->''"Saturday Supercade! Gather 'round, we'll get your video friends together."''

An hourlong AnimatedAnthology of shorts, produced by Creator/RubySpears for Creator/{{CBS}}, based on early 1980s video games. As might be expected with the limited amount of plot in the games of that era, the stories diverged wildly from the games out of sheer necessity. The following games were featured:
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''
* ''Donkey Kong Junior''
* ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Kangaroo}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/QBert Q*bert]]''[[note]]the closest the show came to faithfully reproducing elements from the original game, with its trademark block hopping (complete with the original sound effects), "swear" bubbles and flying discs.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}''[[note]]featuring Pitfall Harry, his niece Rhonda, and their cowardly pet lion Quickclaw, all of whom [[CanonImmigrant later appeared in]] ''Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/SpaceAce''

This series was unusual in that it collected characters from different video game companies. The character most obviously lacking, of course, was VideoGame/PacMan, who had premiered the previous year in [[WesternAnimation/PacMan his own competing show]] on Creator/{{ABC}}.

Each game appeared to exist in its own universe, with the exception of the ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' stories, which shared one (though they didn't overlap).

* AdaptationExpansion: Most of the shows/segments.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** In ''[[VideoGame/QBert Q*bert]]'' (the video game) Sam and Slick are enemy characters, undoing Q*bert's work by changing the blocks back to their original colors. In the cartoon, they're good guys.
** Also for ''Donkey Kong's'' title character, at least upgrading him to AntiVillain status: he had no animosity toward anyone, least of all his owners Mario and Pauline, and was actually quite friendly and playful. He just didn't want to be stuck in a circus.
* AdventureTowns: Frequently used in both ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior''.
* BananaPeel / SlipperySkid: With Donkey Kong, of course.
* BoisterousBruiser: Donkey Kong.
* BoxingKangaroo: In Season 2, "K.O. Katie" Kangaroo in ''Kangaroo''. In her [[TrouserSpace Kangaroo Pouch Space]] she can hold lots of things, including her all-powerful boxing gloves. (In one lead-in bumper to ''Donkey Kong'', Katie pulled out Donkey Kong, who himself was wearing boxing gloves, while looking for the gloves.)
* BrattyHalfPint: Donkey Kong Jr. is basically [[ScoobyDoo Scrappy-Doo]] turned into a powerful monkey.
-->'''DK Jr.:''' "Monkey Muscle!"
* CartoonPhysics: Frogger is flattened [[ObligatoryJoke in every episode]], and then reflated, usually with a bicycle pump.
* CanonImmigrant: The new characters from the ''Pitfall!'' cartoon were then used in the game's first sequel, ''Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns'', and even showed up in some later games.
* DeepSouth: The ''Frogger'' segments is set in this kind of a swamp. Also, the ''Donkey Kong'' cartoon "Mississippi Madness".
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit: Colonel Culpepper in the ''Donkey Kong'' cartoon "Mississippi Madness", who plots a jewel heist and tries to trick the big ape into helping him.
* TheFifties: The ''Q*bert'' segments are set in this kind of period in time.
* HypnoFool: Donkey Kong in "New Wave Ape" becomes this when Harry Tweed uses a banana to hypnotize him to do his bidding. Mario and Pauline un-hypnotize the ape the same way.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Between Donkey Kong and Miss Persimmon in "Gorilla My Dreams", [[BlindWithoutEm after she loses her glasses.]] Averted in the end, however, when she ends up falling for the ship's captain.
** DK also has a major crush on Pauline.
* IntrepidReporter: Frogger's main profession is this.
* MischiefMakingMonkey: The Monkey Biz Gang in the ''Kangaroo'' segments.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The same three crocodiles harassed Pitfall Harry in every episode; [[SuperPersistentPredator He claimed they followed him everywhere.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In the ''Q*bert'' segments, Creator/JulieMcWhirter revived her Creator/MaeWest impression for Coily's girlfriend, Viper.
* OddNameOut: The Monkey Biz Gang in "Kangaroo" consisted of four monkeys named Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Fred.
* OncePerEpisode: In the ''Donkey Kong'' segments, the titular character grabs Pauline, and it is up to Mario to save her. However, in some episodes, Pauline is captured by the BigBad of the episode, meaning that it's up to Donkey Kong to save Pauline.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: Pauline was Mario's ''niece'' in this cartoon (as opposed to his girlfriend); this would prove HilariousInHindsight when ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' debuted later, with Luigi's first appearance.
* RoadrunnerVsCoyote: The ''Donkey Kong'' segments.
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved:
-->'''Mario:''' "It's not easy when you're dealing with..."\\
* SouthernBelle: Miss Persimmon, owner of a banana plantation, in the Donkey Kong cartoon "Gorilla My Dreams".
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Barnacle and Long John in the Donkey Kong cartoon "Gorilla My Dreams".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Donkey Kong's appetite for bananas made its first appearance here.