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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Our Wishes

-- 拉人_Lion
中国語をお願い!
-- 郑良坚
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
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
此生无悔入口袋!
-- 陈祥宁
希望Pokémon的制作组能够加入中国语 我希望能在这份请愿里贡献一份力量 也是为了重温我曾经的美好回忆
-- 徐麟杰
----我们的梦想永远不会沉睡。
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-- 曾维佳
支持7+1
-- 稳健的机智少年
请求中文化
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-- 李镇豪
投上支持一票
-- 张子杨
我从7岁看神奇宝贝到现在15岁,看xy我想全世界的像我这样的人很多,我们真的很爱啊!爱神器,爱精灵
-- 刘顺杰
一個熱愛神奇寶貝的人留
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-- 曾宇浩
1
-- Mr·硬又黑
7+1,让我们祈愿
-- 沧蓝
一定要中文化啊!
-- 褚鑫阳
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、中文汉化
-- 王凯
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
效果拔群
-- 李自勉
深夜来支援一发
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-- RGZ_95C
请汉化
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-- yym
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
ポケモン最新作中国語を御願い致します!
-- 伊藤華
希望可以增加中文的口袋妖怪,谢谢!
-- 胡吉
POKEMON 大好き
-- 卢家杰
祝早日实现!
-- 咩羔
希望能中文化
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-- JOHN CENA
応援 o(* ̄▽ ̄*)ブ
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-- 双木水伯爵
加油 支持中文繁體化!!!
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-- suck777
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