Good news for Pokémon trainers from all over Latin America, on the afternoon of May 12 it was reported that The Pokémon Company opened a call to find translators who can adapt the text from Spanish to Latin Spanish in the next video games of the series.
You can find the petition on The Pokémon Company International’s LinkedIn page, and you can even apply for the position, as long as you live in London and meet all the requirements.
This is the first time that The Pokémon Company is looking for workers to adapt a video game into Latin Spanish. And it is that although from the time of Red & Blue we have seen original cartridges in Latin America with the games of Pokémon in Spanish, we have always had to read the Spanish translation; with Tackle instead of Onslaught or Nickname instead of Nickname, to give a couple of classic examples.
How did the campaign to translate the Pokémon games into Latin Spanish begin?
It was the team behind ANMTV Latin America the one that was in charge of compiling several of the translation problems that the games of the series face in the context of Mexico and Latin America. They themselves made a petition through Change.Org to gather 25,000 signatures and thereby send Nintendo a formal request to work on the neutral Spanish translation.
Until May 13, 2022, the petition “We need Latin American Spanish in Pokémon games” has collected 23,414 signatures. However, a representative of The Pokémon Company contacted the ANMTV Latin America team to report that they were already working on the localization of their video games. Unfortunately that first answer also confirmed that Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet will not include a neutral translation.
At the moment we can only wait for the successors of the ninth generation or some spin-off from Pokémon make an appearance on the market to see if from that moment on we can already play with the attacks, names and peculiarities of Latin Spanish… which we hope will have a good inspiration from the anime of Pokémon… With everything and Moltres the Guajolote Macias!