Petition for In-game Chinese Support in Pokémon Video Games

August 2014

Dear Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, Mr. Junichi Masuda, and staff from Nintendo, Creatures Inc., Game Freak and The Pokémon Company,

Konnichiwa!

Thank you all for introducing us to the wondrous world of Pokémon, and creating infinite encounters and smiles around our world. Today in Washington, D.C., I have another miraculous encounter at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships, which I believe will make my dream come true.

On the other side of this planet, countless enthusiastic Pokémon fans from the Greater China region are watching this tournament online via Twitch. While most of us cannot come here, we share one long-cherished dream that we want you to know -- adding in-game Chinese support in Pokémon video games.

Pokémon is a highly recognized franchise in the Greater China region. The anime and manga gained remarkable popularity here since late 1990s, fostering a fanbase even larger than Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series. While Pokémon video games haven’t officially been released at mainland China, hundreds of thousands fans still spare no effort to buy Nintendo consoles and Pokémon games overseas. We follow the development of this franchise moment by moment, and we share the same excitement whenever major Pokémon news breaks out. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, all the Pokémon official events are popular among the fans. Just in the past few days, fans in Taiwan had been rushing to purchase the pre-sale tickets of Pokémon Movie 17 to get their Darkrai and Diancie. However, we all believe that what the franchise has achieved in the Greater China region is far away from its potential capacity. We continuously introduce Pokémon games to our companions to have more fun battling, trading and collecting together, but there is an obvious barrier to bring more players in -- there is no in-game Chinese support. Many potential consumers of Pokémon games in the Greater China region cannot read foreign languages. Even for the senior fans like us, playing Pokémon games in our native language and having deeper understanding to the beautiful Pokémon universe is our biggest dream all the time. As time goes by, we desire to introduce Pokémon games to more Youngsters, and Baton Pass our passion and love for Pokémon generation to generation.

We understand the fact that there were difficulties in localizing the Pokémon video games into Chinese over the years. However, as time goes by, most obstacles melt away and it is the ideal opportunity for developing the full potential of the Greater China region.

Piracy Threats. Thanks to the rapid economic development at mainland China, most consumers now can afford the price of genuine copies of Pokémon games. Meanwhile, the consensus of selecting genuine copies is getting stronger among the people. Actually, just in the past July, the government agency reemphasized it would strength copyright protection for video games. It is obvious that the industry ecology has substantially improved at mainland China. On the other hand, due to Nintendo’s effective Anti-Piracy measures on its 3DS consoles, so far there is no widespread piracy threat. The genuine copies of Pokémon games have already become the dominant choice among the current fans. They will also be the top choice for the potential consumers who would be attracted to the Pokémon games with In-game Chinese support.

Policy Restrictions. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, the policies and sales channels have been well established for the video game sale. As you must have noticed, mainland China also loosens the restrictions on video games recently. Both Microsoft and Sony are entering the mainland China through partnerships with local vendors, and you can also consider a direct sales channel supported by the powerful e-commerce platforms in China. Even if the games won’t be officially released in mainland China shortly, the planned Chinese support can still enhance the franchise’s existence in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and draw potential consumers who root for the Chinese support into purchasing the games. This Move will boost the games’ gross sale and Nintendo’s financial performance. When the opportunity arises and the timing is right, the inroads in the Greater China region made by Nintendo earlier will lead to high market Return for the franchise; but as we all know, it’s important to firstly build and nurture its Friendship with fans in the Greater China region, and we believe adding in-game Chinese-support is the most effective measure.

Translation Costs. Since the anime and the manga have been introduced in the Greater China region for more than a decade, fans are already familiar with the official Chinese names of Pokémon, moves, locations and other in-game terminologies. It might be a technology difficulty to update the existing Pokémon games with in-game Chinese support, but we sincerely hope that in the future Pokémon games, Chinese could be the eighth in-game language option. As Chinese is the native language spoken by most people in the world, adding in-game Chinese support will take the franchise’s worldwide success to new heights.

