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"''How many of these games are worthless?! All the LJN ones, I can tell ya that! But there are good games here, there are! Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Contra, Castlevania, Mega Man, but then, A BIG FUCKIN' SHITSTORM HIT IT! A SHITSTORM OF HORRIBLE GAMES! And at the middle of it all, a rainbow. A rainbow of shit! LJN!"
—The Nerd, Episode 112 - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

LJN was a toy company and video game publisher that was notorious for its poorly made licensed video games. It is, by far, the gaming company whose output is most frequently criticized by the Nerd. The Nerd's various criticisms of LJN often focus on negative aspects such as rushed production, prolific glitches and the company's attempt to make easy money by producing games that would capitalize on the relative popularity of movies or other intellectual properties in non-gaming media, while often failing to provide any noticeable reflection of said IP.

AVGN refers to the company's logo as the "Shit Rainbow". The Nerd also talks about LJN being what seems like the only game company who can get a hold of the licensing for movie rights to make video games.

In 1990, the company was bought by Acclaim Entertainment, and LJN was folded into Acclaim in 1995.

LJN was the enemy of James, otherwise like Bugs Bunny, Jason Voorhees, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Freddy Krueger.

Games by LJN reviewed by AVGN[]


According to The Nerd, LJN stands for "Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts" though it really came from the reversed initials of "Norman J. Lewis". The LJN logo depicts all the colors of the 'Shit Rainbow' seen in all of their games:

  • Purple: Putrid Gameplay
  • Blue: Bad Musical Abominations
  • Green: Graphical Farts and Garlic
  • Yellow: Piss-poor Lack of Loyalty to Source Material
  • Orange: Orange (Aren't) You a Fuckin' Idiot (possibly due to the cartridge art deceiving you into believing you're playing an actual OK game)
  • Red: High Stress Anger Inducing Masochism

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