|Irem Software Engineering|
|Headquarters||Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan|
|Other Names||International Playing Machine|
Irem Software Engineering, Inc. is a Japanese game developer and publisher best known for the R-Type series.
Irem was founded in 1974 with the name International Playing Machine, but changed their name to Irem Corporation in 1979. Irem also published games on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
In 1994, they ceased all new game development. The company was given renewed life when, on April 15, 1997, Nanao (which later merged with Eizo Corporation) founded Irem Software Engineering, Inc..
For the game Kickle Cubicle, Masahiko Ishida programmed a sound driver and used a piece of software for the NES that worked like a piano roll.
Irem's SNES sound driver, based on the credits in various games, was programmed by Motoyuki Yoshioka. Unlike most other SNES sound driver, Irem's SNES sound driver is unique and is not based on Nintendo's Kankichi-kun sound driver.
However, there were other sound programmers credited in games that use the same driver; "H. Saitoh" (R-Type III), Ryo and Question (Undercover Cops), and Toshihiko Kobayashi (Rocky Rodent).
- Hiroshi Futami
- Hiroshi Kimura
- Ichiro Takagi
- Ikuko Mimori
- Kakinuma/Shuly Kakinuma
- Kenji Yamazaki
- LN Project
- Masahiko Ishida
- Masato Ishizaki
- Milton Joe
- Motoyuki Yoshioka
- Ran/Ran at Work
- Takushi Hiyamuta
- Taniyama (Sound programmer for Irem Skins Game?)
- Toru Watanabe
- Yasuhiro Kawakami
- www.irem.co.jp - Official.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irem - Wikipedia.
- mobygames.com/company/irem-software-engineering-inc - MobyGames.