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LJN was a toy company and video game publisher. It is notorious for its poorly made licensed video games. It is one of the most frequently targeted gaming companies of the Nerd's criticisms by far. The Nerd's hatred of LJN stems from rushed production, numerous glitches, and the company's attempt to make a fast buck by making movie-themed games that barely have anything to do with the actual movie. AVGN refers to the company as "Laughing Joking Numbnuts" and the "Shit Rainbow." The Angry Video Game 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 1995, LJN was absorbed by Acclaim Entertainment, its parent company.

Games by LJN reviewed by AVGNEdit

  • The Karate Kid (NES/1987) (Reviewed in the episode of the same name.)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (NES/1989) (Reviewed in the Roger Rabbit episode.)
  • Back to the Future (NES/1989) (Reviewed twice in the Back to the Future episode and Nintendo Days Re-Revisited).
  • Back to the Future Part II & III (NES/1990) (Reviewed twice in the Back to the Future episode and Nintendo Days Re-Revisited).
  • Friday the 13th (NES/1989) (Reviewed in the episode of the same name).
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES/1990) (Reviewed in the episode of the same name).
  • Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (NES/1992) (Reviewed in the Spider-Man episode).
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (Game Boy) (Reviewed in the Spider-Man episode).
  • The Uncanny X-Men (NES/1989) (Reviewed in the X-Men episode).
  • Wolverine (NES/1991) (Reviewed in the X-Men episode).
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (NES/1992) (Reviewed in the Terminator (Part 2) episode).
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Game Boy/1991) (Reviewed in the Terminator (Part 2) episode).
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (SNES/1993) (Reviewed in the Terminator (Part 2) episode).
  • Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage (NES/1988) (Reviewed in the How The Nerd Stole Christmas episode).
  • Jaws (NES/1987) (Reviewed in the Spielberg Games episode).
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (NES/1991) (Reviewed in the episode of the same name).
  • Alien 3 (NES/1992) (Reviewed in the episode of the same name)
  • Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (SNES/1994) (Reviewed in AVGN: Wish List (Part 2)) - The only game that the Nerd has stated as "Not a bad LJN Game"

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According to The Nerd, LJN stands for Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts. It is also called the "shit rainbow" and makes remarks about no gold being at the end of the rainbow. 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 Fucking Idiot (possibly due to the cartridge art decieving you into believing you're playing an actual decent game)
  • Red: High Stress Anger Inducing Masochism
  • And there you go, all the colors of the Shit Rainbow. Hooray LJN.

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