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Nickelodeon Robot Wars is a game show that aired on Nickelodeon from August 25, 2002 to October 6, 2002, on the programming block SLAM!. Hosted by Dave Aizer, the show was Nickelodeon's take on Robot Wars, the popular and long-running robot-fighting game show. The show was canceled after one season, and subsequently aired on Nickelodeon GAS.

The series of six shows was filmed at Shepperton Studios in England in January 2002 at the same time as the second season of the Robot Wars Extreme Warriors series shown on 'The New TNN' American television network (now Spike TV). Both shows featured American teams and robots flown to England for the filming.

Tournaments

Seven different tournaments took place over the six show series. Most of the tournaments aired within a single show, but a few spread out over multiple shows.

Tournament Description Robots Winner(s)
U.S Championship Four robots compete in a knockout tournament for the title of U.S Champion. Tyranabot
Ninjitsu
Phantasm
Probophobia
Tyranabot
U.S vs U.K Tag Team Terror Four Two-robot teams from the USA and UK compete in a tag-team tournament. The Revolutionist & Spin Doctor (USA)
Zanzara & Run Away (USA)
Ming 3 & Rick (UK)
Bigger Brother & Kat 3 (UK)
Ming 3 & Rick
Mayhem A series of three three-robot battles with the winner of each returning to compete in the "Ultimate Mayhem" final. (Robots in bold won their mayhem)
Propeller Head
Rosie The Riveter 2
Xylon
Vert-I-Go
Joker
Techno Trousers
Rigby
Diskotek
The Revolutionist
Propeller Head
Vengeance An 'open call' for teams to settle old scores against their competitors. Bunny Attack
Hoot
Ninjitsu
Destructive Criticism
Probophobia
Spin Doctor
Xylon
Joker
Bunny Attack
Ninjitsu
Probophobia
Xylon
Challenge Belt One robot is given the belt and defends it against challengers in one-on-one combat. Three successful defenses in a row win the tournament. Tyranabot
Tut Tut
Rosie The Riveter 2
Probophobia
Tut Tut
Rebellion Two competitors take on the massive 'house robots'. Squirmin Vermin and Humdrum vs Dead Metal, Shunt and Sir Killalot Dead Metal, Shunt and Sir Killalot
Annihilator Five robots fight simultaneously in a 'melee' battle. One robot is eliminated and the melee restarts with the remaining four. The process repeats until only the annihilator champion remains. Bunny Attack
Techno Trousers
Hannibal
The Piecemaker
Basenji
Hannibal
Redemption Four robots that lost are back and face on 4 new robots. As well as the House Robots. Stealth
Cyclone
Hammerhead
Deadly Spin
Deadly Spin

Adjustments and changes

The show featured robot competitors familiar to fans of the American series of Robot Wars, such as 'Rosie The Riveter' and 'The Revolutionist,' but the robot operators were all children associated with the teams.

To suit the younger audience, a few adjustments and changes were made to the arena and House Robots.

  • All flame hazards, including the flame pit, fire jets and Sgt Bash's flamethrower, were disabled.
  • Sir Killalot was renamed "Sir K," a name he was commonly referred to in the official UK Robot Wars magazine.
  • The Pit Release Bumper was moved further down the arena wall, closer to the bottom-right CPZ.
  • The language used was changed, with rougher language being disallowed.

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