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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5岁玩到现在17岁~~苦于日语\英语不好买来卡带只能收藏用。 支持正版!请加入中文~
-- 芮嘉
应援一下,虽然这么多年日文也蒙着看过来了
-- pokemon851
小时候第一步掌机的第一款游戏就是口袋绿,口袋一直伴随着我长大,希望任天堂加入中文,让更多的中国孩子体会到口袋的乐趣
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-- 伊丽莎白斯IsBack
支持虽然我力量不大
-- DS伟哥
支持
-- 小六
從小陪伴我們的動畫以及遊戲就是 !!Pokémon !!了 主機隨著時代改變 Pokémon也越加豐富 由衷希望能顧及中文玩家們, 給我們更加深入認識Pokémon的世界, 讓我們注入更多愛在Pokémon!!
-- 紀欣佑
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-- POCKMON2
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
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
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-- a2628185
请支持简体中文版
-- 蛮角
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-- @亚少-我是辉二的发绳
宠物小精灵求内置中文,拜托了,谢谢了
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-- 某玉碎的坂田银时
超级希望中文化
-- 乐延产
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-- suiginkagami
拜託中文化!!!!!!!~~~~~
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-- 陳育淵
-- M134重机枪·
求pokemon系列增加中文( ̄∇ ̄)
-- Kresnik
连韩国都有了····
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-- 高萌
ポッケモンを中国語化にお願いします,沢山ポッケモンファンは中国で待ってるから,おれおれはずっと任天堂をささえているから。
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-- orochimarux
這樣我就可以暢遊在故事之中啊!
-- 許桓翊
请加入中文语言!Ping's PokeDex需要官方中文的数据! Please include Chinese on top of the current 7 languages! Ping's PokeDex needs official Chinese data!
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-- Ping
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
-- @SATOOOOOSHI
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
-- @人野柚子君
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-- @皮克西西西
I don't live in China but I was born there. I can't imagine growing up without Pokemon in a language I understand... I hope more people can enjoy the entirety of the Pokemon franchise, and since so many people speak Chinese, it only makes sense to give th
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-- 新春
七国语言不含中文,确实对一个全球第一人口的语言是一个很大的打击,望任天堂公司能好好抓住一次次错过的机遇,不要在伤任粉的心~
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-- 湛蓝一瞬
玩过好多版本的口袋妖怪,口袋妖怪一直是玩家们最喜欢的游戏,可是每一个新版本的出售就是没有中国语的存在,请求加入中国语
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-- 郑忠平