Tamagotchi Virtual Pet Returns For 20th Anniversary

Tamagotchi    
    Credit Bandai America

Tamagotchi Credit Bandai America

When we were young the Tamagotchi was THE toy to have.

Bandai America is bringing Tamagotchi back to the USA this November, and you can preorder a digital toy pet starting Tuesday for $15 at various North American retailers. And for that extra bit of authenticity, they've kept the design of the packaging exactly the same as the original. Players will also find the same group of pixelated pets to raise as well.

We played with them so much that many of our primary schools confiscated them. just like they did our phones in secondary school.

The experience has been streamlined in some way, with the three buttons meant to make hatching, feeding and cleaning up after a Tamagotchi easier, without having to navigate menus to get things done.

Tamagotchi was a digital pocket pet that you'd carry around with you. It's your full time jobs, and families and activities.

Today's entry in "anniversaries that seem to be celebrated specifically to make you feel old" is everybody's favourite virtual pet...

The new Tamagotchi toys will be smaller than their '90s counterparts, but should otherwise look and act the same to hit all the nostalgic notes you're hoping for.

This isn't the first time Bandai has revived the toy.

Back in the late 90s, Tamagotchis were immensely popular the world over. It goes through different life stages, such as hatching from an egg, and demands attention, like asking to be fed or played with.

Since its initial debut, the company has sold more than 82 million units worldwide.

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