Android smartphone owners will soon be able to share in the masochistic bliss of Irem's notoriously difficult arcade shooter R-Type, which is set to arrive for the Android Market next month courtesy of retro emulation specialists DotEmu.

Irem's R-Type set a new standard for horizontally scrolling shooters upon its arcade debut in 1987, boasting tight level design and an innovative risk/reward mechanic allowing players to charge shots before firing. R-Type also saw a release last year for iOS devices in a joint publishing effort between DotEmu and Electronic Arts.

R-Type will be released on September 12th for the Android Market and Amazon's AppStore for Android.