Bandai released an updated version of their popular Tamagotchi digital pets to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary. The toy is currently available only in Japan.
Tamagotchi Hatches Again
Slap bracelets. POGs. Pokemon Cards. Lisa Frank anything. These were all playground staples of the 90s. However, the most coveted of them all was the digital pet. The digital pet came in two varieties: Giga pet and Tamagotchi. Essentially, they both served the same functions. But the hippest of the hip kids knew Tamagotchi was the superior product. The digital pet is part Furby, part app, and 100% the bane of every parent and teacher. The basic idea is shockingly simple in its execution: keep your pet from certain death. This is accomplished by feeding, petting, and cleaning up after the digital creature.
Eventually, the culture moved forward, and the digital pet went the way of the dodo. Truth be told, the digital pet has existed in some form since its inception, but the market has dwindled. However, Amazon Japan is setting out to change that. For Tamagotchi’s 20th anniversary, Bandai released a brand new first generation version of the digital pet. While the brand evolved into multi-color displays and the ability to take care of multiple creatures on one device, the anniversary edition is the same LCD baby 90’s kids know and love.
Currently, the product is only available in Japan. But now that the internet is aware, a U.S. launch should be just around the corner. Sure, we can download an official first generation Tamagotchi app on our smartphones, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, the 90’s kids whose parents were smart enough to know the terror these creatures would rain on our households don’t have to ask permission anymore! Where did you stand in the Giga Pet v. Tamagotchi debate? Let us know in the comments!