Like many coin-op publishers, Irem never brought a sizeable number of its games to home consoles. Shooters, fighters, and hack-‘n-slashers rank among the releases that never left arcades. Join us as we take a look at some of the Irem games that we never got to play on our Sega consoles back in the day.
Author: Ken Horowitz
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