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There is no gold at the end of this rainbow... (unless you count their good games, but that's another story)

Laughing Joking Numbnuts (LJN/Norman J. Louis's initials backwards) was a toy company and video game publisher that was founded in 1970, and became defunct in 1995. The company published licensed games for the NES from 1987 and was, at the time, owned by MCA. The company was sold to Acclaim Entertainment in 1990, and published games for the NES, SNES and Game Boy that Acclaim acquired the rights to, as well as getting rid of their toy counterpart. LJN was folded by Acclaim in 1995, and was revived in 2000 for the Dreamcast port of the racing game Spirit of Speed 1937 (due to Acclaim wanting nothing to do with it), and most recently in 2014 by CollectorVision Games (along with Acclaim) for their homebrew games. LJN is infamous for their poor quality games, and is most frequently criticized by the Angry Video Game Nerd. A huge number of LJN's games were based on movies and TV shows.

Contrary to popular belief, LJN didn't develop games, they just published them. Most publishers do this, and LJN isn't the only one.

LJN also made an accessory, the Roll & Rocker, and even their own console, the LJN Video Art.

Why The Games They Published Suck

NOTE: This is a quote from the 94th AVGN episode, "Back To The Future ReRevisited".

  1. Putrid gameplay.
  2. Bad musical abominations.
  3. Graphical farts and garlic.
  4. Piss-poor lack of loyalty to source material.
  5. "Orange (aren't) you a fucking idiot?"
  6. High-stress anger-inducing masochism.

Put them together, and you got all the colors of the Shit Rainbow. Hooray LJN.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage, the SNES/Genesis WWF games, and Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage are actually pretty decent, if not good.
  2. Without this company, James Rolfe may never have become the Angry Video Game Nerd.
  3. They made the awesome ThunderCats toyline, the first line of WWF action figures, and the popular but controversial Entertech toyline of water guns.
  4. There's plenty of companies that are far worse than LJN (e.g. EA, Activision and Microsoft).
  5. A few of their games have great music (e.g. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage, Wolverine and Beetlejuice)
  6. CollectorVision Games is a good company and, despite LJN being a brand of CollectorVision, at least it's given some good use, compared to Acclaim Entertainment.
  7. The founder of LJN also founded two other companies, THQ , which was a huge improvement over LJN and Jakks Pacific. The former is now revived as THQ Nordic, and the latter still exists.
  8. LJN is referenced in the 2016 film Shooting Clerks with the character of Leonard James Nash, played by none other than James Rolfe himself.

Videos

List of Games

NES

SNES

Gameboy

  • Alien 3
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Not the new one)
  • Beetlejuice
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure
  • The Incredible Crash Dummies
  • NBA All-Star Challenge
  • NFL Quarterback Club
  • NFL Quarterback Club II
  • Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball
  • Spider-Man / X-Men
  • Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers
  • True Lies
  • WWF King of the Ring
  • WWF Raw
  • WWF Superstars
  • WWF Superstars 2

Dreamcast