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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 games or ports of many of Midway's arcade games (including the Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam series).
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Founded by three former Activision workers, Greg Fischbach, Jim Scoroposki, and Robert Holmes, in New York in 1987, the name of the company was chosen to place them alphabetically ahead of Activision on release listing — something Activision themselves had previously done to get ahead of Atari.

In addition to the main "Acclaim" name, the company also published games under the labels LJN (for licensed games), Flying Edge (for releases on Sega consoles), Club Acclaim (for children's games), Acclaim Sports (for sports games), and AKA Acclaim (for extreme sports games). It should be noted that Acclaim developed very few of its games. Most of the games they published were actually commissioned to external developers such as Rare, Beam Software, Pack-In-Video, and even Atlus (yes, the same people that did Megami Tensei, also developed The Karate Kid game).

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In 1994, Acclaim acquired Valiant Comics, later giving the company a Continuity Reboot and renaming it to Acclaim Comics. Some of Acclaim's games since then (such as Turok and Shadow Man) were based on Valiant characters. The comics were shut down in 1999, with Valiant being rebooted under new ownership in 2012.

Acclaim eventually filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in September 2004, effectively shutting it down for good. Some of its unreleased games were acquired by other publishers (such as The Red Star, which was released by XS Games), while Valiant/Acclaim Comics was acquired by a group of investors and eventually relaunched under its original name.

In 2006, former Activision CEO Howard Marks acquired Acclaim's name and logo and used them to start a new company, called "Acclaim Games," acting as a publisher of MMORPGs such as BOTS, 9Dragons and The Chronicles of Spellborn. In May 2010, Acclaim Games was purchased by Playdom, which later was acquired by Disney in July. The new company operated for four years before Disney decided to bury the Acclaim name for good. In August, the company ceased operations a second time on August 26, 2010.

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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:


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