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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为了中文化!
-- 李城健
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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
7+1 Chinese Yes!
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感谢老任给了我们一个梦一个回忆,然而,我更希望我们能看到中文版的口袋,圆我们的梦!
-- 徐毅晟
十分喜欢口袋妖怪,这个游戏真的非常好,希望你们可以出中文,让更多的中国人,可以游玩到这种好游戏,谢谢
-- 张书华
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
7+1
-- 蔡炳豪
7+1~~中国語!!
-- Lucius
拜托了,一定要7+1.
-- 秦佳晨
期待皮卡们的中国话
-- 晋童
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
求中文!
-- 黄光宇
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
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
7+1=無限の可能性
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-- Ene
口袋出中文必买无疑,小时候经常为了看宠物小精灵逃课什么的。以前的口袋就算是日文都玩通关了。不说了。。说多了都是泪。。。
-- 董超
Long time being sink into the fantacy world with pokemon, I consider it would be better to add one more language to let tens of thousands of Chinese player enjoy this game more. 7+1~
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-- Tw1st Lyu
深夜来支援一发
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-- RGZ_95C
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
玩到有官方正式繁體中文的神奇寶貝遊戲是我一直以來的夢想!
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-- 劉又逢ㄥ
1
-- @pishenghao
7+1 必定成功
-- 杨高平
1
-- JP猫粮
没有机子我也就只能这样了画图了www..表示一下支持~~~(顺带当生日礼物送给自己吧hhhhhh)
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-- 咲兔_Pattie
情愿!心愿!
-- niku
真的从小就非常非常喜欢PM!希望能添加内置中文,圆一个梦!
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-- hacko.
我将尽我所能支持一直以来都很喜欢的pokemon,请务必汉化将其推广.
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-- Astlar
加油哦,童年的回忆
-- 赵雪圻
汉化!
-- ZEWER