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

Nintendo just do these fans a favor. It is very sad to see pokemon lovers not being able to play in their native language. Thx!
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-- Rean schwarzer
请把我童年的梦想实现吧!
-- 王域鑫
童年的快乐,如今的乐趣,未来的美好。在此,祝愿汉化请愿成功
-- 黄明科
20年、30年我会一直追寻下去
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-- 赵文正
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
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
-- Star创世神
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
感谢开发商,感谢作者!
-- NIUBAOLUN.CN
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
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-- @亚少-我是辉二的发绳
我与pokemon一同长大,一直以来不能玩到中文化游戏真的很遗憾
-- 夜归人
支持口袋多加中国语,以前一直玩口袋,有中文的日子陪我度过了上学最难过的那一个阶段,加油!!
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-- aleixu
我觉得,一切尽在不言中
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-- 阳灿
真诚希望口袋汉化,我爱口袋!!
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-- zephew
对于中国玩家来说不能以熟悉方便的本土语言玩到经典大作是一大遗憾,这也使中国玩家感受不到任天堂公司的关爱,希望游戏能够中文化方便大家,十分感谢
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-- 李卓然
xbox1都进中国大陆了,任天堂怎么连一点动作都没有
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-- 杨欢
援,力量
-- 付拉明葛
从宝石玩到XY,口袋给了我们无数快乐,可惜,不懂日文的我,不得不等到破解后的中文版,我也希望能和世界各地的玩家一起在第一时间玩最新的口袋!也希望能在世界锦标赛上看见中国人的影子!
-- 谢佳辰
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
請把pokemon game中文化吧!
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-- Siu Kin Lung
從動畫開始就一直很喜歡 Pokémon 到之後接觸到有遊戲一部份後又更喜歡,可是一直以來都沒有中文版,讓我沒辦法直接看招式、對話、道具...之類,讓我不敢買,希望之後可以推出官方中文版的遊戲啊!!
-- 曾珮慈
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
中国的玩家们都希望能玩到正版的Pokémon 游戏,也希望能参与一些线下活动或者有获得特典的机会
-- 李鸣
为什么不汉化呢。
-- 兰昊哲
Pokémon有汉化的话 我想说买买买
-- 吴晓霜
-- 爱嗳LOVE
WiSH
-- Nasss
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-- 堕落_樰瑞柅
wish
-- 全子平