Taiwanese Pokemon card game instruction booklet

tl;dr It seems like the Pokemon card game was fully localized for the Taiwanese market. These scans are from the 'Brief Introduction' to Pokemon, the 'collectible card game'.

I’m always interested to findĀ game-related things localized for the Taiwanese market. Taiwan is so often overlooked when it comes to localization. Usually the Japanese version of a game will be released with just a localized cover, or a game will have Chinese subtitles and retain the English soundtrack. Very rarely is something fully localized like it seems the Pokemon card game was.

When I taught English here I remember my students playing Yu-Gi-Oh!, but I don’t remember much talk of Pokemon. That’s probably changed now with the recent popularity of Pokemon Go and the 3DS games, but these instructions are dated 1999/2000 so are from the original release of the game in Taiwan.

I also posted these scans to ChineseHacks where I translated some of the Chinese.

 

Pokemon card game rules from Taiwan - Page 01
Pokemon card game rules from Taiwan – Page 01
Pokemon card game rules from Taiwan - Page 02
Pokemon card game rules from Taiwan – Page 02