This is a very brief overview of our thoughts on the major issues. We are still collecting information to support our petition, and will be continuously publishing all the campaign activities and industry analyses on a Chinese-language Pokémon fansite http://www.52poke.com. You can click the set-top box to visit our petition website and look through all the artworks and voices made by fans in the Greater China region for this petition. If you have any insights for the possibility of adding in-game Chinese support in the Pokémon video games, please feel free to contact us via sylvia1jay@yahoo.co.jp, i@mudkip.me, and byg@qq.com. We will make our best effort to wholeheartedly assist in localizing the Pokémon video games.

Pokémon is a miracle in our lives. We Pokémon fans worldwide share our adventures, discoveries and dreams together. We catch, raise, battle and trade our Pokémon with love. I believe we would create an even better world together, when the language spoken by one fifth of this world’s population comes into the games. We dream one day, we can bring our children to a Pokémon World Championships hosted at our homeland. We are full of appreciation and anticipation.

With Regards,

Pokémon fans from the Greater China region


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真的好像
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-- 李流伟
Pokémon!!!!!We love them very very very very much!!!
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-- 何瑜
中国語ください~~
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-- アンセン
我就这样支援吧
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-- 馬拉糕大叔
好害羞啊用原创人物应援...作为学生党只能做这些了...不过还是很期待中文内置啊————QWQ 老任拜托啦————QWQ
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-- linyuenj
7+1 Chinese plz!! 0 v 0
-- c.c__izaya
支持!大爱Pokemon!
-- 畅炜东
虽然我只是一个小学生还没钱买正版,但是Pokémon也是我的童年啊!希望未来我也能玩上正版的中文Pokémon!
-- 蒋旭正
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-- POCKMON2
这是我童年美好的回忆,希望它能够让我的孩子很方便的快乐畅玩。7+1,拜托了!
-- 邢高纲
希望有中文≥﹏≤ 尽微薄之力
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-- _伟大的梦想家
中国語のポケットモンスター、お願いします!どもありがとうございます!
-- HAN
Chinese script is some of the most commonly read on the planet. Releasing future Pokemon games with an option for Chinese characters would give a new demographic of customers to Game Freak and untold joy to millions more fans across the globe. As a learner of Chinese, it would also be a wonderful learning opportunity. Pokemon has quickly become a phenomenon that lets people on opposite sides of the planet play together, and it is my hope that Pokemon will further its ability to bring our world closer together in this way.
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-- Jake COchrane-Brewer
希望宝石复刻就能见到中文版!
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-- 李光炫
please give us pokeman by chinese 願中文化
-- naz
非常希望Pokémon推出官方汉化
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-- 周游
我支持正版遊戲, 也支持 Pokémon 推出繁體中文版! ——來自香港的忠實 Fans 已戀上 Pokémon 超過 15 年
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-- KT
贡献一份微薄的力量
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-- 召唤师
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-- catseiki
応援 o(* ̄▽ ̄*)ブ
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-- 双木水伯爵
虽然3DS已被破解,口袋妖怪已出盗版汉化,可我还是一直忍主没买,就为了等官方汉化,请支持中文,我一定会买正版的
-- Old_New
应援。 卡盒放在外地学院没带回来,只有一台机子看起来实在太落魄了于是用了大张的纸,字太丑就加了小熊猫撑撑场面,如果日语有错也别在意啦╮(╯_╰)╭
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-- 结崎はじめ
支持中文化!从小学开始玩口袋妖怪已经有十年了,有机会用自己的语言玩真是非常的期待!
-- Piubiu
童年的梦想。
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-- 天楊
拜托了!
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-- Chocolate
As an avid, long-time lover of the Pokemon series, I find it absolutely incredible that the series has never been translated to support the Chinese language. I realize there are many different dialects, but most people in China speak either Mandarin or Cantonese. Not only would this open a gigantic market for Nintendo and Gamefreak et. al., this would also fall in line with Nintendo's inclusionary vision and message. I urge you to make this worldwide beloved series even more accessible. Thank you, Adam Bicksler
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-- Adam Bicksler
希望出中文版QWQ
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-- 蒋珍珍
口袋妖怪正统系列出了中文化不管是3DS还是卡带买买买
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-- 反犬TDog
它是我的童年
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-- 陈宇
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-- @mega沙奈朵