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Today in Nerd History | March 9

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 March 9th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

BARBIE’S DEBUT | 1959

In 1959, Barbie first went on display at the American Toy Fair. Barbie, the first mass-produced toy doll in the U.S. with adult features, was introduced as a “Teen-age Fashion Model” at the event in New York City.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she is from a fictional town called Willows, Wisconsin.

  • Barbie has had more than 200 careers, including astronaut, president, doctor, and rock star.

  • Barbie has a signature color: pink. She also has a favorite food: yogurt parfait.

300 | 2007

In 2007, 300 premiered in theaters. 300 is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors fought against the Persian army led by Xerxes.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie is based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller, who was inspired by the 1962 film The 300 Spartans.

  • The iconic line “This is Sparta!” was improvised by Gerard Butler, who played King Leonidas.

  • The dialogue spoken by the Oracle was just improvised gibberish by the actor Kelly Craig, who filmed the scene underwater.

SUPER SMASH BROS. BRAWL | 2008

In 2008, Super Smash Bros. Brawl released on the Nintendo Wii. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a crossover fighting game for the Wii that features characters from various Nintendo and third-party franchises, and introduces the Smash Ball item that allows players to unleash powerful Final Smashes.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • There was an entire website called the Smash Bros. Dojo that revealed new information on the latest game every day, such as characters, stages, items, modes, and music.

  • The soundtrack for Super Smash Bros. Brawl features over 24 hours of songs, composed by more than 30 musicians from various video game companies.

  • The game also has a hidden mode called the Masterpieces, where players can play demos of classic games that feature the Smash characters, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

CASTLE | 2009

In 2009, Castle premiered on ABC. Castle is a TV show about a best-selling mystery novelist who teams up with a homicide detective to solve unusual crimes in New York City.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The books that Castle writes in the show, featuring the characters of Derrick Storm and Nikki Heat, are actually published in real life under the pen name of Richard Castle. The real author behind the books is Tom Straw, a screenwriter and novelist.

  • Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, who play Castle and Beckett, may have dated in the early stages of the show, but later had a feud that made it difficult for them to work together. Some sources claim that they barely spoke to each other off camera and had to attend couples counseling.

  • Jon Huertas, who played Detective Javier Esposito, went on to play one of the most hated characters on TV, Miguel Rivas, on the NBC drama This Is Us. Miguel is the best friend of Jack Pearson, who marries Jack’s widow, Rebecca, after Jack’s death.

RESIDENT EVIL 4 (REMAKE) | 2023

In 2023, Resident Evil 4‘s remake was released on consoles and PC. Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror game that reimagines the 2005 original with modernized gameplay, a reworked storyline, and enhanced graphics.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Resident Evil 4 was originally developed for the PlayStation 2, but it became a GameCube exclusive as part of the Capcom deal with Nintendo. The remake was made for all consoles of that generation.

  • The original game introduced the over-the-shoulder perspective, which became a standard for many third-person shooters and action games. It also featured Quick Time Events (QTEs), which required players to press buttons during cinematic sequences and battles.

  • The game’s director, Shinji Mikami, was inspired by the classic horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which explains the presence of chainsaw-wielding enemies and the rural setting.

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