Irem Arcade Collections Coming to Consoles in 2023

Publisher ININ Games in cooperation with Tozai and IREM have announced that five volumes of old-school IREM arcade games are coming to consoles as IREM Collections.

The first volume, planned for PS4, PS5, Xbox and Nintendo Switch, is expected to release by the end of the 2023. Several games in these collections never made their way outside of Japan, so this will be the first opportunity for many western gamers to play these 80s arcade classics.

The first IREM Collection will contain three games: Image Fight, Image Fight II, and X Multiply.

Here’s the official breakdown of each game from ININ:

Image Fight: Relive the golden age of shoot-em-up arcade games as you play a pilot fighting against an alien invasion. This collection also contains Image Fight in its 1990 PC Engine version (previously only available in Japan), and the 1990 NES version (sold in Japan and North America).

Image Fight II: Dive deeper into the narrative with new enemies, improved graphics and gameplay.

X Multiply: Explore a new biological world with unique gameplay mechanics – such as tentacles that can be used as weapons or a shield.

Volume 1 of IREM Collection is currently scheduled to release for PS4, PS5, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch in 2023. There are also plans for physical editions from Strictly Limited, though details of those versions are not yet available.

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  • I’m a sucker for these collections. Hoping one will include The Guardian Legend (assuming they still own the rights).

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    • Rusty Shackelford

      Right there with you! Freakin’ LOVED The Guardian Legend! Although, if they are only sticking with their arcade game library, then I guess we’ll have to wait for their NES Collection for The Guardian Legend, Metal Storm, and Kickle Cubicle fix we… Wait… Kickle Cubicle WAS an arcade game? Well, maybe we won’t have to wait so long for that forgotten gem at least! 😉


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