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LJN Entertainment, Inc.

Moby ID: 2234

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  • LJN, Inc. (from 1994 to 1996)
  • LJN, Ltd. (from 1990 to 1994)
  • LJN Toys, Ltd. (from 1970 to 1990)

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LJN was founded in 1970 by Jack Friedman, originally as a toy company. In 1985, MCA, who at the time owned Universal City Studios, Inc., bought LJN so Universal could make the movies and LJN could make the toys. In 1987, LJN began publishing games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. LJN never developed the games, they were only the publisher. Also in 1987, LJN began selling a line of highly realistic-looking water guns under the name Entertech. Due to company losses and controversy surrounding the Entertech guns, MCA sold LJN, in 1989, to Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. Acclaim shut down, sold or phased out all toy divisions and continued using LJN as a video game publisher until 1995, when LJN was folded into Acclaim. The U. S. Dreamcast version of Spirit of Speed 1937 was released using the LJN name but the company itself no longer existed at that time.

Credited on 58 Games from 1979 to 1999

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Spirit of Speed 1937 (1999 on Windows, Dreamcast)
NFL Quarterback Club (1995 on Game Boy, Game Gear)
Cutthroat Island (1995 on Game Boy, SNES, Genesis...)
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994 on SNES)
Spider-Man / Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994 on SNES, Genesis)
The Incredible Crash Dummies (1994 on NES)
NFL Quarterback Club (1994 on SNES, Genesis)
Spider-Man (1994 on SNES)
Warlock (1994 on SNES, Genesis)
WWF Raw (1994 on Game Boy, SNES, Genesis...)
T2: Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (1993 on SNES, Genesis)
WWF King of the Ring (1993 on Game Boy, NES)
AlienĀ³ (1993 on SNES)
WWF Royal Rumble (1993 on SNES, Genesis)
AlienĀ³ (1993 on NES)
AlienĀ³ (1993 on Game Boy)
NFL Quarterback Club (1993 on Game Boy)
Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers (1993 on Game Boy)
The Incredible Crash Dummies (1993 on SNES, Genesis, Amiga)
NBA All-Star Challenge (1992 on SNES, Genesis)

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Trivia +

LJN's name came from the initials of Norman J. Lewis, reversed. Norman J. Lewis was a former employer of LJN Toys' founder Jack Friedman and Mr. Lewis was also an early financial backer.

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