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<p>R-Type<sup id="cite_ref-2" class="reference"></sup> is a horizontal-scrolling shooter arcade game developed and released by Irem in 1987. The player controls a star ship, the R-9 “Arrowhead”, in its efforts to destroy the Bydo, a powerful alien race bent on wiping out all of mankind. The R-9 can acquire a glowing orbicular device called a “Force”, protecting it from enemy fire and providing additional firepower. The arcade version was distributed by Nintendo in North America; it is the last arcade title Nintendo distributed.</p> <p><i>R-Type</i> was the first game to run on Irem’s 16-bit M72 arcade system. Initially a joke among staff, the Force was based on dung beetles. The development team drew inspiration from <i>Gradius</i>, <i>Aliens</i> and works by H.R. Giger. Music was composed by Masato Ishizaki, while character designs were done by “AKIO”.<sup id="cite_ref-STGv9_3-0" class="reference"></sup> The game’s title stems from the word “ray”, as in a ray of light, in reference to the player’s raylike weapons used throughout the game.</p> <p><i>R-Type</i> was celebrated by critics for its graphics and addictive gameplay, although it would receive criticism for its high difficulty level. It is commonly cited as one of the best shoot ’em up video games, as well as one of the greatest video games of all time. Its success would prompt the creation of several sequel and spin-off games, alongside home ports and releases for digital distribution services.</p>

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