I have been slowly studying Japanese for a little while, but I'm far from being fluent by any means. I am getting back into the Pokémon games and I'm currently playing through all of them (almost done with Pearl at the moment). Playing through the games got me wondering: How accurate are the English translations of the game when compared to the original Japanese games? This of course is a question for our Japanese-speaking fans on the board or perhaps someone who has some knowledge regarding the fact.
Of course it's widely known that most of the names for things are changed. What I'm referring to is the translation as a whole throughout the games. Are there a lot of liberties taken when translating to many lines of text? Or is the text for the most part pretty accurate to the original meaning with changes made just to make it flow better in English? How about when it comes to matters of cultural differences (are there some major text changes to make the meaning for clear for Western audiences)? Just something that's been racking my mind for a little while. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.