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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讓神奇寶貝邁向漢化吧 BY Taiwan (小畫家圖)
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-- 笑顏仮面
我爱pokemon。
-- 张永航
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
发现新精灵的激动,对宝可梦进化的期待,去追寻那未知领域的日日夜夜,满满的都是童年的回忆,都化成了人生珍贵的宝藏。希望口袋妖怪能够早日中文化。
-- 何国强
OK
-- 簡宏翰
Because it's only fair that Chinese people get to enjoy the beauty of the Pokémon world as I have.
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-- Ashlii Prigmore
口袋给了童年啊●▽●一生推,此生无悔入口袋
-- 李志刚
才入口袋的新人帮顶
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-- 最爱周雅琴
添砖加瓦
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-- 我不是隐士
----我们的梦想永远不会沉睡。
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-- 曾维佳
一直都期待能有中文化的口袋妖怪,由于语言问题,无法无障碍的进行游戏,psv和ps3上的中文游戏 很多 都会购买 而3Ds上的生化危机中文也购买了正版。如果3Ds或其他任天堂游戏机上 出中文游戏 我也会第一时间购买的!因为我看的懂游戏!
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-- 凉水青
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
加油!
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-- 杨倩
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
Pokémon get daze!
-- 王道
拜托了!
-- 刘溢韬
中国有千千万万的pokemon爱好者。如果贵公司能够将之本土化,将会开拓一个巨大的市场。不过目前看来,贵公司缺少的恐怕不是野心
-- Bentos
为了PM!
-- 王宇何平
请发布中文版
-- --代福
没机子的我只能画画惹........希望能早日中文化!!!!
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-- 追憶音階·
7+1 拜托了!お愿いします!
-- st00ar
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-- @北鬼双月
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
希望口袋妖怪能陪我走的更远
-- 孙正权
一生的信仰!愿7+1成功!
-- 金天成
中国语!
-- 郭涵宇
希望能有中文!!
-- 尹国奇
请中文化!这样大陆就会有更多的玩家投入到游戏中去!
-- 张珈铭
拜托加入中国语吧 我最喜欢pokemon了
-- 徐鼎
从小一直看、玩Pokémon到现在,听说XY有多国语言的消息我很高兴。可其中却不包括中文。。。真的希望有中文化的,拜托了
-- 说话好麻烦