16 March 2018
If you are someone who grew up in the 90s, especially in the United States, you must have heard of Tamagotchi. For those who have not, those were digital toys which allowed kids to take care of a virtual pet visible on the LCD display. There were buttons to feed them when they felt hungry and to do other things to keep them happy which was eventually helpful in helping them grown into an adult. If the kids missed anything, the toy used to remind them by making a beep sound and if left unattended for too long, the virtual pet would die. These toys were released in the US about 20 years ago and to mark the occasion, its creator Bandai America is bringing them back in a slightly new avatar.
As per the announcement, Bandai America is re-introducing Tamagotchi digital pet toys in a relatively smaller size as compared to the ones launched in two decades ago. There will be six characters with six shell designs to choose from. The most important thing to notice here is that the company will be releasing only limited quantities of the same. It means if you are interested, you will have to act fast to get your hands on one of the new ones.
Tara Badie, Bandai America's Managing Director said,
“For many Generation X kids, the Tamagotchi device can be considered America’s first and favorite digital pet. The enduring power of Tamagotchi is its clear expression that nurturing and love never goes out of style. It’s such an honor to bring back one of the most beloved toys in a way that captures the magic and joy of a generation while embracing the sensibilities of new generations.”
The company said Tamagotchi proved to be insanely popular during their time and it has sold over 82 million units of these toys around the world so far. The latest-generation Tamagotchi toys have been priced at $14.99 per unit and are currently up for preorders via numerous North American retail outlets.