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Acclaim Entertainment was a U.S.-based video game publisher that released games over multiple gaming consoles and handhelds in the late 1980s, 1990s and the early part of the 21st century. A great deal of its output was either {{licensed game}}s or ports of many of {{Midway|Games}}'s arcade games (including the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' and ''VideoGame/NBAJam'' series).

The name "Acclaim" is dubious among gamers, due in part to the perception of the quality of its licensed output (which, in contrast to its arcade ports, generally ranges from [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames mediocre to poor]]), most of which it published under its Creator/LJNToys, Ltd. label (in the same way Creator/{{Konami}} did with "Ultra Games," due to Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s strict licensing policies during the NES era). It should be noted that Acclaim/LJN developed very few of its games. Most of the games they published were actually commissioned to external developers such as Creator/{{Rare}}, Beam Software, Pack-in Studios, and even Creator/{{Atlus}} (yes, the same people that did ''Franchise/MegamiTensei'', also developed the ''Film/TheKarateKid'' game). Even then, Acclaim still bears some responsibility just for the sole fact that they published their bad games.

The company made several questionable marketing decisions during its waning years (such as spending [[ValiantComics $65 million on a comic book company]], [[DueToTheDead being willing to foot the bill for a funeral as long as advertising is on the headstone]] and the infamous decision to [[HotterAndSexier include nudity]] in what became ''BMX XXX''; this, coupled with continuing to use his name even after he asked not to be associated with the game, angered Dave Mirra enough that he sued Acclaim for damages). The company eventually filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in September 2004, effectively shutting it down for good. Ironically, when Acclaim went under it had finished making an exceptionally good licensed game based on ''VideoGame/TheRedStar'', which was eventually picked up for publication by XS Games[[labelnote:note]]a division of Zenimax Media, parent company of Creator/BethesdaSoftworks[[/labelnote]] and released in 2007.

In 2006, another company acquired Acclaim's name and logo and called itself "Acclaim Games," acting as a publisher of {{MMORPG}}s such as ''BOTS'', ''[=9Dragons=]'' and ''The Chronicles of Spellborn''. The new company operated for four years before [[http://www.1up.com/news/game-publisher-acclaim-shuts-down-again ceasing operations a second time]] on August 26, 2010.

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!!Games published/developed by Acclaim in its first incarnation:
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* ''VideoGame/AggressiveInline''
* ''VideoGame/ArchRivals''
* ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}'' (first two games only)
* ''VideoGame/{{Constructor}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/DaveMirrasBMX Dave Mirra's BMX]]''
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon II: The Revenge'' (the NES version)
** ''Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones''
* ''VideoGame/ExtremeG''
* ''VideoGame/{{Forsaken}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/RaySeries Galactic Attack]]'' (the U.S. Saturn home port of ''[=RayForce=]'')
* ''VideoGame/IggysReckinBalls''
* ''VideoGame/LegendsOfWrestling''
* ''VideoGame/{{Machines}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Mortal Kombat|1}}'' (home versions)
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (home versions)
* ''VideoGame/NBAJam'' (home versions)
* ''VideoGame/PsychicForce'' (the U.S. [=PlayStation=] port)
** ''Psychic Force 2012'' (the U.S. Dreamcast port only)
* ''VideoGame/ReVolt''
* the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series
* the ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors'' series (Developed by Rare)
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