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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強烈希望可以中文化 大家加油!!!~~~OUO
-- 邱耀章
支持一下
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-- 縌啭Kay
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-- @PKVSBOSS
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
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-- 堕落_樰瑞柅
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
小学就开始玩口袋妖怪了,动漫和漫画也买了很多,希望神奇宝贝能中文化
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-- 金路
求汉化!!!
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-- Tianle Yu
来晚了,虽然不是狂FAN,但是这游戏也陪着我成长 ,已得知结果 .谢谢.很开心:-D
-- 文振邦
pokemon陪我度过了童年 正在大一的我也一直在玩pm xy版带给我们惊艳。我也十分期待宝石的复刻版 衷心希望pokemon能有官汉的一天。
-- 黎志锋
请愿7+1,支持口袋妖怪汉化版!
-- 阿祖
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-- 茹凌梦境_PM
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-- @皮克西西西
从小就喜欢Pokémon看的动漫是Pokémon玩的第一第二第三......个游戏都是Pokémon。但可惜没有中文版的Pokémon玩起了没有感觉,所以在此我希望能够让Pokémon汉化让更多的人爱上Pokémon
-- 钱匆
期待口袋妖怪中文化
-- 严海波
支持
-- 永恒
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-- 遮光0929
While a native of an English speaking country myself, it would be totally cool to see the opportunity for Chinese players all around the world to get to experience the Pokemon franchise and introduce them to such a wonderful and cherished series that's renowned otherwise the world over!
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-- Benjamin Barnett
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
支持汉化!支持神奇宝贝!童年的回忆,让我们守护这仅剩的回忆与美好!
-- 罗汝佳
小时候因为没有中文版而对口袋望而却步。现在虽然可以会英文了,但是买机子和卡带还要去美国。希望能够早日中文化,进入中国市场,方便中国玩家,更广阔的普及我们此生挚爱的Pokemon!
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-- 邱海峰
Pokémon is the right of everyone on this planet! One day the world will be united by Pokémon, and we will seize our destiny, together.
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-- B. Dacote
为了我们7+1的梦,fighting
-- 周浩豪
I love Pokémon
-- 刘宇燊
很喜欢Pokémon,希望它能有中文版。
-- 何伟
它是我的童年
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-- 陈宇
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
祝愿成功
-- 白黑
渣作帮顶
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-- 无级素d小白菜
我就这样支援吧
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-- 馬拉糕大叔