If you were a kid growing up in the 90s, chances are your main sources of entertainment were video games. The Super Nintendo, the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive, depending on where you come from), and then later on the Playstation, the Nintendo 64 and the portable consoles such as the Gameboy and Game Gear. But there was one source of entertainment that was chilling in the background and didn’t really get much attention in that era: Tamagotchi.
For those of you who don’t know, Tamagotchi are these little keychain devices that featured a small LCD screen, and that LCD screen showed a very primitive game where you had to take care of the titular creatures. You had to raise them, feed them, and play with them. If you neglected them, they would actually die.
They were mostly Japan-exclusive, although they did start shipping out of the country back in 1997, but, in case you wanted to try out Tamagotchi for yourself but you were too young to try it when they were in their hay day back in the 90s, then we have good news for you; Bandai is re-releasing these toys to celebrate their 20th anniversary!
Similarly to how the Nokia 3310 was ressurected this year, Tamagotchi is also back, but they’re still only available in Japan. Don’t worry, they still can be imported. The price at launch will be 1920 Japanese yen, which in US dollars works out at around $17. That’s not a bad price for your own personal digital pet. And the best part? Technically speaking, they are the same in terms of graphics and features, only the phyiscal device is slightly smaller than the original, so it would have more applications.
Geeky girls might need to abandon those puffy purse attachments in favor of these awesome things.
Will you be picking up a revised Tamagotchi when they launch next month? Let us know in the comments!