Western Animation: Saturday Supercade

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

An hourlong Animated Anthology of shorts, produced by Ruby-Spears for 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:

This series was unusual in that it collected characters from different video game companies. The character most obviously lacking, of course, was Pac-Man, who already had his own competing shownote  on ABC.

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


  • Adaptation Expansion: Most of the shows/segments.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In 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 Anti-Villain status: he had no animosity toward anyone, least of all Mario and Pauline, and was actually quite friendly and playful. He just didn't want to be stuck in a circus.
  • Adventure Towns: Frequently used in both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior.
  • Banana Peel / Slippery Skid: With Donkey Kong, of course.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: In Season 2, "K.O. Katie" Kangaroo in Kangaroo. In her 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.)
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Donkey Kong Jr. is basically Scrappy-Doo turned into a powerful monkey.
    DK Jr: "Monkey Muscle!"
  • Cartoon Physics: Frogger is flattened in every episode, and then reflated, usually with a bicycle pump.
  • Canon Immigrant: The new characters from the Pitfall! cartoon were then used in the game's first sequel, Pitfall! 2, and even showed up in some later games (such as Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure).
  • Chaste Toons: Allegedly, Pauline is revealed to be Mario's niece in the show. This becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when you realize that this would make Luigi her father.
  • Deep South: The Frogger segments is set in this kind of a swamp. Also, the Donkey Kong cartoon "Mississippi Madness".
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: Colonel Culpepper in the Donkey Kong cartoon "Mississippi Madness", who plots a jewel heist and tries to trick the big ape into helping.
  • The Fifties: The Q*bert segments are set in this kind of period in time.
  • Hypno Fool: 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.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Frogger's main profession is this.
  • Mischief Making Monkey: The Monkey Biz Gang in the Kangaroo segments.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the Q*bert segments, Julie McWhirter revived her Mae West impression for Coily's girlfriend, Viper.
  • Odd Name Out: The Monkey Biz Gang in "Kangaroo" consisted of four monkeys named Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Fred.
  • Once per Episode: In the Donkey Kong segments, the titular character grabs Pauline, and it is up to Mario to save her.
  • Roadrunner Vs Coyote: The Donkey Kong segments.
  • So Once Again, the Day Is Saved:
    Mario: "It's not easy when you're dealing with..."
  • Southern Belle: Miss Persimmon, owner of a banana plantation, in the Donkey Kong cartoon "Gorilla My Dreams".
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Barnacle and Long John in the Donkey Kong cartoon "Gorilla My Dreams".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Donkey Kong's appetite for bananas made its first appearance here.