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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我就这样支援吧
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-- 馬拉糕大叔
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
已经入了3ds正在收藏所有卡带中~
-- Le moon
口袋妖怪从小学一路陪伴我到现在,真心喜欢这部作品,不论是游戏还是动画都是我难以忘怀的经历。希望这部作品的中文化能够早日实现!支持正版口袋妖怪,买买买!
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-- J Studio
皮皮卡!7+1
-- 唐烽顺
要是真的中文化~就一定得砸錢錢去買3DS和神奇寶貝卡帶了♡
-- Vera Pai
この作品がよく好きですので、中国語化をお願いいたします!
-- チンイン
口袋一生推
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-- 董烜昊
以前,我还是个孩子,零花钱很少,但凡是中文化的Pokémon我一版也没落下,对应掌机也是(虽然都是二手乃至N手),现在我工作了,收入多了,再也不必去淘最便宜的旧卡带旧掌机,3DS早已备好,只等官方中文化了 Pokémon,7+1请愿,中国语请愿!
-- 王宝瑞
只有这 这两张 但非常想要出中文版的!!!一定会买
2
-- 上官贵族0死神
希望可以增加中文的口袋妖怪,谢谢!
-- 胡吉
支持一个
2
-- UD_KEMURI
主页君好这是我的7+1照片 支持中文请愿行动!
1
-- 大马猴卜
各位玩家小伙伴们,近来还都好吗。时隔多日又回到这里来。 看到当初的请愿视频依然充满了感动。个人是那么的渺小,但很庆幸总有各种的原因把我们联系在一起。我们并不孤单。 谢谢大家~遇到大家,非常荣幸!
-- 蜜汁土豆泥
7+1请愿,↖(^ω^)↗加油
-- 寒影星空
As a fan of Pokémon myself and one of the professors in the Play! Pokémon organization, it warms my heart to see fans so passionate about this! Pokémon has always been one of the happier parts of my life, and teaching children about it at leagues makes me see how much it can do for others as well. I would love nothing more than to help an entire group of peoples to take part in this phenomenon, and sincerely hope that our friends in the Greater China region can join us in this beautiful world that we create together!
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-- John Ellington
Having grown up in Hong Kong as a child being one of the only person in school able to read Japanese, I think that allowing more children easy access to this wonderful game franchise is an excellent way to spread the Pokemon love, as well as make more profits for Nintendo.
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-- Millicent Mok
任地狱,窝要中文>3<
-- 黄宇恒
无论何时都可以。 我会一直等下去! 愿 7 + 1
-- 梁博源
对于中国玩家来说不能以熟悉方便的本土语言玩到经典大作是一大遗憾,这也使中国玩家感受不到任天堂公司的关爱,希望游戏能够中文化方便大家,十分感谢
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-- 李卓然
是时候出中文了吧
-- 卢作尘
期待有中文化的一天
1
-- 吳佳曄
thank you very very very very much!!!!!!
-- Kaychern
讓神奇寶貝邁向漢化吧 BY Taiwan (小畫家圖)
105
-- 笑顏仮面
Pokémon is the right of everyone on this planet! One day the world will be united by Pokémon, and we will seize our destiny, together.
92
-- B. Dacote
求汉化!!!
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-- Tianle Yu
I know how they feel. I am from Slovakia and I have to play games in English, German, Russian or Japanese... I cant play Nintendo games in my language or in Czech language... I know how they do feel and I want to support them
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-- Jakub Gontko
作为一名忠实的任天堂游戏爱好者,Pokémon是贯穿我游戏生涯的一款游戏。自从NDS时代,我就坚持购买日版和美版正版Pokémon及其他游戏。虽然我有一定的日语及英语的阅读能力,但是Pokémon游戏的汉化是我梦寐以求的。希望我们中国玩家可以早日见到汉语的Pokémon游戏。 任天堂のファンとして、ポケモンは私のゲームライフを貫いているゲームです。NDSの時代から、ずっと正式版のポケモンと他のゲームなどを買っています。ある程度の日本語と英語ができますけど、本当に中国語のポケモンゲームが望んています。中国のゲーマーズがいつの間に中国語のポケモンゲームを楽しめることをお願いします。 As a loyal fun of Nintendo games, I've been playing Pokémon series my whole life. Since I bought my first NDS console, I have been buying authorized Pokémon and other games. Though I have certain ability of reading Japanese and English, I've always been hoping that one day, I can play Pokémon games in Mandarin. I sincerely look forward to see Chinese players could be playing Pokémon games in Mandarin.
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-- 李博 Bo Li
虽然只买过初代的游戏机,现在也忙学习,但游戏如果能汉化还是支持的——
-- 陈志华
Pokémon is an amazing game. Everyone, no matter what language they speak, deserves the opportunity to play!
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-- EverChanger