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Citrus Cherry
GameFuel CitrCherry
Game Fuel's (Citrus Cherry) 2013 - 2018 Logo.
Description
Flavor: Citrus Cherry
Color: Scarlet      
Details
Current Status: Permanent Flavor (For some United States stores as a Region-Specific (flavor)
Current Flavor (without Game Fuel wording)
Discontinued (Arby's, Netherlands, Denmark)
Locations Available: United States
Netherlands
Denmark
Sweden
Year(s) Available:

2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - Present (Became region-specific since 2017 for some United States stores.)

2007, 2013 (Freeze)

2015 - Present (Amazon)

2015 - 2017 (Netherlands)

2015 - 2017 (Denmark)

2016 - Present (Sweden)

2017 - 2018 (Arby's)

Related Flavors: Game Fuel (Raspberry-Citrus)
Game Fuel (Wild Fruit)
Game Fuel (Tropical)
Game Fuel (Electrifying Berry)
Game Fuel (Lemonade)
Game Fuel (Berry Lime)
Game Fuel (Mango Heat)
Game Fuel (India)
Game Fuel (Tropical Smash)
Arctic Burst
Game Fuel (Europe)
Amp Game Fuel Charged (Cherry Burst)
Amp Game Fuel Charged (Berry Blast)
Amp Game Fuel Charged (Tropical Strike)
Amp Game Fuel Charged (Original Dew)
Similar Flavors: Mountain Dew Red
Code Red
Cherry Fusion
Kickstart (Black Cherry)
Cold Fusion Freeze
Holiday Brew
Mountain Dew Ice (Cherry)
Amp Game Fuel Charged (Cherry Burst)
Related Promotions: Game Fuel Promotion
Green Label Art
Dew XP
Every2Minutes
Fuel Up For Battle
Dew Nation Rewards
Gallery

Citrus Cherry (Formerly known as Game Fuel Citrus Cherry, also known in Sweden as "Game Blast") is a Mountain Dew flavor variant. It was the original and limited edition flavor in the first Game Fuel Promotion, and has returned for nearly each following promotion. Its tagline is "DEW with a Blast of Citrus Cherry Flavor with other natural flavors."

History

Main article: Game Fuel Promotion

Halo 3 Edition

In 2007, Mountain Dew released this drink to promote the Xbox 360 Game, Halo 3. Its packaging featured the logo for the game, as well as its main character, Master Chief. It was also available in Green Label Art bottles as well as in Slurpee form.

WoW Editions

Game Fuel returned in 2009 to promote the Online MMORPG, World of Warcraft. Its formula remained the same, and the only difference was the packaging on the bottles/cans, and the addition of a new companion Game Fuel flavor, Wild Fruit-flavored Dew. Also, it was marketed under the name "Mountain Dew Game Fuel Horde Red" as it represented the Horde.

CoD: MW3 Edition

In 2011, after much speculation of Game Fuel returning again for the various games seeing releases that year, it was announced that it would be coming back to shelves to promote the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. This time around, however, the drinks feature codes that earn players double experience points in-game. Citrus Cherry Game Fuel's formula remained unchanged again, and again it received a new companion flavor: Tropical-flavored Dew. The two stayed on shelves until the end of the year, when the Dew XP promotion ended. Afterward, the Tropical flavor was removed from the Official Mountain Dew Locator website, while the Citrus Cherry flavor remained as an option without locations.

Halo 4 Edition

Main article: Dew XP

A YouTube video that was uploaded by a Pepsi employee in late August 2012, led to much speculation over a possible 2012 Game Fuel release.

On October 1, 2012, it was officially announced that Game Fuel would be returning once again on October 15th to promote Halo 4 as a part of the Dew XP promotion, which allowed fans to go online and enter codes found on specially-marked Mountain Dew and Doritos packaging. These codes unlocked extra in-game experience for their career in Halo 4 when it was released on November 6, 2012. The Dew XP promotion ended on January 31st, and Game Fuel was subsequently discontinued.

2013 Edition

Speculation from fans confirmed that Game Fuel would be returning in 2013. However, unlike previous promotions, there were two flavors supporting different games, Citrus Cherry supporting Dead Rising 3 as well as a Forza 5, and a new flavor by the name of "Electrifying Berry" supporting Ryse: Son of Rome.

Main article: Every2Minutes

The bottles also include the chance to win an Xbox One with the domain "every2minutes.com" along with the Game Fuel bottles all other flavors (Minus Caffeine-Free, Throwback, and Kickstart) will also include the chance to win similar to previous promotions. The two stayed on shelves until the end of the year but remained listed on the product locator (although they did not have locations).

2014 Promotion-less and Advanced Warfare Edition 

In May 2014, Information began leaking through via the internet about the news that with no announcement, Game Fuel Citrus Cherry is being available in 12-can packs and 20 oz. bottles, but was never associated with a game of any kind and also bear no "LIMITED EDITION" label.

