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Spirit of Speed 1937 has a reputation for being one of the worst racing games ever produced. It’s also known for being the last release from LJN. In spite of being, for all intents and purposes, dead for five years at that point, the infamous rainbow has a place of prominence on the box art. How could a company release a game five years after it went bust? No one knows for sure, but I have a theory…which you can find out on the newest LJN Defender! Thanks for watching:)
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The LJN Defender is a series where I take on the unenviable role of sticking up for the company that has been nicknamed the “Shit Rainbow” in recent years by the AVGN and other notable critics.
LJN obtained the majority of the licenses for movie and comic properties for Nintendo consoles, such as the NES, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy. The high expectations held for video games based on beloved Marvel comics and movies lead to feelings of disappointment in kids of the ’80s and ’90s when they finally played what Beam Software, Atlus, Rare, etc. had to offer. It’s this disappointment that resulted in LJN receiving the reputation of producing crappy games to strike while the iron is hot.
This may be true, but just because a game has flaws, doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun. I grew up with these games just like many of you out there, and I enjoyed the time that I spend with them back then and to this day. That’s why I decided to create The LJN Defender. In this series, I will be voicing the opinion of the minority, those that like playing “bad” video games every now and then.
Over the course of the series, I will eventually end up covering the entire LJN catalog. Which will I be able to redeem and which are beyond redemption? Tune in to the continuing adventures of The LJN Defender to find out!
Have a retro title that you’d like to see me review or a “bad” game that you’d want to see me give a fair trial on Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Feel free to suggest one in the comments.
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