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Today in Nerd History | April 27

Rev up your engines, don your capes, and prepare for some intergalactic showdowns because today we’re celebrating a trio of pop culture powerhouses that have left their mark on gaming and cinema. On April 27, we dive into the superhero MMO “City of Heroes,” race through the wildly fun tracks of “Mario Kart Wii,” and brace ourselves for the epic battles of “Avengers: Infinity War.” Each of these milestones brought us together in different ways, whether we were teaming up to save the city, competing in frenetic races, or watching our favorite heroes face their toughest challenge yet. Let’s explore some “Nerdy Facts” about these fan-favorite adventures.

2004: City of Heroes (PC)

“City of Heroes” soared onto PCs, offering players the chance to create their own superhero and protect the fictional Paragon City from a host of villains and disasters. This game pioneered the MMORPG genre for superhero fans.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Super Customization: “City of Heroes” was renowned for its highly detailed character creation system, allowing players to customize everything from powers and abilities to intricate costume designs, setting a new standard for player personalization in MMORPGs.
  • A Community of Heroes: The game fostered a strong, tight-knit community, known for its friendly environment and collaborative spirit, which was a bit of an anomaly in the often competitive atmosphere of online gaming.
  • Legacy Lives On: Despite the game’s official servers shutting down in 2012, the dedicated fan base has kept the spirit of “City of Heroes” alive through private servers and fan-run projects, proving that superheroes never really say goodbye.
2008: Mario Kart Wii (Wii)​

“Mario Kart Wii” skidded into our living rooms, bringing the iconic Mario Kart series to the Wii with new tracks, characters, and the innovative use of the Wii Wheel, making it one of the best-selling games of its time.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Wii Wheel Revolution: The game included the Wii Wheel, a plastic shell that housed the Wii Remote to simulate a steering wheel, enhancing the driving experience and making it accessible for players of all skill levels.
  • Record Holder: “Mario Kart Wii” became one of the franchise’s most successful entries, selling over 37 million copies worldwide and becoming one of the best-selling games on the Wii.
  • Expansive Roster: This installment expanded the playable roster to include a wide range of characters from across the Nintendo universe, along with the introduction of motorbikes as a new vehicle option, adding a fresh twist to the classic kart racing formula.
2018: Avengers: Infinity War (Theaters)​

“Avengers: Infinity War” exploded onto the big screen, bringing together nearly every character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a showdown against the formidable Thanos, who seeks to obliterate half of all life in the universe with the snap of his fingers.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • A Cinematic Gathering: “Infinity War” was one of the largest ensemble casts in a superhero film, featuring characters from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, culminating in an unprecedented crossover event.
  • Box Office Behemoth: The film smashed box office records, achieving the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time at the time of its release and ultimately grossing over $2 billion worldwide.
  • A Decade in the Making: “Infinity War” represented the culmination of a decade’s worth of storytelling within the MCU, bringing together narrative threads and character arcs that had been developed across 18 films leading up to this epic confrontation.

April 27 is a day to remember in the realms of gaming and film, reminding us of the joy, excitement, and occasional heartbreak that come with our favorite forms of entertainment. Whether you’re saving virtual cities, racing through Mushroom Kingdom, or battling cosmic villains, today celebrates the incredible creativity and enduring appeal of these beloved franchises. Happy Nerd History Day to all who continue to play, watch, and dream big!

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