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April 20th, 2012

This week in Nerd Rage, Elliott unveils his plans for Avengers costumes. And I think that's all I'll say about the comic this week.

By the time you're reading this news post, it will be Friday. Which means Anime St. Louis will be happening. Which means you should go to Anime St. Louis, because I'll have a booth! I'll be selling prints and comics and maybe even something new. If you're in the Collinsville area April 20th-22nd, you have no excuse to not be there!

This also marks the 75th strip in the archive. The numbering is kinda goofy because some story arcs are cut up and some aren't and there are at least two strips I don't truly consider part of Nerd Rage (see if you can guess which ones), but this is probably something comics celebrate. Whoopee. Party horn noise. Cake is to your left, but we're out of paper plates.

Because I can't go one week without discussing Prometheus, here's the latest viral video for the movie, featuring Michael Fassbender's android David:

Since I discussed Zynga two weeks ago and Angry Birds last week, it only seems fitting that I mention the former attempted to buy out the latter. FarmVille developer Zynga offered a whopping $2 billion to buy out Angry Birds developer Rovio -- which Rovio declined.

Good news, pizza-afficianados! If you have an iPad, Dominos is announcing a convoluted fun way of ordering a pizza -- by making it in Pizza Hero. Weirder yet, in what is basically the plot of The Last Starfighter, after making a completing a couple challenges (ie: making a couple virtual pizzas) it will redirect you to a Dominos job application. Yeah.

This week news sources have been discussing talk that Pikmin 3 and a new Super Mario Bros. game will be on show for the Wii U at E3. This shouldn't exactly be surprising; Miyamoto admitted Pikmin 3 had moved from the Wii to the Wii U last June, making it one of the few Wii U games actually confirmed to be in development.

Game Informer discussed a number of rumors involving the Wii. While I normally wouldn't touch pure speculation from Game Informer, there's some interesting points of speculation.

1. Will the Wii U support more than one tablet controller? Nintendo has only officially announced functionality with one controller. As a family toy, this could be problematic: of course everyone wants to play with the new, fun controller. On the other hand, support for additional controllers will raise the costs involved. It's quite clear the controller itself will be a pricy piece of hardware; the gamers that complain about it only supporting one may not be happy to fork out money for an extra controller or two. Or three. Crystal Chronicles complaints, anyone?

2. The power of the console. It's obvious this is a stop gap with faultering Wii sales. But with Sony and Microsoft preparing to launch new platforms sooner rather than later, how effective will this be? Even if the Wii U is "more powerful than the Xbox 360", it won't compete with next generation hardware. Nintendo isn't getting ahead a generation, they're stepping in earlier with the least powerful performer. Undercutting on the hardware earned Nintendo extra sales early on with the Wii but lead to a dismal later years for the console. On the other hand, Nintendo seems to do whatever they please...Sony and Microsoft may be building a stable of exclusive franchises, but Nintendo is the king of this. They know gamers know there's only one guy who can give them Mario and Zelda and Metroid. That brand loyalty limped them through the GameCube years.

3. Wii U name change. This would be interesting, some sort of reverse Revolution-to-Wii scenario. I'd like to see it happen, but not because I dislike the name "Wii U".. Nintendo is clearly hoping to bring in non-gamer brand recognition with the Wii name, but what they're doing is confusing consumers. To many people (particularly casual fans) were confused on if the new tablet controller would work with their Wii or if the Wii U was a whole new platform. While its important to keep your customers familiar with the branding, it's also important to make sure they know what to go buy.

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