Traditionally, the Pokémon games have been released in China and Hong Kong in different languages.

With the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon, The Pokémon Company will for the first time release the games across the entire Greater China region in one language, Simplified Chinese — and no one is happy about it. According to a Quartz report, gamers feel that the changes disrespect their culture and languages.

This is most pointed in Hong Kong, where the official language is Cantonese. Many of the new names for the Pokémon are Mandarin-style; in particular, the beloved mascot for the franchise, Pikachu. On Monday, May 30, a small group of protesters marched on the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong to demand the name change back from Pikaqiu (pronounced Pei-kaa-jau in Cantonese) to Bei-kaa-ciu.

A Facebook page protesting the change has attracted over 2,500 people. The Pokémon Company did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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Hong Kong Pokémon fans protest Pikachu name change – CNET