Last Updated on October 12, 2023
ININ, Strictly Limited Games, IREM, and Tozai Games have announced the titles of the IREM Collection Vol. 3 and pre-orders for the exclusive and highly limited boxed editions. This collection celebrates the gaming legacy of IREM, one of the industry’s most esteemed developers.
This volume includes three arcade shoot ’em ups: Mr. Heli, Mystic Riders, and Dragon Breed. It’s set to launch in Q2 2024, and if you’re a collector, you can already snag exclusive Limited Editions (Playstation & Switch) starting on October 12! The physical edition of Volume 3 will be exclusively available through Strictly Limited Games in the West and through Tozai Games in Japan.
ININ and Tozai will handle the digital versions for the Western and Japanese markets on Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox, scheduled for release in Q2 2024.
IREM Collection Vol. 3 contents
The collection features the following IREM classics:
Mr. Heli is a quirky adventure where you steer a little-legged orange Chopper named Mr. Heli through a multitude of innovative stages. The heroic helicopter can soar through the stages, walks across lands, and wields three different weapons, each with two upgrade levels. Along the way, you’ll mine crystals, buy upgrades, and take on massive bosses.
Mystic Riders is a magical journey that’s a bit different from IREM’s usual dark and challenging shoot ’em up style. Developed by the same team that gave us the comical Daiku no Gen-san (Hammerin’ Harry), this shmup ventures into a world of fantasy and magic. Take on the roles of two comical and lighthearted characters, the wizard Mark and the witch Zeal, and start your (possibly co-op) adventure!
Dragon Breed is a thrilling dragon-themed shooter where you hop on a massive dragon named Bahamoot and ride into action! Don’t be fooled by his size, though – only your rider can take damage, while the dragon is a total beast absorbing the damage projectiles of countless opponents. Enemies bounce off its tail harmlessly, making it super satisfying for a player. There’s a bit of run-and-gun action, but the key is sticking close to your dragon buddy, thanks to its tail that blocks bullets and a killer charge shot.
What to expect:
- Three fantastic arcade-era IREM standard shoot ‘em ups.
- A quick save and load feature to guarantee your progress.
- Built-in filters to relive the original game experience.
- New integrated help functions, such as rewind and fast-forward features.
- Worldwide leaderboards to put your score on display.
- Many fantastic stages with bizarre enemies and enormous boss fights.
IREM COllection Volume 3 Limited Editions
Strictly Limited Games is giving IREM Collection Volume 3 the boxed legacy it deserves, with two unique limited editions available for pre-order exclusively via the Strictly Limited Games online shop.
The Limited Edition is limited to a maximum of 4,000 copies for Nintendo Switch, 1,500 for PlayStation 4, and 1,500 for PlayStation 5 at a price of 34,99 €, including a colorful game manual.
The Collector’s Edition is limited to a maximum of 2000 copies for Nintendo Switch, 999 for PlayStation 4, and 999 for PlayStation 5 for 89,99 €, including lots of additional collectibles:
- Game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5
- Collector’s Edition Box
- Colorful Game Manual
- Original Soundtrack
- Visual Compendium
- Reversible Posters
- Marquee Stickers
- Arcade Coin
- Desk Pad
- Retro Print Set
If you’re a fan of classic shoot ’em ups, or if you’re just looking for a new challenge, then I highly recommend checking out the IREM Collection Vol. 3. It’s a great collection of three fantastic games, and the limited editions are a must-have for any collector.