Japanese toy maker and producer Bandai is re-releasing the iconic Tamagotchi to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The company announced the news via social media on Thursday, October 12, calling on all the ’90s kids.
A keychain-sized virtual pet simulation game, the new version of the device will be even smaller, limiting its screen from 32 X 16 pixels to 16 X 16 pixels. That’s half the original size!
The 20th anniversary line will come in 6 color schemes: deep blue-green, baby blue, fuchsia, white, ochre and sky-blue.
Apart from its size and colors, the well-loved device’s familiar egg-shape, pixelated LCD charm and the recurring need for TLC remains the same.
The players must raise to adulthood the egg deposited on Earth by Tamagotchis which are small alien species. The more careful and attentive the players are, the smarter, happier and less attention-seeking the adult creature will come out to be.
While Bandai has released more advanced versions of the Tamagotchi over the past two decades – one capable of sending text messages – outpouring feelings of nostalgia is expected when the dearly-loved device makes its official comeback in the market.
You might want to ask a relative residing abroad to purchase one for you because the anniversary edition will only be available in Northern America and the United Kingdom. A fixed number of stocks are also expected to land physical and online toy stores for a limited time.
The same line, released exclusively in Japan earlier this year, were reportedly sold out upon availability.
Tamagotchi was first launched in November 1996 in Japan and in May 1997 to the rest of the world, easily becoming one of the most successful toy fads among kids in the 1990s and the early 2000s. As of 2010, over 76 million units have been sold worldwide.
Do you want the new Tamagotchi? We sure do!
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