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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7+1
-- 郑荣兰
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
we want Pokemon in Chinese!
-- 潘杰
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-- sinanju yu
As an avid, long-time lover of the Pokemon series, I find it absolutely incredible that the series has never been translated to support the Chinese language. I realize there are many different dialects, but most people in China speak either Mandarin or Cantonese. Not only would this open a gigantic market for Nintendo and Gamefreak et. al., this would also fall in line with Nintendo's inclusionary vision and message. I urge you to make this worldwide beloved series even more accessible. Thank you, Adam Bicksler
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-- Adam Bicksler
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
虽然我不玩掌机上的POKEMON游戏,但作为童年中重要的一部分,Pokémon游戏中文化!拜托了!
-- 周可
-- 扑克_口袋
请添加中文!
-- N3DSXLUGIA
请一定要汉化!因为不会日语好多东西都不能玩。
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-- 秦涛
拜托了
-- 张文仲
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
Pokemon series has been with me for over 15 years,please add a Chinese Language section,I'll keep loving and enjoying it.
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-- 李真隼
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
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.
从第一次接触宠物小精灵这个游戏算起已经有13年了,从此pm就成为我最喜欢的游戏系列。在GBA和NDS时代都是模拟器党,上一年和基友一起重新成为正卡主机党。虽说感觉玩英文版其实对自己来说问题不大(pm包括一部分游戏对英文水平的要求真的不高)。但是我真心觉得中文版能带来更多的乐趣,也希望通过推出中文版能吸引到那些因语言而望而却步的玩家,让更多的玩家加入到游戏中(想当年满街的孩子都玩pm的场景还历历在目)。 老任,请在pm内置中文!
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-- 苍炎Link
请愿中文化!
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-- 修罗
真诚希望口袋汉化,我爱口袋!!
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-- zephew
这就是我们的童年的这就是我们人生的一部分啊,愿我们多年后能指着不知道换了多少代的“小赤”笑着对孩子说:“喏,你爸爸当年可是和他一起长大的呢!“
-- 徐鑫宇
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
2
-- 碎心剑阔爷
陪伴童年的口袋 虽然时光逝去 但无法忘怀的点点滴滴 Pokémon 一直很爱你
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-- OwO
お願い、ポケモンの中で文化は全ての中国語のプレイヤーの大きな願い
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-- 魏康臻
支持汉化
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-- Matt
讓神奇寶貝邁向漢化吧 BY Taiwan (小畫家圖)
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-- 笑顏仮面
求汉化,大爱神奇宝贝,我们誓死追随
-- 冯仁谦
江苏常州
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-- 丸丸去哪了
一定要汉化!!!
-- 蒸笼
请在口袋中加入中文
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-- 横沟正史
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-- _狼_LANG