Weekly Nerd News: February 18


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:

After almost 20 years since its release, Tamagotchi is back! An app development company has licensed the rights to the game from its original creator and has recreated it in app form. There will be two modes of play: an old-school version that works like the original and a new version that utilizes users’ touch screens. Though not available for Apple devices yet, it will be soon. And that’s not all! The company also plans to release a product line with clothing and accessories later this year.

Hasbro is releasing a new Mr. Potato Head line, but with a nerdy twist. The company announced last week at the International Toy Fair that they will launch a Marvel line that includes Iron Man, Wolverine, and Thor and will possibly later expand to other characters as well. While Iron Man has been a Mr. Potato Head before, it will be the first time the other two have been immortalized in plastic parts. All three of these characters have movies coming out in 2013, with May’s Iron Man 3 first in the lineup.

Good news, fans of the Arkham series of Batman video games! A third game is in the works for release later this year. Rumor is the storyline will be set in the Silver Age of DC comics and will concentrate on when Batman and the Joker first met and also introduce other heroes and villains in the Batman universe. It has been reported, though, that the company behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City will not be behind this new release.

Harry Potter is getting a facelift, courtesy of a book cover redesign. An image of the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has been released online and will appear on bookshelves this September. This initiative is all part of the celebration of the series’ upcoming 15th anniversary. The other six book covers will be released at a later date and will feature key memorable moments from each book.

What would Star Wars be without John Williams’ classic score? Hopefully we won’t have to find out! Before playing the beloved theme at a concert last week, Williams introduced the song and mentioned how he would love to continue his work on the films and with George Lucas. One problem with this scenario? Lucas will not be involved with the new movies and new director JJ Abrams works almost exclusively with another composer. With any luck, Lucasfilm will require Williams score the new films and continue their collaborative tradition!

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