|English card no.
|For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.
Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is a Lightning-type Basic Pokémon card. It was first released as part of the Sample Set, later released in the English Expedition Base Set.
This card has three prints. The standard Expedition Base Set print and P Promotional print have the card ID B-16-#. A "Sample" version of the Expedition Base Set print has the card ID M-16-#. The short strip contains Pokédex information, a brief card summary, and information on the content of the long strip.
|Pikachu - Mouse Pokémon
|1'04" (0.4 m)
|13.0 lbs. (6.0 kg)
|When it is angered, it immediately discharges the energy stored in the pouches in its cheeks.
|りょうほほに でんきを ためこむ ふくろがある。 おこると ためこんだ でんきを いっきに はなってくる。
Construction: Melody Box
The long strip contains sound data for the Construction: Melody Box application.
This card was included in the English Expedition Base Set, first released in the Japanese Base Expansion Pack, with artwork by Atsuko Nishida. It was later reprinted in Japan with new artwork by the same artist as part of a McDonald's promotion that ran between January 26 and February 24, 2002.
In order to promote the e-Reader outside Japan, Nintendo had Media Factory produce the Sample Set, a 10 card collection from the upcoming Expedition Base Set in English used to demonstrate the Dot Code technology at a media pre-launch party at the New York Pokémon Center in August 2002. This card, as well as the other 9, are printed with a Japanese card back, and have "Sample" in the bottom right corner where the expansion symbol would usually be. Approximately 50 sets were printed for use at the event, and were never intended for distribution. Cards that did not make it into circulation were apparently destroyed.
The vast majority of Japanese Base Expansion Pack cards have a 1st Edition stamp, however some were released in unlimited format. It is not known how the unlimited cards were distributed, but it's thought that they came from a special edition of Pokémon-e Starter Deck box which was distributed to 50 winners of a coloring contest held in Japan in 2002.