Saturday Supercade was an animated cartoon television show that aired on CBS from September 17, 1983 to December 1, 1984. Created by Ruby-Spears Enterprises, the show was based on popular arcade games of the time. Each episode was one hour long and comprised of several short segments centered around characters from the Golden Age of video arcade games.
The first season of the show consisted of segments based on five video games, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Pitfall! and Q*bert. During the first season the Pitfall! and Q*bert segments rotated weekly while the other three segments were included in every episode. During the second season Q*bert became a weekly segment, Donkey Kong continued as a weekly segment and the Frogger, Donkey Kong Jr. and Pitfall! segments were replaced with Space Ace and Kangaroo segments.
The series includes the first television appearances of Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Mario and Pauline. The inclusion of the characters was the first time that Nintendo’s characters were adapted into an animated television cartoon, predating “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!” by six years and the Japanese only “Super Mario Bros.: Pīchi-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!” by three years.
Frogger is an ace reporter of the swamp who works at The Swamp Gazette. He and his friends Shellshock “Shelly” Turtle and Fanny Frog go out in search of crazy stories to publish in the newspaper. Frogger also must deal with his gruff boss and editor-in-chief Tex Toadwalker. As in the game, he often has an encounter with an alligator or gets flattened by a passing car.
Donkey Kong has escaped from the circus. He is on the run, and Mario and Pauline are after him. As with the original game, Donkey Kong will often grab Pauline leaving Mario to rescue her. Plots typically centered on them encountering crime with the villains convincing Donkey Kong into doing their bidding while Mario and Pauline exposing the truth. After Mario and Pauline reveal the truth to Donkey Kong, the three of them team up to stop the villain’s plans followed by Donkey Kong evading Mario and Pauline again.
Donkey Kong Jr.
Donkey Kong Jr. is sad to find that his father has run away from Mario and the circus. He befriends a greaser nicknamed “Bones” who has a motorcycle and offers to help Junior by finding his dad together. Donkey Kong Jr’s catchphrase is “Monkey muscle!”, which he tells himself and Bones to inspire self-confidence. Bones often serves as the voice of reason when Donkey Kong Jr. bites off more than he can chew.
Pitfall Harry, his niece Rhonda, and their cowardly pet Quickclaw the Mountain Lion explore jungles for hidden treasures, having many different adventures along the way. Quickclaw and Rhonda later appeared in Pitfall II: Lost Caverns and Super Pitfall.
In a 1950s-inspired world set in the town of Q*Berg, a teenage fur-covered creature named Q*bert, his girlfriend Q*Tee, his brother Q*Bit, and his friends Q*Ball, Q*Val, and Q*Mongus must deal with the resident bullies Coily, Ugg and Wrongway, and Coily’s girlfriend Viper. As with the video game, the segment features “block-hopping” scenes, “swearing” bubbles and occasional flying discs from the original game. New to the cartoon was Q*bert’s use of “slippy-doos,” a black ball projectile which he loaded and fired through his nose, producing an oil slick wherever the balls splattered.
Space Ace is the always smiling self-confident champion of the “Space Command”, whereas when always “wimping out” to Dexter after being hit by the Infanto-Ray, he becomes clumsy and weak. With officer Kimberly, he works for Space Marshall Vaughn to keep the peace in the universe. They fight the evil alien commander Borf and keep him from invading Earth. Ace and Kim try to keep his ‘wimping’ situation secret and pretend that Dexter is Kim’s little brother to Vaughn.
Joey Kangaroo, his mother “K.O.” Katy Kangaroo and Sidney Squirrel must stop the Monkeybiz Gang members Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Fred, four meddlesome monkeys who are known from making trouble at the local zoo run by the zookeeper Mr. Friendly. The Monkeybiz Gang would cause trouble by trying to escape from the zoo and Katy would have to help keep them in line.
