So you've imported Pokemon Black or Pokemon White but you don't speak any Japanese and you're worried about getting stuck behind a language barrier. As we mentioned in Pokemon Monday 18, compared to previous generations, B&W is more import-friendly in some ways and less friendly in others. It can be daunting to riddle it all out, especially if you've never imported before. But never fear! We have all your non-Japanese-speaking needs covered. Armed with this guide, you should be able to play through an imported version of the game with ease no matter what your language skills.
Who this guide is for: Anyone who imported Pokemon Black or White and wants to play the game for his or herself but doesn't read any Japanese.
What this guide is: It explains essential language-based components of the game so that non-Japanese speaking players can understand what's going on and progress through the game on their own.
What this guide isn't: It's not a comprehensive walkthrough. Anything that doesn't require Japanese knowledge to figure out is not covered in this guide (gym puzzle solutions, item locations, etc).
Final note before we begin: I'm playing through Pokemon White with Tsutaja (Grass) as my starter, and Michael Grimm is playing through Black with Mijumaru (Water) as his starter, so we'll address any version differences as necessary.
Hit X to bring up the main menu.
Select Pokemon, then select an individual Pokemon to bring up this menu.
Right side options:
Item (sub options: Give, Take, Cancel)
The decorations on each bag indicate the section of the bag you're in.
Check the black box or press Y when you have an item highlighted to register the item to the Y button. A checked box will appear next to the item.
You can now register multiple items to the Y button. If you have more than one item registered, hitting Y will bring up a menu where you can select the item you want to use (pictured here is Town Map and Trainer Card/Gym Badges registered).
On the top screen, an item description appears for the item you have highlighted. The icons can be helpful in figuring out what the item is (Town Map pictured above).
Save? Yes / No.
Note: It's probably a good idea to get used to recognizing the Japanese words for Yes (top option) and No (bottom option).
English options make the Pokedex user-friendly for importers.
From top to bottom:
Text speed - slow / mid / fast
Battle animations - on / off
Battle style - shift / set
Sound - stereo / mono
Text mode - hiragana / kanji
Infrared save (C-Gear) - save / don't save