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 November 21st in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
THE GREATEST HERO YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF
In 1985, Booster Gold made his first appearance in Booster Gold #1. The issue was written and drawn by Dan Jurgens, who created the character as a glory-seeking showboat from the future.
Nerdy Fact: Booster Gold is not his real name, but a nickname he got from a robot named Skeets, who became his sidekick and best friend. His real name is Michael Jon Carter, and he is from the 25th century. Booster Gold stole a suit of high-tech armor, a flight ring, a force field belt, and a time machine from the Metropolis Space Museum, where he worked as a night watchman. He traveled back to the 20th century to become a superhero and a celebrity.
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY
In 1994, Donkey Kong Country released on the Super Nintendo. This platform game features Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong as they try to recover their stolen bananas from King K. Rool and his army of Kremlings.
Nerdy Fact: Donkey Kong Country was the best-selling Super Nintendo game not bundled with the console. It sold over 9 million copies worldwide and was the third-best-selling SNES game of all time. It also helped Nintendo win the console war of the 1990s and maintain the SNES’s popularity into the fifth generation of video game consoles.
REAL-LIFE FAIRY TALE
In 2007, Enchanted released in theaters. This movie combines animation and live-action to tell the story of a fairy tale princess who finds herself in the real world of New York City and falls in love with a lawyer. It is a tribute to and a parody of Disney’s classic animated films.
Nerdy Fact: The musical number “That’s How You Know” in Central Park took 17 days to film, due to the changing weather and the fans of Patrick Dempsey.
In 2008, Twilight released in theaters. This film based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer, is about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire and faces danger from his enemies.
Nerdy Fact: A restaurant in Forks, Washington, the town where most of the story is set, offers a Bella Burger on its menu. The burger comes with a special side: a pair of fake plastic vampire teeth!
BACK TO KONG COUNTRY
In 2010, Donkey Kong Country Returns released on the Wii. This platform game features Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in a quest to recover their stolen banana hoard from the Tiki Tak Tribe.
Nerdy Fact: If Donkey Kong is left alone for too long in the game, he will break out a DS-like device and begin playing a game that uses the original Donkey Kong sound effects.