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IREM
By: Bubblun

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IREM was not a major publisher of NES games, but their games typically remained true to the company's main strength of shooters. Their releases include:

Image Fight
Kickle Cubicle
Metal Storm
Sqoon

Notables: Of these four games, Kickle Cubicle is by far the best. Its action/puzzle elements and boss fights are fun from beginning to end.  Since IREM excels in making shooters, I was disappointed by both Image Fight and Metal Storm and thought they were both too generic and difficult.  Sqoon is more fun and has a unique concept of a lighthearted submarine shooter game.  It was a pretty early NES release and the graphics may not be up to your standards.  It also features a hilarious story in the manual.  

Status: For the most part, IREM seems to be dead or dying rapidly.  Their only real hit is the R-Type series of shooters that has graced many consoles, most recently the PlayStation.  They website was last updated in Summer 2000 and they don't appear to have any new releases planned.  

Best Titles: Definitely get Kickle Cubicle, you won't regret it.  Sqoon is worth it for some fun and its rarity.

Popularity of Games: Below average.

Rarity of Games: Above average, all are about equally rare.

Overall Rating: B

Website: http://www.irem.co.jp (gotta love the language select picture that appears!)