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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我一直支持者pokemon,从GB时代到现在的3DSLL,希望能出中国语~~
-- 邬俊杰
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
无论如何都热爱着口袋妖怪pokemon,希望能推出繁体中文版本的口袋妖怪pokemon,能更了解口袋妖怪pokemon。
-- 李文豪
它是我的童年
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-- 陈宇
衷心的期望能够接受这个请愿
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-- 艺人
目前19歲,即將邁入20年頭 神奇寶貝是我幼稚園時就開始接觸的回憶。周圍的親戚朋友們人手一台GB,玩的都是pokemon,我只能羨慕的一旁看著,大家雖然都看不懂文字,但卻玩得津津有味,那時的我真搞不懂。現在我知道了,所以我自己也添入了3DS與神奇寶貝X版(原有心靈金&黑2),自己也投入心力去支持自己喜歡的事物真的事物非常開心的事,如今由發起人發起的這個請願也是我們全華人所希望,拜託了!石原恆和先生與增田順一先生!!
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-- 李洋逸
求内置中文!!
-- 约修亚
從有記憶以來神奇寶貝就一直伴隨在我身邊!! 真的非常非常喜歡神奇寶貝!! 希望能夠中文化!! 圖是一直以來自己畫的遊戲發售倒數圖!! 想代表我對神奇寶貝的熱衷!!>w<
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-- 幻朔
ポケットモンスター大好きです。 言語を一つ追加する。 中国語、簡体字と繁体字。 両方追加することをお願いします。
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-- 方さん
不要输给现实,因为梦想终有一天会成真! 顽张れ!チャレンジャー
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-- 王超然
口袋陪我度过了10几年的岁月,一直很喜欢,真心希望中文化的来临
-- 王旭东
祝情愿成功~~
-- YL
我支持POKEMON 12年了QAQ
-- 許凌峰
-- Evil_Alpha
It's regret to say I grow up,but I love this
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-- Vinylon
钟爱口袋妖怪 希望汉化
-- 马菖佑
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
希望能够早日实现7+1,一直以来就很喜欢宠物小精灵,也一直都想拥有自己的卡带和机子,但是真的看不懂其他语言,希望能有中文版,让于我类似的人也能玩上正版的游戏
-- 罗振龙
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
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
爱中文,爱口袋妖怪,爱火纹,爱怪猎~~~~
-- 徐杨
中国加油
-- 代福
希望口袋妖怪汉化!童年看英文T-T 顶起来 支持口袋!
-- 风儿
7+1 PLEASE
-- 叶栋梁
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·
希望口袋能有中文版!!!
-- 姜曾明
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-- 风起_兮
无限情怀 跪求汉化
-- 吸尘
中国語版のポケモンを嘆願いたします
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-- isual