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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作为一个曾经的口袋迷,尽管已经对口袋没有了原来的热情,但我还是希望官方出中文版,毕竟游戏只有大家一起玩的时候才开心!7+1,加油!
-- Yyj
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-- sdh15
我有着美好的回忆,它的名字叫做Pokemon
-- 赵世栋
-- @diandianzhu
支持
-- cinder123
私は今や、請求灵だったら买(か)は2サービング正规の人だった
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-- 刘有天
中文版希望!带着最爱的波加曼还有其它小可爱来支持请愿~!
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-- paloes
小学一年级,现在大一
-- 陈嘉鹏
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-- 堕落_樰瑞柅
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
Pokémonそれは私たちの子供の頃です!誠実な要求中国语化!
-- 崔惠捷
爱口袋,望中文化
-- 永夜黎明
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-- @亚少-我是辉二的发绳
汉化了一定买买买!!QVQ
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-- 滕菲
口袋需要中文版
-- 张伟
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
大爱口袋!请完成我们童年时期还未完成的梦想吧!
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-- Crying Wind
Pokémon 的世界象征的我们珍贵的童年,直到现在也一直保存在我们内心深处,真心希望Pokémon 能中文化成功
-- 彭怡欣
应援。 卡盒放在外地学院没带回来,只有一台机子看起来实在太落魄了于是用了大张的纸,字太丑就加了小熊猫撑撑场面,如果日语有错也别在意啦╮(╯_╰)╭
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-- 结崎はじめ
跪求7+1有中国语!!
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-- 见鬼十四串
我有一个梦想。
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-- keeno
I love this game! Please let my little son play this amazing game in Chinese!!
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-- Yichen Wu
十年口袋妖怪 十年回忆
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-- 蒋京成
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-- @KAMI
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
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-- Lのこころ
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
什么都不说了,期待!
-- 癸十五
玩神奇宝贝游戏大概6年了。我仍然记得第一次开启GBA的好奇、第一次战斗的状态、第一次通关的喜悦,第一次抓神兽的小紧张。喜欢关东的清新感觉,喜欢城都的复古风格,喜欢丰缘的野外气息,喜欢神奥的神话色彩,喜欢合众的现代之风,和卡洛斯发生的故事……被越来越深入人心的情节打动,被越来越有个性的人设吸引……希望官方能够带来官方版的中文化神奇宝贝游戏,让神奇宝贝世界开启新的篇章。
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-- 冬青树下皮丘丘
热爱了10多年的口袋和游戏王 希望有中文 一个大叔留
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-- 邪无情8