Sunday 19 May 2019

Iconic 90s digital pet Tamagotchi is coming back to life just in time for Christmas

Aatif Sulleyman

The Tamagotchi is making a comeback in November.

The iconic 90s toy is expected to trigger outpourings of nostalgia when it goes on sale in the US on 5 November, for $15 (£11.35).

Bandai, which brought it to the Japanese market earlier this year, is yet to confirm whether or not it will also come to the UK.

The new version of the egg-shaped device is slightly smaller than the original, which has upsides and downsides.

While this makes it slightly easier to carry, it also limits the size of the screen, which has dropped from 32 x 16 pixels to 16 x 16 pixels.

Otherwise, it's much the same. You have to feed your digital pet, care for it and clean up after it.

If you don't, it will die.

The digital pet, which was originally released in Japan in 1996, before conquering the rest of the world a year later, will be available in six bold colour schemes.

Though Bandai has released more advanced versions of the Tamagotchi over the past two decades, including one capable of sending text messages, it’s the original formula that really strikes a chord with today's consumers.

Its comeback follows that of the Nokia 3310, which was resurrected in February.

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