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It's back! Tamagotchi returns for 20th anniversary

Written by: J.R. | 12 Oct 2017 10:20
It was either a lovable or annoying toy when it hit the market then.
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12 Oct 2017 10:20
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Remember in the mid-1990s when a  colleague took many breaks because he or she had to feed their 'pet'?

How about the time your friend was in tears because her 'pet' kept in her handbag had 'died'?

Yes, you guessed right. We are talking about Tamagotchi, that either very lovable or very annoying handheld digital pet that went to become one of the biggest toy fads in the world then.   

After enjoying world domination for a few years, it's popularity dipped and faded into obscurity. 

Or so we thought. 

Well, guess what. It's creators, Bandai is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the hit toy by releasing a special version of its Tamagotchi in the US.

The original model was released in Japan in 1996, coming to Western markets in 1997.

This anniversary edition keeps the basic design and retro technology of the original Tamagotchi, but the updated ovoid gets a smaller screen (16 x 16 pixels vs 32 for the original), according to AFP-Relax news. 

Available in six colours, the compact egg-shaped keychain still has the same features as the original model, and still involves feeding, cleaning and playing with a pocket-sized virtual pet to keep it alive.

Released in 1996 in Japan and in 1997 in Western markets, the Tamagotchi was a schoolyard sensation, with 82 million of the virtual pets sold.

Each egg-shaped keychain had a small screen displaying a digital creature that the owner had to take care of to keep it alive and well. Neglecting the pet caused it to die.

A limited number of the mini 20th-anniversary edition models will go on sale in the USA from November 5, priced US$15 (RM63) each


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