All Opening Theme Songs & Commercial For Saturday Supercade
|Episode||Season||Air Date||Episode Segments|
|1||S01E01||September 17, 1983||Frogger - The Ms. Fortune Story
Donkey Kong - Mississippi Madness
Donkey Kong Jr. - Trucknapper Caper
Pitfall! - Pitfall's Panda Puzzle
|2||S01E02||September 24, 1983||Frogger - Spaced Out Frogs
Donkey Kong - Gorilla Gangster
Donkey Kong Jr. - Sheep Rustle Hustle
Pitfall! - Amazon Jungle Bungle
|3||S01E03||October 1, 1983||Frogger - The Who-Took-Toadwalker Story
Donkey Kong - Banana Bikers
Q*bert - Disc Derby Fiasco
Donkey Kong Jr. - Rocky Mountain Monkey Business
|4||S01E04||October 8, 1983||Frogger - Hydrofoil & Seek
Donkey Kong - The Incredible Shrinking Ape
Donkey Kong Jr. - Magnificent 7-Year-Olds
Pitfall! - Raiders of the Lost Shark
|5||S01E05||October 15, 1983||Frogger - The Great Scuba Scoop
Donkey Kong - Movie Mania
Q*bert - The Great Q*Tee Contect
Donkey Kong Jr. - The Ventriloquist Caper
|6||S01E06||October 22, 1983||Frogger - The Headline Hunters
Donkey Kong - Gorilla My Dreams
Donkey Kong Jr. - The Great Seal Steal
Pitfall! - Tibetan Treasure Trouble
|7||S01E07||October 29, 1983||Frogger - The Leg Croaker Story
Donkey Kong - Little Orphan Apey
Q*bert - Q*Ball Rigamarole
Donkey Kong Jr. - The Jungle Boy Ploy
|8||S01E08||November 5, 1983||Frogger - The Blackboard Bungle
Donkey Kong - Circus Daze
Donkey Kong Jr. - Junior Meets Kid Dynamo
Pitfall! - Masked Menace Mess
|9||S01E09||November 12, 1983||Frogger - Good Knight, Frogger
Donkey Kong - The Great Ape Escape
Q*bert - Crazy Camp Creature
Donkey Kong Jr. - Amazing Rollerskate Race
|10||S01E10||November 19, 1983||Frogger - Frake Me Out to the Ball Game
Donkey Kong - Apey and the Snowbeast
Donkey Kong Jr. - A Christmas Story
Pitfall! - The Sabretooth Goof
|11||S01E11||November 26, 1983||Frogger - I Remember Mummy
Donkey Kong - How Much is That Gorilla in the Window?
Q*bert - Thanksgiving for the Memories
Donkey Kong Jr. - Gorilla Ghost
|12||S01E12||December 3, 1983||Frogger - Here Today, Pawned Tomorrow
Donkey Kong - Private Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr. - Teddy Bear Scare
Pitfall! - The Pyramid Panic
|13||S01E13||December 10, 1983||Frogger - Hop-Along Frogger
Donkey Kong - Get Along Little Apey
Q*bert - Dog Day Dilemma
Donkey Kong Jr. - Double or Nothing
|14||S02E01||September 8, 1984||Donkey Kong - Sir Donkey Kong
Q*bert - Take Me Out to the Q*Game
Space Ace - Cute Groots
Kangaroo - Thunkfull of Trouble
|15||S02E02||September 15, 1984||Donkey Kong - The Pale Whale
Q*bert - Noser P.I.
Space Ace - Cosmic Camp Catastrophe
Kangaroo - Zoo for Hire
|16||S02E03||September 22, 1984||Donkey Kong - El Donkey Kong
Q*bert - Hook, Line, and Mermaid
Space Ace - Dangerous Decoy
Kangaroo - Bat's Incredible
|17||S02E04||September 29, 1984||Donkey Kong - New Wave Ape
Q*bert - Q*Historic Days
Space Ace - Moon Missile Madness
Kangaroo - The White Squirrel of Dover
|18||S02E05||October 6, 1984||Donkey Kong - Greenhouse Gorilla
Q*bert - Q*bert's Monster Mix-Up
Space Ace - Perilous Partners
Kangaroo - The Birthday Party
|19||S02E06||October 13, 1984||Donkey Kong - Hairy Parent
Q*bert - Game Show Woe
Space Ace - Frozen in Fear
Kangaroo - Having a Ball
|20||S02E07||October 20, 1984||Q*bert - The Wacky Q*Bot
Space Ace - Age Ray Riot
Kangaroo - The Tail of the Cowardly Lion
|21||S02E08||October 27, 1984||Q*bert - Q*Beat It
Space Ace - Wanted: Dexter!
Kangaroo - It's Carnival Time
|22||S02E09||November 3, 1984||Q*bert - Q*Urf's Up
Space Ace - Phantom - Shuttle
Kangaroo - Lost and Found
|23||S02E10||November 10, 1984||Q*bert - Little Green Nosers
Space Ace - Spoiled Sports
Kangaroo - Joey and the Beanstalk
|24||S02E11||November 17, 1984||Q*bert - Rebel Without a Q*Ause
Space Ace - Calamity Kimmie
Kangaroo - Zoo's Who
|25||S02E12||November 24, 1984||Q*bert - Looking For Miss Q*Right
Space Ace - Three-Ring Rampage
Kangaroo - The Egg and Us
|26||S02E13||December 1, 1984||Q*bert - The Goofy Ghostgetters
Space Ace - Infanto Fury
Kangaroo - The Runaway Panda