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

Pokémon is an amazing game. Everyone, no matter what language they speak, deserves the opportunity to play!
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-- EverChanger
请内置中文,不胜感激!
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-- 围裙妈妈_com
Chinese please
-- 王玉琴
02年开始玩PM的,一直到现在,希望中文化啊!
-- 林启锋
To help generate more players from Hong Kong or China to enjoy the world of Pokemon
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-- New Jaa Yeong
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
希望Pokémon 可以出中文版!!!
-- 黄伟彬
Come on! Translate it to Chinese!
-- GZL
希望Pokemon能早日内置中文版~( ^_^ )
-- Jecgo
贡献一份微薄的力量
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-- 召唤师
求繁體中文化,給中文玩家一個機會吧!!!
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-- Sei
7+1!!
-- 边琢淳
Chinese is one of the most-spoken languages in the world. Nintendo is selling itself short by not supporting the Pokémon franchise in Chinese-speaking regions, and doing a tremendous disservice to fans of Pokémon in those areas.
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-- Emily Green
玩口袋很多年了,从4年级玩黑白到现在的XY,一般都是日语的,汉化的都是后来才能玩的,要知道不管看着哪国语言玩着都不好受,还是真心希望,能出个华语,相信以后跟我们一样“入坑”的朋友更多!所以お愿いします!!
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-- 买辰鹏
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.
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-- sinanju yu
求出中文!
-- 冯洋
口袋对我来说已经不是一个游戏了,而是一种永生难忘的情节!7+1(中国语),我相信会有的!
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-- 高宇
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
真诚希望口袋汉化,我爱口袋!!
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-- zephew
-- 爱洋的小胖
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-- 【可可味】
此生无悔入口袋 只愿来世真新镇
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-- 王壹宇
----我们的梦想永远不会沉睡。
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-- 曾维佳
不是中文也能玩虽是怎么说但还是有点不舒服吧?
-- NE
我是加油君 大家干巴爹~~~
-- 403312463
從有記憶以來神奇寶貝就一直伴隨在我身邊!! 真的非常非常喜歡神奇寶貝!! 希望能夠中文化!! 圖是一直以來自己畫的遊戲發售倒數圖!! 想代表我對神奇寶貝的熱衷!!>w<
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-- 幻朔
请务必汉化pokemon!
-- 邱吾锟
为请愿出份力!
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-- luxendark
応援 o(* ̄▽ ̄*)ブ
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-- 双木水伯爵