When episodes of the Pokémon anime were first released on home video by VIZ Media, some videos included samplers of the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu. The first of these samplers, released with the first video in the set, I Choose You! Pikachu!, was actually released prior to the first monthly issue of The Electric Tale of Pikachu and thus was a sneak peek at the manga before its release and therefore the first appearance of any Pokémon manga to English-speaking audiences. Samplers from the first two volumes, The Electric Tale of Pikachu! and Pikachu Shocks Back! are known to exist. The samplers do not include full versions of each chapter, rather, they are cut off part way through.
A sampler of the All That Pikachu! graphic novel was included with the DVD release of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. It included portions of both stories which appeared in the graphic novel - Pikachu's Vacation and Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.