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Tamagotchi Interactive Toy on a Chain 20th Anniversary

The Tamagotchi Keyring Pet Toy is one of the most popular interactive toys from the 1990’s and makes an appearance as its almost time for their 20th anniversary. If you remember the original maybe you have kids of your own now who hopefully will appreciate the lack of interactivity and non-online gaming, and instead keep the pet fed, clean and healthy. 

Your kids will feed, clean up, and take care of their little portable digital friend just like the original Tamagotchi game you did back in the day, let them earn and appreciate responsibility. continue reading>>

Tamagotchi Relaunced in UK on 21st Dec 2013

The Nineties toy craze Tamagotchi the virtual pet you had to carry around with you to feed and look after is being relaunched by Bandai in the UK this time branded Tamagotchi Friends.

The original version sold 80 million units since first appearing in 1997.  The new Tamagotchi Friends will be on general sale from 21st December and it will look very much like the original but inside it has new technology, now owners can ‘bump’ other owners to send each other texts, gifts and even go on play dates.

Tamagotchi Friends 2013 Digital Friend Egg Gem blue tamagotchi-friends-2013-digital-friend-egg-dalamation

The more they ‘bump’ together and interact the more points and rewards will be earned while also raising their best friend meter. New characters and games are included and a pause funtion which could be very handy.

“In the 90s, Tamagotchi paved the way for a digital age in toys so we are incredibly excited to be giving the hugely popular, classic toy a modern day update,” said Bandai marketing director, Darrell Jones, who worked on the original Tamagotchi launch.

“The innovative features, including the new characters and the short range communication ‘bump’ feature, will entertain a whole new generation of Tamagotchi fans.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing Tamagotchi being welcomed into homes and playgrounds across the country, and once again becoming an important member of everyone’s family.” – Bandai marketing director, Darrell Jones

Tamagotchi Friends are priced at £24.99 recommended retail price and can now be pre-ordered from the usual UK outlets, amazon, toysrus,smthys toys and argos.

Item Weight 118 g
Product Dimensions 15.2 x 12.7 x 5.1 cm
Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required.
Manufacturer recommended age: 6 – 12 years
Item model number 37485
Number of Puzzle Pieces 1
Assembly Required No
Batteries Required? Yes
Batteries Included? No
Material Type(s) Plastic

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Tamagotchi

Tamagotchi the digital virtual pet on a egg shaped keyring was a craze and a huge hit first released in 1996, with a new collection and designs released in 2004.
Up to 2010 over 76 million units were sold. The story is Tamagotchi eggs have been laid to see what Earth is like and it is your task to raise the egg creature.

Image of Tamagotchi White One I had Tamagotchi red with clock face
3 small buttons were all that was needed to navigate through, you could feed, clean, happiness, weight, play. The eggs goe through a number of stages of development, each stage lasts a set amount of time depending on the version.

The were a massive craze and were a feature of countless children’s pockets and frustration of teachers as they were distracting during school time.

Created by Akihiro Yokoi of WiZ Co. Ltd, and Aki Maita of Bandai Co. Ltd. in Japan. It was sold at the first time in 1996 in Japan. Most of Tamagotchi has a same form like a small egg shaped computer and has three interfaces at the bottom. The name Tamagotchi comes from the Japanese word ‘tamago’ which means ‘egg’ and the English word ‘watch’. Two words were mixed together to be the word ‘Tamagotchi’ .

Now in 2013 which is rather late some might say they are finally catching up with an official App, sure you can download slightly similar virtual pets but these new apps are the real deal and quite an improvement over the more basic egg version. And now you have something else to be tending to on your phone through out the day.

As with the old toy the app works by tapping three unlabelled buttons in the app’s “toy view,” which recreates the eggshell interface on your Android phone. The bleeping and blooping noises of the original are annoyingly reproduced, alerting you to your pet’s wants and needs.  If you ignore your Tamagotchi long enough and it will die and you’ll have to start over with a new pet.