Pikachu being a playable character.
The magazine also used to run a feature every month that briefly previewed upcoming games that had been released in Japan. I can't remember if this was also in the same issue as is mentioned above, but there was a preview for a Japanese game going by the name of 'Pikachu Genki Dechu' (which would later be released in American territory only, going by the name of 'Hey You Pikachu'). This game stood out to me because of its unique aspect of implementing a microphone to interact with characters, and most of all because of the presence of a familiar yellow rodent with red cheeks and electric powers. From then on I guess I must have tuned myself in to anything that the magazine offered in the way of news about this Japanese craze known as Pocket Monsters, and the next memory that I have relating to Pokemon is a comic strip of the first episode of the anime that came free with one issue of the magazine, serving as a preview to the then upcoming brand new show. That got me hooked on the show, which later led to me having my first Pokemon games.