Pokémon in Malaysia

Pokémon in Malaysia
Pokémon logo English.png
Malaysia Flag.png
Flag of Malaysia
Language Malaysian, English, Chinese
Continent Asia
Original anime airdates
EP001 November 25, 2000
DP001 February 2, 2011
BW001 June 4, 2016
February 27, 2017
SM001 March 24, 2018
April 7, 2018
JN001 November 21, 2020
HZ001 March 8, 2024

The Pokémon franchise first reached Malaysia sometime in the late 1990s. The official distributor of Nintendo products such as the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the video games is Maxsoft Pte. Ltd..

Pokémon video games

Pokémon video games are currently not available in Malaysian language. English-language games are distributed in Malaysia by Maxsoft, specifically North American copies. In November 2014, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire became the first Pokémon game to be officially released in Malaysia. In 2023, Convergent Distirbution became a distributor of Nintendo products in Malaysia replacing Maxsoft.[1]

In 2016, Pokémon Tretta machines were released in Malaysia in English.[2]

Pokémon titles officially released in Southeast Asia

Pokémon titles officially released in Malaysia

Pokémon anime

The English dub of the Pokémon anime has aired in Malaysia in the early 2000s every Saturday at 8:30 PM. Additionally, a Malaysian dub of the anime aired on NTV7 after the English version, every Friday, at 7:00 PM, although production of this dub has since been stopped.

In around early 2009, Pokémon: Master Quest was aired and dubbed in Malay in TV9. It was aired every Sunday, 5:30 PM.

In 2011, Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl was dubbed and aired in Malay. The episodes aired on every Tuesday at 7.00 p.m. on TV9. The Malay dub was based directly on the Japanese version. The production of this series stopped, only (DP001 - DP053) have aired.

From June 4, 2016 until March 31, 2017, Black and White aired on Disney XD.[3]

The Malay-dubbed Pokémon the Series: Black & White premiered on February 27, 2017. Episodes aired every Monday to Friday at 7.00 p.m. on TV9. The Malay dub was based on the English version. Production ceased on May 7, 2017, with only BW001 - BW048 having aired.

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon began airing in English on March 24, 2018, every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on TV3, beginning with First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!.[4][5] It was also made available on the Monsta YouTube channel in English with Malay subtitles every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. since April 7, 2018.[6] The series was also aired on Disney Channel beginning on July 18, 2018. The Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon season finished on TV3 on September 22, 2019. Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures first aired on TV3 from September 29, 2019 to February 17, 2020.

In Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore, two episodes of Pokémon: Indigo League were uploaded daily to the official YouTube channel for a limited time beginning April 17, 2020 as part of a "Home Fun for Pokémon Fans" campaign due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The English dub of Pokémon Journeys: The Series debuted on Netflix on November 21, 2020. In Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore, episodes of Pokémon Journeys: The Series were uploaded to the official Pokémon Asia ENG YouTube channel beginning with the first four episodes on February 19.[7]

Pokémon movies

Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel was released in Malaysian cinemas in Malay dubbed version on 10 November 2016.[8]

I Choose You! was distributed by Monsta to Malaysian cinemas with Japanese and English audio beginning on December 7, 2017.[9] The movie was later made available on demand on AstroFirst with Japanese and English audio and Malay, English, Mandarin, and Tamil subtitles beginning on February 15, 2018.[10]

The Power of Us was shown from February 2 to 24, 2019 at the Genting International Showroom at Resorts World Genting as part of the Genting Pokémon Festival.[11]

Pokémon manga

English and Malay language Pokémon manga licensed by Chuang Yi were distributed in Malaysia. After their closure, Shogakukan Asia has taken over but only in English. Apart from that, some of the manga licensed by Ching Win Publishing Co., Ltd. in the Greater China region is also available.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

English language expansions of the Pokémon Trading Card Game are available in Malaysia, distributed by Maxsoft. There are several Play! Pokémon organisations in Malaysia.

There are several fake Simplified Chinese Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions released after the English version, which are marketed exclusively for native Chinese speakers.

Pokémon merchandise

Maxsoft is the official distributor of licensed Pokémon merchandise in Malaysia, including keychains, figures, plush dolls and other collectibles.

In early 2001 and 2002, Pokémon Sticker Albums (Generation I and Generation II) had been released. The Generation I sticker album was in English language, including the lyrics of Aim to Be a Pokémon Master and Pokémon Theme. The Generation II sticker album started including Chinese language for naming Pokémon's names. For a time, fans who successfully collected all of the stickers received some special Pokémon-related gifts licensed by Nintendo.

External links


The Pokémon franchise around the world
The Americas: BrazilCanadaLatin AmericaUnited States
Asia: Greater ChinaIndonesiaJapanMalaysiaPhilippinesSingaporeSouth AsiaSouth KoreaThailandVietnam
Europe: AlbaniaBelgiumBulgariaCroatiaCzech RepublicDenmarkFinlandFranceGermanyGreece
HungaryIcelandIrelandItalyLatviaLithuaniaNetherlandsNorth MacedoniaNorwayPoland
PortugalRomaniaRussiaSerbiaSlovakiaSpainSwedenUkraineUnited Kingdom
Middle East: Arab worldIsraelTurkey
Oceania: AustraliaNew Zealand

  This article is part of Project Globe, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon franchise around the world.