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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感谢香港任天堂和各位
-- 陈达轩
Having grown up in Hong Kong as a child being one of the only person in school able to read Japanese, I think that allowing more children easy access to this wonderful game franchise is an excellent way to spread the Pokemon love, as well as make more profits for Nintendo.
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-- Millicent Mok
一直喜欢pokemon~~!也一直支持POKEMON~!从赤绿青黄~金银水晶~红包蓝宝绿宝~黑白~到xy~一路玩过来的~多么希望有一天~我们CHINA的pm迷~可以登上世界的舞台~!汉化~汉化~汉化~汉化~
-- 石头
我也来一发咯^O^
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-- 老猫噗噗
添砖加瓦
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-- 我不是隐士
我看口袋妖怪从幼儿园到现在大学,也从红宝石玩到了黑白,那么请您能够让我坚持这个Pokemon爱好,直到永远~~
-- 吕逸航
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
能夠出中文的話就太開心了!
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-- ARU
为什么不汉化呢。
-- 兰昊哲
我们渴望早日将中文化的 Pokémon 游戏介绍、推广给更多年轻人,让 Pokémon 的魅力在华语地区传承发展
-- 梁明
加油
-- 何敏哲
I know how they feel. I am from Slovakia and I have to play games in English, German, Russian or Japanese... I cant play Nintendo games in my language or in Czech language... I know how they do feel and I want to support them
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-- Jakub Gontko
不论如何,我希望游戏的世界是干净而公平的。
-- 张敏敏
毕竟pokemon是我们童年美好的记忆,中文版也是我们的梦想
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-- YOYX弟弟
虽然我已经买了英文的卡带,但是还是要支持一下。因为在半年前,我还没在美国留学时,我也是非常希望能汉化的。
-- Son of Sadan
7+1中国语请愿
-- DUORR
作为一名忠实的任天堂游戏爱好者,Pokémon是贯穿我游戏生涯的一款游戏。自从NDS时代,我就坚持购买日版和美版正版Pokémon及其他游戏。虽然我有一定的日语及英语的阅读能力,但是Pokémon游戏的汉化是我梦寐以求的。希望我们中国玩家可以早日见到汉语的Pokémon游戏。 任天堂のファンとして、ポケモンは私のゲームライフを貫いているゲームです。NDSの時代から、ずっと正式版のポケモンと他のゲームなどを買っています。ある程度の日本語と英語ができますけど、本当に中国語のポケモンゲームが望んています。中国のゲーマーズがいつの間に中国語のポケモンゲームを楽しめることをお願いします。 As a loyal fun of Nintendo games, I've been playing Pokémon series my whole life. Since I bought my first NDS console, I have been buying authorized Pokémon and other games. Though I have certain ability of reading Japanese and English, I've always been hoping that one day, I can play Pokémon games in Mandarin. I sincerely look forward to see Chinese players could be playing Pokémon games in Mandarin.
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-- 李博 Bo Li
希望能够汉化啊QwQ!
-- 俞鳗殷
我就这样支援吧
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-- 馬拉糕大叔
求中文内置pokemon!QAQQQQQQ
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-- 王勇川
希望早日看到口袋的中文版!O(∩_∩)O
-- 张煜晨
把买的所有东西给拿出来了,要不是很多都放在国内的话,东西肯定比现在还要多两倍!更有震撼力!还有画质渣,无力!
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-- xu2000624
真的希望能够出官官方汉化 因为我已经支持口袋已经14年了 每出新作我就买 为了dp世代我买了nds 为了xy我买了3ds 准备的复刻版我也准备好买了 所以我真的想口袋能有正版汉化
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-- kyumi
Pokémon是我最喜欢的游戏系列啊,既然都有七国语言了请再加上中文吧!
-- 朱健良
希望能有汉化,口袋妖怪已经超越了普通动漫的意义,尤其是像我这样的80后,伴随着口袋妖怪长大的人。
-- Thaddeus
----我们的梦想永远不会沉睡。
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-- 曾维佳
讓神奇寶貝邁向漢化吧 BY Taiwan (小畫家圖)
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-- 笑顏仮面
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
我也很喜欢这款游戏 请中文化 谢谢
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-- 廖鑫
支持
-- feiyi088