If you’ve lived your childhood in the 90’s you’ll surely remember the Tamagotchi, the first virtual pet that hit the market in the middle of the decade. Now that the retro are so fashionable, Bandai wanted to celebrate the device’s 20th birthday by releasing a reissue version a little smaller but with the same features as the original.
The Tamagotchi came to market on November 23, 1996 in Japan and in May 1997 to the rest of the world, unleashing a phenomenon that quickly made the device one of the most desired toys of the 90’s and early 2000. By if you do not know it, it is a small device with egg shape that fits in the palm of the hand and is equipped with a screen and three buttons. The company says it has sold more than 82 million units since its launch.
In it lives a virtual pet that requires the attention of the user for their food, hygiene, fun or education, so you have to be aware of it and meet their needs. Depending on the care we give you, the pet will evolve by acquiring one personality or another and we will get better or worse educated. Its purpose was to promote the development of the sense of responsibility of children.
The reissued version of Tamagotchi was launched last April in Japan on the occasion of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the birth of the virtual mascot. It retains the design line of the original version, but is 20% smaller and lighter. The LCD is now square rather than rectangular with measures of 16×16 pixels. There are six models from which to choose and the creatures will be able to develop six different personalities.
Now, the 2017 edition of the Tamagotchi is about to arrive in the United States. The virtual pet Bandai will go on sale on November 5 and will be priced at $ 15 (12.7 Euros at current exchange rates). At the moment there is no official confirmation that he will also arrive in our country.