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===Game Boy Color (2000)===
 
===Game Boy Color (2000)===
*2000  
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*2000
 
**Daiku no Gensan - Kachikachi no Tonkachi ga Kachi
 
**Daiku no Gensan - Kachikachi no Tonkachi ga Kachi
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===Super NES (1991-(1993/1995))===
 
===Super NES (1991-(1993/1995))===
*1991  
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*1991
 
**Super R-Type
 
**Super R-Type
*1992  
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*1992
 
**Irem Skins Game, The (known as Major Title in Japan and Europe)
 
**Irem Skins Game, The (known as Major Title in Japan and Europe)
 
**DinoCity
 
**DinoCity
*1993  
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*1993
 
**R-Type III: The Third Lightning (Super NES version published by Jaleco in 1994.)
 
**R-Type III: The Third Lightning (Super NES version published by Jaleco in 1994.)
 
**Street Combat (it is NCS' first Super Famicom Ranma 1/2 fighting game, with the license removed)
 
**Street Combat (it is NCS' first Super Famicom Ranma 1/2 fighting game, with the license removed)
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**Ganbare! Daiku no Gen-san
 
**Ganbare! Daiku no Gen-san
 
**Undercover Cops (Super NES version unreleased. Super Famicom version published by Varie in 1995.)
 
**Undercover Cops (Super NES version unreleased. Super Famicom version published by Varie in 1995.)
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===Sega Saturn (1995)===
 
===Sega Saturn (1995)===
*1995  
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*1995
 
**In the Hunt
 
**In the Hunt
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===PlayStation (1995-1999)===
 
===PlayStation (1995-1999)===
*1995  
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*1995
 
**In the Hunt
 
**In the Hunt
*1998  
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*1996
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**Irem Arcade Classics
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*1998
 
**R-Types
 
**R-Types
*1999  
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*1999
 
**R-Type Delta
 
**R-Type Delta
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===PlayStation 2 (2001-2007)===
 
===PlayStation 2 (2001-2007)===
*2001  
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*2001
 
**[[Gekibo 2]] / Polaroid Pete
 
**[[Gekibo 2]] / Polaroid Pete
*2002  
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*2002
 
**[[U underwater unit]] (Also known as "Sub Rebellion")
 
**[[U underwater unit]] (Also known as "Sub Rebellion")
 
**[[Disaster Report]]
 
**[[Disaster Report]]
*2003  
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*2003
 
**[[R-Type Final]]
 
**[[R-Type Final]]
*2004  
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*2004
**[[Sakurasaka Shouboutai]]
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**[[Sakurazaka Shouboutai]]
*2005  
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*2005
*[[Steambot Chronicles]]
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**[[Steambot Chronicles]]
**[[Blocks Club with Bumpy Trot]] (Known in North America as "Blokus Portable: Steambot Championship")
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**[[Blokus Club with Bumpy Trot]]
*2006  
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*2006
**[[Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2: Itetsuita Kioku Tachi]]
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**[[Raw Danger]]
*2007
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**[[Raw Danger]] (American title for Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2: Itetsuita Kioku Tachi)
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===PlayStation 3 (2009)===
===PlayStation 3 (2009-?)===
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*2009
*2009  
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**Minna de Spelunker (PSN)
**Minna de Spelunker; downloadable from the PSN Store.
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**Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories; Scheduled to be released Winter 2010, but was delayed to the summer of 2011. Apparently definitely canceled in Japan, but there is no word on the NTSC-U version.
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===PlayStation Portable (2007-2011)===
===PlayStation Portable (2009-?)===
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*2007
*2009
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**R-Type Tactics
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*2008
 
**Hammerin' Hero
 
**Hammerin' Hero
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**Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament
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*2009
 
**Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3: Kowareyuku Machi no Kanojo no Uta'
 
**Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3: Kowareyuku Machi no Kanojo no Uta'
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*2008  
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**Doki Doki Suikoden
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*2008
 
**R-Type Dimensions
 
**R-Type Dimensions
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<small>This article has been partly taken from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irem Wikipedia]</small>
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<small>This article has been partly taken from [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irem Wikipedia]</small>
 
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