Background: LJN was a toy and video game company founded in 1970 by Jack Friedman. The name comes from the initials of its sales representative Lewis J. Norman, the reverse of Norman J. Lewis. In 1985, MCA bought LJN, and began publishing games for the NES in 1987, many of them being of notoriously low quality, some of them being named the worst video games ever. In 1990, LJN was sold to Acclaim, and eventually dissolved by them in 1994, along with other Acclaim labels (Flying Edge and Arena Entertainment). They made a brief in-name only return in 2000 when Acclaim used the brand to publish the Dreamcast port of Spirit of Speed 1937.
Nicknames: "The Rainbow", "LJN Rainbow", "The Spectrum of Awfulness", “Laughing Joking Numbnuts“
Logo: We see the words "Ljn LTD.", with a weird-looking rainbow behind it. "PRESENTS" is sometimes shown below.
Music/Sounds: None, or the opening theme of the game.
Availability: Seen on early games made and/or published by LJN.
Nicknames: "The Rainbow II", "LJN Rainbow II", "The Spectrum of Awfulness II", “Laughing Joking Numbnuts II”, "The Spinning Rainbow"
Logo: We see the LJN logo with just the text on a black background. Then, a rainbow of colors swirls around it once, forming the finished logo.
- Sometimes, the logo is still, and sometimes has "PRESENTS" written below.
- The Game Boy version is in black and white on a white background, but when played on the Super Game Boy or any other of Nintendo's color hand helds, the logo is "colorized", with the rainbow in red, orange, and yellow.
- On Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Spider-Man 3 for Game Boy, the logo is inside the black square on a white background.
- On NBA: All Star Challenge for the Super NES, the animation is more fluid.
- On Spider-Man: The Animated Series for the Super NES, the logo is on a blue spiderweb BG. Plus, the "Ljn" text isn't centered right.
- On Spider-Man & Venom - Maximum Carnage for the Super NES, the logo is on a dark red BG. The Genesis version has it on a white BG.FX/SFX: The rainbow. Sometimes, none.
Music/Sounds: A mystical chime sound, though sometimes silent or the opening theme of the game.
Availability: Seen on games made and/or published by LJN. A few titles with this include Warlock, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and True Lies for the SNES. Also appears on the Sega Dreamcast port of Spirit of Speed 1937.