The 1990s generation must have been ecstatic when Bandai announced that they’re bringing Tamagotchi back in the market, this time as an application in Android and iPhone. It was a worldwide phenomenon when the virtual pet was first released in the form of an egg-shaped key chain. No wonder Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. has also become a hit to Android and iPhone users. Bandai Co. and Sync Beatz Entertainment reported Wednesday that the application reached 1.5 million downloads in iTunes on March 28 with more than 1 million downloads from Android users. The 2.5 million downloads were reached within 90 days since the release of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app.
With positive and promising response, probably from nostalgic original pet owners, Bandai announced that Tamagotchi “Generation 2” will be released this summer. The updated version will be developed by Namco Bandai Games Inc. (NBGI) for Android and iPhone users in Canada and the US. New shell designs and characters will also be available once Tamagotchi Generation 2 becomes available.
The Generation 2 version is not the only thing Tamagotchi has to offer. Bandai also plans to recreate Tamagotchi Angel, known to be one of the most popular models sold outside Japan, and will be released early next year. According to tamatalk.com, an online community for Tamagotchi fans, there were 17 models sold outside Japan back in the days when Tamagotchi was still inside an egg-shaped key chain. In its motherland, Tamagotchi had 38 models including one called “Doraemontchi.”
Tamagotchi is a sure way to enjoy having a cute pet without the hassle of dealing after its tangible mess. It somehow reminds me of the popular manga, Kimi wa Petto, by Yayoi Ogawa. However, the manga, which was also adapted into a Japanese drama and a Korean movie, did not feature a virtual pet. The owner, a high-achieving woman, happened to find a young man as a pet. That makes me wonder if a gaming company would dare venture into such plot for an application.