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Today in Nerd History | February 12

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on February 12th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 | 1990

In 1990, Super Mario Bros. 3 launched on the NES in the U.S. Super Mario Bros 3 is a 2D platform game for the NES that features Mario and Luigi as they travel across eight worlds to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser and his Koopalings, using various power-ups such as the Super Leaf, the Frog Suit, and the Tanooki Suit.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The castle islands in World 3 resemble the islands of Japan. The castle itself is geographically placed where Nintendo Headquarters is located in Japan.
  • The game is more difficult in its Japan release. Taking damage while having a power-up higher than the super mushroom will revert you directly to Mario’s smallest form, where the western release requires 2 hits.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed a popular fan theory: Super Mario Bros. 3 never happened. It was all a play put on by Mario and friends, and clues are all over the game. A curtain is raised when the game is booted. Platforms are shown hanging from the rafters. Mario exits the stage at the end of each level. And if one performs a secret trick, the hero can even travel behind the set.
GROUNDHOG DAY | 1993

In 1993, Groundhog Day premiered in theaters. Groundhog Day is a comedy film about a cynical weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop and has to relive the same day over and over again until he learns to be a better person.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The film was not filmed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but actually in Woodstock, Illinois.
  • The original script had a different explanation for why Phil Connors was stuck in a time loop: he was cursed by an ex-girlfriend.
  • Though the official answer has never been given, it is estimated that Phil was stuck in the time loop between two weeks and 10,000 years. The closest answer to the truth given by screenwriter Danny Rubin is “more than one lifetime.”
GROUNDHOG DAY | 1993

In 1993, Groundhog Day premiered in theaters. Groundhog Day is a comedy film about a cynical weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop and has to relive the same day over and over again until he learns to be a better person.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The film was not filmed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but actually in Woodstock, Illinois.
  • The original script had a different explanation for why Phil Connors was stuck in a time loop: he was cursed by an ex-girlfriend.
  • Though the official answer has never been given, it is estimated that Phil was stuck in the time loop between two weeks and 10,000 years. The closest answer to the truth given by screenwriter Danny Rubin is “more than one lifetime.”
BARBIE AND KEN BREAK UP | 2004

In 2004, Barbie and Ken broke up after 43 years of being a perfect plastic couple, as part of a marketing campaign by Mattel to generate publicity and introduce a new love interest for Barbie.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Barbie’s new boyfriend was Blaine, an Australian surfer who had a tan and a ponytail.
  • Ken tried to win Barbie back by getting a makeover, including a new hairstyle, a more muscular body, and a softer gaze.
  • Barbie and Ken got back together on Valentine’s Day 2011, after seven years apart.
DEADPOOL | 2016

In 2016, Deadpool premiered in theaters. Deadpool is a superhero film that follows the origin story of Wade Wilson, a mercenary who becomes the antihero Deadpool after gaining accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie is known for its R-rated content, including graphic violence, strong language, and adult humor. The movie broke box office records, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film at that time.
  • The movie is praised for its unconventional narrative style, as Deadpool often breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly. The movie’s humor is often self-referential, including references to pop culture, movies, and even other comic book characters.
  • The movie is associated with the X-Men universe, but Deadpool has a complex relationship with the other characters.

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