Gen 1 Pokémon Starters Return as Krispy Kreme Donuts

Krispy Kreme Australia will soon offer donuts themed after the original Pokémon's games' starting lineup.

The donut chain announced a new line of frosted donuts that feature Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, alongside the ubiquitous Pikachu and a generic Pokeball. The Pokeball donuts will come with sprinkles, while the Pokémon will feature simple frosting in their primary color. Each donut is topped with a Pokémon plaque made of white chocolate. A pre-packaged dozen of Pokémon donuts will cost $29.99 Australian (about $22 USD). The special collaboration has only been confirmed for Australia, so Pokémon Trainers in other regions should probably start begging Nintendo and Krispy Kreme to bring these adorable confectionaries to their areas.

It's worth noting that these donuts are actually donuts, unlike the onigiri that the anime's original English localization famously tried to pass off as a more recognizable snack.

The donuts are being released as part of the year-long, 25th anniversary celebration of the original Pokémon games' release. Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions debuted in Japan on the original black-and-white Game Boy back in 1996, and Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have been celebrating all year with new announcements for every branch of Pokémon's money-making empire.

The Pokémon anime will continue with a new season and a new movie that will both premiere exclusively on Netflix this fall. The new Pokémon movie stars a talking Zarude, which players will be also be able to catch in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Additionally, a new animated series will premiere on Sept. 9 on the franchise's official YouTube channel and on the Pokémon TV app, which recently made its way to the Nintendo Switch. Entitled Pokémon Evolutions, the new anime series features characters and Pokémon from all eight generations of the video games, and will adapt some of the key moments from the series' 25 year history.

The Pokémon Company also recently announced a collaboration with UNIQLO. The new clothing line will feature famous street artists' interpretations of the series' iconic monsters and will arrive in UNIQLO stores sometime this September.

Of course, video games are at the center of the Pokémon franchise, so Nintendo and original developer Game Freak have inundated 2021's release schedule with new releases in the series. New Pokémon Snap and the simplified MOBA Pokémon Unite both landed on the Nintendo Switch earlier this year, and they will soon be joined by Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which are fairly direct remakes of the series' fourth generation games, which were originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. The next evolution of the series, Pokémon Legends Arceus, will just miss out on the franchise's big anniversary year and will be released in January 2022. Arceus will attempt to modernize the series with a brand new, open-world structure and changes to the game's core battle mechanics.

Source: Krispy Kreme

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