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"How many of these games are worthless?! All the LJN ones, I can tell you that, but there are good games here, there are! Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Contra, Castlevania, Mega Man, but then, A BIG FUCKING SHITSTORM HIT IT! A SHITSTORM OF HORRIBLE GAMES! And at the middle of it all, a rainbow! A rainbow of shit! LJN!"

Angry Video Game Nerd
LJN Official Logo.jpg
There is no gold at the end of this rainbow.
Founded: 1970 (briefly revived in 2000 and 2014)
Defunct: 1995
Founder: Jack Friedman
Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
Parent: MCA (1985-90)
Acclaim Entertainment (1990-95)

LJN (Norman J. Louis' initials backwards) was a toy company and video game publisher 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, which were mostly 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.

LJN is best-known today as a major target of the Angry Video Game Nerd, due to the low quality of their games. On his Shit Scale, most of them are on the "Very High" category (yellow)

List of Games



Game Boy

  • Alien 3
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (Not to be confused with the 2012 game that has the same title)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Not to be confused with the 2014 game that also has the same title)
  • 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
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Game Boy)
  • True Lies
  • WWF King of the Ring
  • WWF Raw
  • WWF Superstars
  • WWF Superstars 2

Why Their Games Sucked

NOTE: The first six reasons are from the 94th AVGN episode, "Back To The Future ReRevisited", colored after the Shit Rainbow/Spectrum of Awfulness. Below the reasons are a game each showcasing them.

  1. Putrid gameplay.
    • Major League Baseball: poor physics including terrible fielding, and sometimes the controls suffer from input delay.
  2. Bad musical abominations.
    • Beetlejuice: Music is not based on movies, instead this using original music, but music kinda happy music, not nightmare music.
  3. Graphical farts and garlic.
    • The Uncanny X-Men: the name is an accurate representation: poor graphics and palette swaps for every character.
  4. Piss-poor lack of loyalty to source material.
    • Back to the Future: barely faithful at all to the film, mostly in the horrible mini-games.
  5. "Orange (aren't) you a fucking idiot?"
    • Friday the 13th: a confusing to navigate game in which you can actually be going the opposite way you seem to be going.
  6. High-stress anger-inducing masochism.
    • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: horrible, slippery driving controls, slow searching, a time limit to writing down a password after a game over.
  7. Sometimes LJN didn't even credit the developers at all.

Put that all together, you got all the colors of the shit rainbow. Hooray LJN.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some of the games they published, Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage, the SNES/Genesis WWF games, Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage, Alien 3 and True Lies 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. A few of their games have great music (e.g. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wolverine and Beetlejuice).





18 months ago
Score 3
I have WWF SuperWrestlemania on the SNES, I've never realised it was an LJN game till a few years ago. After watching AVGN, I was shocked to find out it was an LJN game.

Deepthroat Ghoul

18 months ago
Score 2

Well, the thing is that none of these games were actually made by LJN, as it seems that James Rolfe and everyone else who acts like they were the worst thing to ever happen to the video-games industry completely forgets that (even before it became a front company for Acclaim) LJN was a publisher, not a developer. In fact, the one thing which James should remember from his review of Beetlejuice on NES is the majority of horrible LJN games that he has slagged off were developed by legit companies which included the likes of Atlus, Beam Software/Melbourne House (who also made the WCW SuperBrawl game on the SNES), Sculptured Software (the people responsible for the 16-bit WWF trilogy), and even freaking Rare.

Sure, for the most part they deserve their bad reputation as garbage merchants, but it's a tad bit unfair that LJN gets solely blamed for this, and that no-one has ever criticized any of those developers for willingly churning out such poorly-made licensed shit for a quick buck.


18 months ago
Score 3
You make a good point that the developers should be blamed too, but LJN published them so it also partly their fault these games got released.


17 months ago
Score 2
I played one of their games on playR.org, and TheLonelyGoomba, the first game reviewer I've watched, and been watching since 2014, reviewed it. It's called, "Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers. I feel like that game should get a page of its own on here.


14 months ago
Score 3
There is only shit at the end of the LJN Rainbow


10 months ago
Score 1
Yeah, I would say that too.


8 months ago
Score 2
I think we have a new LJN.

JaguarByte Productions

6 months ago
Score 1
Imagine if the Entertech line of toys wasn't made, maybe they'd still publish games.


5 months ago
Score 3
I love how someone who made this page or edited it used rainbow colors for reasons in "Why They And Their Games Sucked" see section, It's so funny!


4 months ago
Score 1
ONE simple unintentional minor mistake and BAM, you can no longer edit it. Kind of like many LJN games at the time.


4 months ago
Score 1
LJN was a toy company that made toys, while they weren't great they were decent enough to be good-sellers. But when they became video game publishers many of the games were mostly not great quality games, but people still bought them


4 months ago
Score 0
A good point made by Willg8686. And please, do not evade your bans.

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