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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-- 枫湮暗殇
Give our generation a Pokemon,please
-- Charles Zhang
支持下,左边是3ds游戏,上边是wiiu游戏
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-- 1080b
我是與神奇寶貝同年誕生的 從小就由神奇寶貝陪伴我到大 雖然早已遊玩日文版相當長一段時間 但還是希望能夠用自己的語言來進行遊戲 希望此次連署能成功 謝謝所有連屬的人 也謝謝收下請願書的石原恆和先生 但願大家的心聲能被聽見
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-- 楊奕正
此生无悔入口袋,来世愿生真新镇 祝7+1成功
-- 朱某
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
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
之前看到石原的回复炒鸡高兴,制作方对玩家的喜爱表示感谢虽然是情理之中但还是忍不住激动。真的很想告诉他能有那么多人喜欢是因为他们的作品非常良心非常棒。奇奇怪怪毛病就不说了反正不影响它的经典[挤眼])看到外国友人的留言也要感动哭,我一直坚持的pm连接世界是真的
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-- 野生豆太TOMATO
我看口袋妖怪从幼儿园到现在大学,也从红宝石玩到了黑白,那么请您能够让我坚持这个Pokemon爱好,直到永远~~
-- 吕逸航
無限期支持pokemon中文化!!!
-- 侯伯翰
首先声明,我不是口袋的fan,但是我很清楚,如果口袋出中文版的话,我一定会买。而且,口袋的中文化也会推进任天堂家用机和掌机在中国的市场化进程。在中国,由于索尼的中文化游戏的缘故,任天堂和口袋妖怪的死忠长期受到索系玩家的嘲笑,尽管如此,中国依然有大批量的玩家在持续购买日版的3ds和大量日版游戏,而且随着中国经济的发展,购买正版游戏的群体也逐渐变的多了起来,我们愿意去购买正版,是因为我们清楚只有正版的良性发展,才会有更多的优质的第一方及第三方游戏的产出。当然,不可置否,中国的盗版确实是正版的最大敌人,而中国的打击盗版力度又不够严格,以至于中国有着相当多的玩家在期待着盗版的游戏。不过凡事都有两面,就好比吸烟有害健康,我们都明白,有一部分人不吸烟并反对吸烟,一部分人过去吸但随着认知的加深在逐渐不吸烟,还有一部分人已经将吸烟当成习惯,尽管知道不好但是很难改正。就像我之前所说的一样,我们都知道玩盗版不好,但是这跟我们过去经济不发达,人民精神生活严重空虚有很大的关系。现在我们很多人都在支持正版,尽管盗版没有根除,但是中国正版游戏群体正蓬勃的扩充着。我也衷心的希望口袋妖怪可以中文化,此举也将大大鼓舞中国正版玩家的信心。在此我提供一个思路供参考,我们都知道,不管盗版怎么破解,一旦机器连接上ESHOP,如果版本过低就会要求升级系统,系统升级盗版就会失效,故此我建议,卡带依旧照以往的模式发布,中文化以付费DLC的形式在ESHOP出现,价钱不用太贵,1000日元以内就可以,中文化的dlc不必局限于港版,美版日版包括欧版都可以贩售,这样既满足了大量中国正版玩家的需求,也从一定程度上打击了盗版的发展。建议采纳与否,望请斟酌,最后衷心希望口袋妖怪可以中文化,另附上本人机器和卡带,以表达我对任天堂的爱。
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-- 申凯
为了自记事起追随了长达12年的口袋妖怪谨尽以绵薄之力。
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-- 李暮梓
While a native of an English speaking country myself, it would be totally cool to see the opportunity for Chinese players all around the world to get to experience the Pokemon franchise and introduce them to such a wonderful and cherished series that's renowned otherwise the world over!
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-- Benjamin Barnett
口袋妖怪赛高!
-- 窦婉莹
7+1
-- 娄本昊
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-- YsoSad
大爱口袋,为了看得懂正版专门学的日语
-- yyyy
I met Pokémon when I was young, and I couldn't remember the exact time it is. It was the anime, サトシとポケモンたちの友情と冒険の物語。 I‘ve seen Satoshi's travel from Kanto to Johto, from Hoenn to Sinnoh. Then I met the Pokémon game when I was 13. It's was Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version. I still remember that I was stuck in the gym of Morty in the Ecruteak City, I can't get close the gym leader Morty, because I would be teleported to the entrance everty time I stepped into the area of the black. But after a long time I found the solution, it's making a turn at a point, get to the right point. So I was so excited to found that. My favorite gym leader is Jasmine, the Steel-Clad Defense Girl, whose specialty is Steel-type Pokémon. So you may imagine how excited I am the moment Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version come out. When I get into the fantastic world of Pokémon again, I get my passion and memory again, with something new and modern. I've played Red, Green, Blue, Pikachu Version, and Gold, Silver, Crystal Version, Emerald Version, Diamond, Pearl and Platinum Version, and Black 2 Version. I used to dream about the Pokémon world right depicted by the Pokémon series and I think I am one of the fans in Chinese language regions. We all love Pokémon with our true heart, not like our love to other games. Because we love Pokémon not for 1 month, not for 1 year, but for our whole life. As to me, I prefer the language of English due to my own preference, but I think it would be a great happiness to our fans just like me who may not read Japanese or English. No matter what, everyone knows how nice it would be if one thing can get its expression in the objects' mother tongue. The Fans is enormous and the Love of the fans is right there, so I'm here to say something to help it out of my wish. Wish Pokémon be our friend till forever. どうぞ、よろしくお願いします! P.S. DRAGONAIR is my favorite Pokémon.
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-- Leafaye Chang
请看到我们中国口袋妖怪玩家的爱。请考虑汉化吧!!
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-- 奶壶同学
加油 支持中文化
-- 徐柏文
希望口袋妖怪汉化!童年看英文T-T 顶起来 支持口袋!
-- 风儿
Wish Chinese Pokemon, our own Pokemon, So Chinese, then Chinese
-- Edward Su
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-- 毁灭の歌
中国語版お願い!
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-- 何伟杰
它是我的童年
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-- 陈宇
-- @EMatthewYeung
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-- POCKMON2
非常的期待,希望您能给予回应。
-- 张亚兰
求汉化!!!
-- Tianle Yu
我也来支援
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-- 天雷霹雳