''Nick Arcade'' is a GameShow that was produced for Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} in 1992. It was hosted by Phil Moore. The main part of the show consisted of a game board divided into 18 squares. Two pairs of contestants controlled a kid named Mikey, leading him to the goal to get points and avoid the enemy.

The most notable part was the "Video Challenge" squares, where one of the teammates got up to a wall of "arcade machines" (which usually had [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]], [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16, and UsefulNotes/NeoGeo games) and participated in a timed challenge on that game. Viewers could be treated to kids failing hard at collecting rings in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 Sonic the Hedgehog]]'', or the poor sap who chose ''[[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts]]''.

This show is notable for not only being one of Nick's many game shows that they created during the late 1980s and early 1990s, but having [[Music/{{NSYNC}} Joey Fatone]] as a contestant.

On October 26, 2014, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2fxsl_cIgA a copy of the original pilot for the show, courtesy of series co-creator Karim Miteff, resurfaced.]]
!!GameShowTropes in use:
* BonusRound: The Video Zone, essentially taking the players and putting them into a video game. There were three levels, the first two had random themes, while the third was one of three "bosses". Each teammate took a level, while both tackled the third. In each level, the team had to collect three items while avoiding pitfalls that would take one unit off their power meter; losing all five units causes the level to end and the player(s) would have to "reset". There was also a hidden powerup which might restore full power, freeze the action briefly, destroy all the enemies, or allow access to certain pathways. Collecting three items moved each teammate to the third level, completing that won the grand prize. The team also won a prize for each level completed, and each item collected won them $50. The team had a total of 60 seconds to get through all three levels; if they ran out of time, GameOver. [[SurpriseDifficulty This was much harder than it sounds.]]
* BonusSpace: "Prize" on the game boards, and technically the Video Challenges.
* DoubleTheDollars
* GoldenSnitch: The Video Challenges ''could'' have been... [[SubvertedTrope but most teams only ever bet 5 or 10 points]] (a question was worth 25, or 50 in round 2).
* LosingHorns: The time buzzer in the BonusRound was a series of short descending notes resembling an EvilLaugh.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Andrea Lively; Fran in the Pilot.
** GameShowHost: Phil Moore, who later hosted Nick's ''You're On!'' (1999) and appeared as a semi-regular panelist on ''Series/FigureItOut''; Niels Schuurmans in the Pilot.
** StudioAudience: Seen during the opening, and in wide-set shots.
* UndesirablePrize: The grand prize was often a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando...where the show was taped. Basically, this meant that if you weren't impressed with the park the first time, you "won" the opportunity to see the same things all over again. [[InvertedTrope On the other hand]], if you enjoyed the park, you got a return trip on Nick's dime.
* {{Whammy}}: The "enemy" square on the game board would automatically give control to the other team.
!!This show contains examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Smooch Aliens of the space stages, a pair of aliens (And not GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe kind) that cover Mikey with smooches whenever he lands on an enemy space.
* AWinnerIsYou: Beat the game wizard, and the message "You did it! You beat the game." flashes on the screen.
* BigBad: The Game Wizards. [[ShockAndAwe Merlock]], [[PlayingWithFire Scorcha]], and [[TheBrute Mongo]]. The winning team takes one of the three on in the [[BonusRound Video Zone]] for the grand prize.
* BigBoosHaunt: Creepyville as well as the Haunted Museum in the Video Zone.
* CelebrityEdition: On three occasions in Season 2, cast members from then-running Nickelodeon sitcoms would compete against each other. One episode had cast members from ''Series/SaluteYourShorts'' competing against each other, another episode had cast members from ''Welcome Freshmen'', and a third celebrity episode, which was the final taped episode, featured cast members from ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll''.
* ChromaKey: The Video Zone was made possible as part of a soundstage separate from the main set with ladders, platforms, and steps all painted in one color to overlay the platform elements of the game screen.
* {{Crossover}}: Moore cohosted the "Nickelodeon All-Star Challenge" that aired during The Big Help in 1994; crossing over with ''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}'', ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' and ''[[Series/WhatWouldYouDoNickelodeon What Would You Do?]]''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early tapings had the Pop Quiz consist of a choice between several categories that were related to where Mikey was currently at. This was later changed to just going straight to a question related to the board Mikey was currently in, and the choice between categories was now exclusively for the Goal.
* EpicFail: A contestant playing ''Super R-Type'' on the GrandFinale managed to score less than 1,000 points...and got a Game Over before time ran out.