On October 3, 2014, Mountain Dew's official Facebook page posted a photo , bearing official confirmation of 2014's Game Fuel promotion.

On October 6, 2014, PepsiCo officially rolled out a distribution of two Game Fuel flavors: Citrus Cherry, and a new flavor, titled "Game Fuel (Lemonade)", to promote Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Following the end of the promotion, Game Fuel (Lemonade) was pulled off shelves, while Game Fuel (Citrus Cherry) reverted to promotion-less packaging.

Amazon & Black Ops III Edition

On May 4, 2015, Mountain Dew opened a store on the popular internet retail site Amazon.com. Included in their marketplace was a 15-pack of 16 oz. bottles of Citrus-Cherry Game Fuel, among other items currently for sale. Available in these 15-pack boxes are redeemable codes for the PlayStation exclusive version of Warframe, posing questions about Pepsi's reunion with Playstation after over 10 years of marketing with Microsoft's Xbox brand. The bottles can be purchased here.

On October 5th, 2015 PepsiCo officially began distribution of two Game Fuel flavors: Citrus Cherry, and a new flavor, Berry Lime, to promote Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The promotion lasted until the end of the year. Similar to the previous promotion, Game Fuel (Berry Lime) was pulled off shelves after the promotion ended, while Game Fuel (Citrus Cherry) returned to promotion-less packaging.

Titanfall 2 Edition

In June of 2016, leaked images of Game Fuel (Citrus Cherry) and a new companion Game Fuel flavor Game Fuel (Mango Heat) surfaced. The promotion was to promote the upcoming FPS game, Titanfall 2. Also, much like most of its previous promotions, it'll offer Dew XP.

However, for 2016, the formula for Game Fuel has changed, as it now contains both HFCS & the artificial sweeter Sucralose/Splenda. This change brings the sugar content down to 46g for a 20oz bottle. The exact reason for the formula change was unknown.

Arby's release

In late 2016, rumors popped up about Game Fuel (Citrus Cherry) coming to Arby's restaurants. On pepsicobeveragefacts.com under Fountain Drinks, Citrus Cherry was seen with the description: "Mtn Dew Game Fuel with a blast of Citrus Cherry. (Available for fountain only at Arby's)" proving these rumors to be true.

On January 26, 2017, Twitter account Pitch Black Army tweeted a picture of Citrus Cherry in an Arby's in Utah, U.S. Then on April 3, 2017, Arby's posted a Sim inspired video of the drink on Facebook. It was now available at participating Arby's restaurants with the 2016 formula with less High Fructose Corn Syrup and added Sucralose and Acesulfame potassium.

As of April 2018, Arby's had received Coca-Cola products which means Arby’s no longer served Mountain Dew Game Fuel Citrus Cherry in their soda fountains.

2017/2018 Promotion-less Edition

Main article: Every60Seconds

In late 2017, Game Fuel Citrus Cherry was mysteriously disappeared from stores for unknown reasons. It was most likely to make room for the Every60Seconds promotion and for the three limited edition Mountain Dew variants, which was Arctic Burst, Game Fuel (Tropical Smash), and Holiday Brew. It was speculated that Game Fuel Citrus Cherry was removed from stores presumably because that Holiday Brew also contained cherries which was similar to Game Fuel Citrus Cherry. After the end of the promotion, Arctic Burst, Game Fuel Tropical Smash, and Holiday Brew was pulled off shelves. Game Fuel Citrus Cherry was unfortunately absent for 2017, and 2018 Game Fuel promotion.

Game Fuel Citrus Cherry was later re-released back in March 2018 in some stores in 12 packs, and bottles. After that re-release to the Game Fuel Citrus Cherry flavor, it remained through most of the months of 2018, and until mid-September 2018 where information began leaking through via video, and from a website about the news. After those leaks, surprisingly that with no announcement, Game Fuel Citrus Cherry was being available in 12-can packs and 20 oz. bottles, for a limited time, but was never associated with a game of any kind without the Game Fuel wording.

On October 3rd, 2018, a photograph of Merry Mash-Up, Citrus Cherry, and Ice (Cherry) was again later leaked with release dates, and display cases. While Citrus Cherry's official release dates were October 8th, 2018.

Netherlands

In 2015, Mountain Dew Game Fuel was released in the Netherlands as Current Flavor. It was only available in 0.5L bottles. In 2017 it was discontinued.

Denmark

In Denmark, Mountain Dew Game Fuel was available in 0.5L bottles and in 330ml cans. In 2017 it was discontinued and replaced by Supernova

Sweden

Game Blast was released in Sweden in 2016, it's similar to Game Fuel available in Denmark and The Netherlands. It's available in 0.5L bottles (16.9 oz).

Description

Much like Code Red, Game Fuel (Citrus Cherry) has cherry flavoring, but with an added citrus kick that gives it a more powerful flavor. It has been compared to various sugary candies (such as Jolly Ranchers), and is a bright red-orange color.

Trivia