15 posts tagged irem
Absolutely absurd artwork for Irem’s Pachipara 3D. I can’t help but laugh trying to imagine what story this pachinko game must have that would explain this art.
Pachipara 3D: Ocean Story 2 trailer. It tears me up to see that this is what’s left of Irem; over the last year, it’s made a concerted effort to disappear off the face of the earth, canceling games, and even removing games from digital marketplaces like PSN and Virtual Console. And now, pachinko games.
This one’s a bit more noteworthy than others because it includes four emulated Game Boy games: Hammerin’ Harry, Ninja Spirit, Undercover Cops, and R-Type. That’s a pretty cool compilation, even if it is inside a pachislot game that will never, ever be localized.
"Irem vs Taito" by Paul Robertson (click for a much larger image). It’s pixelart pandemonium as the titans of these two Japanese video game publishers duke it out!
Hammerin’ Harry versus the Puzzle Bobble Crew! Ninja Baseball Bat Man versus Time Gal's Reika! R-Type crafts versus Darius ships! Mr. Heli versus Invaders! The only battle missing is the kusoge match-up of the millenium, Deadly Towers' Prince Myer versus Beat Takeshi.
Robertson created this image and two others — one based on Konami’s obscure arcade beat’em up Violent Storm, and another NSFW piece for Custer’s Revenge — for the Super iam8bit show. See them all here.
Perfect reminder to watch some King of Famicom.
Poor Spelunker! Even his most powerful, effective attack is based on his crippling weakness. My favorite attack is also from Team Irem: Thomas’s random tonfa fusillade, consisting of “Tonfa Punch!,” “Tonfa Kick!,” “Tonfa Beam!” … “Tonfa Balance!,” “Tonfa Rolling!,” “Tonfa Pushup!,” “Tonfa Do Nothing!” and “Tonfa Escape!” That tonfa is useful!
“Somewhere" by Mikael "Orioto" Aguirre. Click for a breathtaking full-size version of this R-Type tribute!
I’d be too distracted to shoot anything! Which would be a nice excuse for my poor shmup performance, actually.
This official wallpaper for R-Type Tactics II: Operation Bitter Chocolate is also pretty rad! It turns out I just like looking at R-Type artwork.
See also: More digital paintings by Orioto
“Spelunker of Love" by Snatch — the Spelunker music made into a theme song, about Spelunker. Proof that there’s someone out there for anyone, even the ineffectual and fragile Spelunker.
See also: Mikulunker
Minna de Spelunker Black for PS3. Apparently the first PSN Spelunker game wasn’t frustratingly unfair enough, so IREM came up with a sequel in which you can’t see shit.
The sequel has the same four-player split-screen mode as before, so now you and three friends can each not see a portion of the screen!
Classy Spelunker hoodie design from The King of Games’ Dotlike label. I saw the other “Weakest Explorer” design on a t-shirt in Irem’s booth at TGS, but limited my Spelunker purchases to the business card holder. It was very tempting to blow a bunch of money on a shirt that nobody would have understood (and few would have seen anyway).
This hoodie comes in three colors for ¥7800 ($87).
Kung Fu 2 trailer (retro remake, not Spartan X2).
KNPMaster completed and released his update of Irem’s beat’em-up, which adds new graphics, areas, mechanics, and more. I could do without the blinking combo text and fireballs, but the revamped look is very nice!
Is that boss in the wifebeater supposed to be rapper Rick Ross? It would be fantastic if he made his entrance with, “I’m the second boss that you’ve seen thus far.”
"Amor Pixeleado" by Samir Sanchez.
AkibaBlog has a gallery of pictures from a preview event for Minna de Spelunker at the Akihabara Messe Sanoh store. Look how many people showed up to play Spelunker! Because I can’t post something from AkibaBlog without quoting some of the wonderful text, “In the session held at Messe, of course, he died again, and again, and again.”
I was going to ask why a store would even agree to let its entrance be crowded for a game it can’t even sell (Minna de Spelunker is a PSN title), but then I saw all that Spelunker merchandise.