LJN (Laughing Joking Numbnuts/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 only revived in 2000 for the Dreamcast port of the racing game Spirit of Speed 1937. 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.
Why the games they published Suck
NOTE: This is a quote from the 94th AVGN episode, "Back To The Future ReRevisited".
- Putrid gameplay.
- Bad musical abominations.
- Graphical farts and garlic.
- Piss-poor lack of loyalty to source material.
- "Orange (aren't) you a fucking idiot?"
- High-stress anger-inducing masochism.
Put them together, and you got all the colors of the Shit Rainbow. Hooray LJN.
- They're better than Data Design Interactive, Phoenix Games and Digital Homicide.
- Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage is probably the only good game that was published by LJN.