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| Release date
|| July 30, 1999
The Intro Pack (Japanese: イントロパック Intro Pack) is a Japan-exclusive Half Deck collection for the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
This Half Deck set was conceived to introduce youngsters to the TCG, and includes a step-by-step introduction video with full explanations on how to play the game, as well as play demonstrations. The cards included in the set are predominantly a mixture of those from the Expansion Pack and the Vending Machine collection. Some cards from the first Neo expansion, Gold, Silver, to a New World... were also included several months before the general release of the expansion. There are also a number of exclusive cards with newly created character art.
Despite the fact that numbering systems were not fully introduced until Base Expansion Pack, these cards have their own system. Instead of displaying the numbers ##/## as with all English expansions and later Japanese expansions, these cards have a number inside a circle. Those found in the Bulbasaur Deck have a white number in a black circle, while the cards in the Squirtle Deck have a black number in a white circle. The only exceptions to this are the two Holofoil cards Venusaur and Blastoise, which have no number.
In addition to the two decks and introduction video, the set contains a rulebook, damage counters, two poison status counters, a custom coin, and playmat.
- This set is more colloquially known as the Video Intro Set, due to the inclusion of the introduction video. This is the only TCG product to include a video cassette, with later introductory products including either CD-ROMs or DVDs.
- The introduction video is presented by Thane Camus, who was a popular TV personality in Japan at the time.
- None of the cards have Rarity symbols (as is the case with the majority of Japanese cards from fixed sets), making the reprinted cards much more valuable than their normal counterparts.
- Despite this, in Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, exclusive cards from this set were given rarity symbols. This was done to facilitate the normal pack logic that is used by the game, thus allowing the cards to come up at appropriate rarity within the game.