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.
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 f**king idiot?"
- High-stress anger-inducing masochism.
Put them together, and you got all the colors of the S**t Rainbow. Hooray LJN.
- 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.
- Without this company, James Rolfe may never have become the Angry Video Game Nerd.
- They made the awesome ThunderCats toyline, the first line of WWF action-figures, and the controversial Entertech toyline of water guns.
- There's plenty of companies that are far worse than LJN (e.g. EA, Digital Homicide and modern day Konami).
- A few of their games have great music (e.g. Spider-Man & Venom : Maximum Carnage , Wolverine and Beetlejuice for NES)
- CollectorVision Games is a good company, and despite LJN being a brand of CollectorVision, at least it's given some good use compared to the also trademark brought Acclaim.
- The founder of LJN also founded two other companies, THQ and Jacks Paciffic, The former is now revived as THQ Nordic, and the Latter still exists.