* FakeDifficulty: The Video Zone is made considerably harder because the players can't see the obstacles they're facing directly, and only see an empty, monocolor stage. They have to look over at a monitor to see what obstacles are being projected onto them digitally. If you've never tried to perform coordinated actions by watching yourself on a live monitor, give it a shot with a webcam to see just how hard it is.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A few of the questions were about R-rated media, such as Creator/StephenKing's ''Film/{{Misery}}''. They also gave us this gem:
--> "Which of the following has the shortest average life span? A) A tree shrew. B) Adult mayfly. [[BlackComedy C) New York City cab drivers.]]
* GoodBadBugs: At least one winning team benefited from a brief delay between losing their last unit of power and the level resetting by grabbing the final orb during that interval.
* GrandFinale: The last taped episode was a ''Clarissa Explains It All'' celebrity special.
* HauntedHouse: The Creepyville board.
* InsideAComputerSystem: The Video Zone.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Whenever ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' or ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' were used, Moore would always call Dr. Robotnik "Dr. Robotonik", adding an extra "o" to his name for some reason. He would also occasionally forget a "t," calling him "Dr. Robo Nick."
* LevelAte: Food Frenzy from the Video Zone.
* {{Mayincatec}}: Ancient Tomb from the Video Zone.
* MinecartMadness: Runaway Rail Car from the Video Zone.
* NightmareFace: The floating blob creatures in some Video Zone rooms are harmless looking and almost cute until they suddenly open their mouths and charge, transforming into terrifying monsters with mouths full of ScaryTeeth.
* NintendoHard: The Video Zone. So many Game Overs, so many crushed dreams of children wanting to go to space camp.
* ObviousBeta:
** One of the games, played twice during the run, was [[http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_2_(Nick_Arcade_prototype) a very early version]] of ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2'' which used ''Sonic 1''[='s=] Star Light Zone theme for Emerald Hill. The ROM was eventually dumped onto the Internet on November 7, 2006 and was even [[FanNickname dubbed]] the "Nick Arcade prototype." Not so obvious during the show's original run, its appearances caught the attention of the ''Sonic'' fanbase during the repeats on Nick GAS.
** The unaired pilot also had footage from a beta version of ''Sonic 1'', while the actual show used the final American version of the game.
* OpeningNarration:
** '''Pilot''': ''"Hey you guys, pause those [=VCRs=] and put down those joysticks. It's time for Nick Arcade, the show that tests your video savvy and your video game skills. Today, one lucky team will actually get to go inside a video game, for a chance to win this fabulous bonus prize: A trip to Universal Studios Florida! And now, here's the host of Nick Arcade, the best-dressed Tetris player in the free world, Niels Schuurmans!"''
** '''Season 1''': ''"Behind this door is the Video Zone, a place between our world and the video dimension. Waiting to challenge you for control of the Video Zone is one of the [[BigBad Game Wizards]]. Is it... Merlock, Scorcha, or Mongo?"'' *Camera pan over contestants* ''"These two teams will compete for the right to enter the Video Zone and face the Game Wizard's challenge. Who will it be? Find out today on... Nick Arcade! And now, here's your host, (insert preparatory phrase), Phil Moore!"''
** '''Season 2''': ''"Get ready for the ultimate Video Challenge, as these two teams go head-to-head with a maze of electronic obstacles for the right to face one of our Game Wizards in the Video Zone! (insert preparatory phrase here, like "Strap yourselves in!") Here comes... Nick Arcade! And now, here's your host, (insert preparatory phrase), Phil Moore!"''
* PieInTheFace: WeaponOfChoice for Game Over the bully enemy in the neighborhood stages:
--> '''Game Over''': *holds out a hand* Hold it ''right there'' bean brain! *[[{{Hammerspace}} produces pie from behind himself]] and splats the camera with it*
* {{Pilot}}: The original pilot for the show was taped in the Spring of 1991 on the ''[[Series/GetThePicture Get the Picture]]'' set. Niels Schuurmans was the host, and [[RecycledSoundtrack it recycled the theme]] from a short-lived Nick program called ''Outta Here!''. Schuurmans also hosted the December 10, 1990 pilot for ''Get the Picture'', which had the podiums from ''Family Double Dare''.
* ProductPlacement:
** You really think Nick went down to the Blockbuster off Vineland to get games? Nope, the developers paid good money to put their games in the Video Zone.
** Creator/{{Psygnosis}}, later to be acquired as Sony's European gaming studio, programmed the show's toss-up video games (''Post Haste'' and the various ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' clones) which determined control of Mikey.
** Bets for points in the Video Zone were scribbled down on a poorly-disguised Magna Doodle.
* SharedLifeMeter: The final level of the BonusRound had both teammates taking on the Game Wizard together. The power meter would drain if either player got hit by a baddie.
* ShiftingSandLand: The Forgotten Desert board.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Snow Slingers from the Video Zone.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/{{Starcade}}'' (1982-84), albeit with far less emphasis on playing video games and winning game-related prizes.
* TimeTravel: The Time Portal board.
* UnstoppableMailman: The ''Post Haste'' toss-up.
* TheWildWest: The Slurpy Gulch board.