This card was released as a promotional card. In Japan, it was released on glossy card stock and came with Volume 1 of Pokémon Trainer's Magazine, released in May 1999. It has a camera graphic where an expansion symbol would usually be to highlight the fact that the image used is from Pokémon Snap. The English version of the card was released on normal card stock, through Pokémon Leagues in August 2001.
- This card is commonly known as Snap Pikachu, due to the game the image comes from.
- The camera graphic was also used on ten other Japanese promotional cards featuring photos taken in Pokémon Snap for the CoroCoro Best Photo Contest and 64 Mario Stadium Best Photo Contest, both held in May 1999. These prints were all printed on normal card stock.
- This is the only English Pokémon card to have "Photo." instead of "Illus." where the illustrator name is traditionally placed.
Scratch and Thunderbolt are both moves in the Pokémon games. Pikachu can learn Thunderbolt, but not Scratch. This card's Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Yellow, though it is reworded.