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 Creator/{{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 [[Creator/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 Dave Mirra's name even after he asked not to be associated with the game, he eventually 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''. In May 2010, Acclaim Games was purchased by Playdom, which later was acquired by Creator/{{Disney}} in July. The new company operated for four years before Disney decided to bury the Acclaim name for good. In August, the company [[http://www.1up.com/news/game-publisher-acclaim-shuts-down-again ceased operations a second time]] on August 26, 2010.

A good majority of Acclaim's IPs are now held by Canadian-based publisher Throwback Entertainment. However, only time will tell if any new installments for these games will be released.

!!Games published/developed by Acclaim in its first incarnation:
* ''VideoGame/AggressiveInline''
* ''VideoGame/ArchRivals''
* ''BMX XXX''
* ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}'' (first two games only)
* ''VideoGame/{{Constructor}}''
* the ''Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX'' series
** ''Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX''
** ''Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX 2''
** ''Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX 3''
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon II: The Revenge'' (the NES version)
** ''Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones''
* ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin: Defender of the Future'' (published the U.S. [=PS2=] port)
* ''VideoGame/ExtremeG''
* ''VideoGame/{{Forsaken}}''
* ''VideoGame/FurFighters''
* ''[[VideoGame/RaySeries Galactic Attack]]'' (the U.S. Saturn home port of ''[=RayForce=]'')
* ''VideoGame/IggysReckinBalls''
* ''VideoGame/JudgeDredd'', a tie-in game for [[Film/JudgeDredd the Stallone film]]
* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueTaskForce'' (developed by Creator/{{Sunsoft}})
* ''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/{{Rambo}}'' (developed by Pack-In-Video)
* ''VideoGame/ReVolt''
* the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series
* ''VideoGame/{{Vexx}}''
* the ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors'' series (Developed by Rare)
* Various [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] video games, including:
** ''VideoGame/WWFWrestleManiaTheArcadeGame'' (home versions)
** ''WWF In Your House''
** ''WWF War Zone''
** ''WWF Attitude''
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