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LJN

By: SPMAN

    A division of Acclaim. Back in the late 80's Nintendo had strict rules limiting the number of unique games a company could produce each year. These rules were enforced so that Nintendo wouldn’t end up with the overload of crappy games that nobody wanted to buy that killed Atari in the early 80's. To get around these rules, companies like Konami and Acclaim made branches that were technically considered separate companies. With this, companies could shell out crappy game after crappy game and that is exactly what they did. Before producing games, LJN produced action figures, most notably for the WWF. These action figures are worth a buttload of dough these days in even the shittiest of condition. The crap that LJN shelled out includes:

Alien 3

Back to the Future

Back to the Future 2&3

Beetlejuice

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adv,

Crash Dummies

Friday the 13th

Gotcha

Jaws

Karate Kid

Major League Baseball

Marvel's X-Men

NFL Football

Nightmare on Elm Street

Pictionary

Punisher

Roger Clemens MVP Baseball

Spiderman

T&C Surf Designs

Terminator 2

Thrilla’s Surfari

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Wolverine

Wrestlemania Challenge

Wrestlemania Steel Cage

     License after license after license if it was out there they made a game of it. They were all crap too. Maybe one or two games have a few redeemable qualities but the other 99.9% are a giant blemish on the NES's otherwise excellent track record.

Status: Acclaim repealed this company in 1994, only to bring it back for whatever reason earlier this year to release Spirit of Speed on Dreamcast.

Website: http://www.acclaim.com

Best Titles: None, but if I MUST choose, I'd say Thrillas' Surfari, Alien 3, and The Punisher are somewhat fun for about 30 seconds.

Popularity of the games: Low

Rarity of the games: Common, With Thrilla, Alien 3, and Crash Dummies being exceptions.

Overall Rating: D-