They took the nineties by storm and now these cute little virtual eggs are set to make a comeback in children’s hearts and hands. The Tamagotchi toys, made by Japanese toy making and video game company Bandai, will be hitting shelves in Europe late this December, and those in North America during Fall 2014.
The new updated version is called Tamagotchi Friends and still maintains the original concept of an egg-shaped virtual pet that the owner has to take care of, including feeding it, taking care of it when it becomes sick, entertaining it when it becomes bored and even exercising it to keep it healthy. In fact, it can serve as preparation for children for taking care of an actual, living pet. This time around, the makers have added a social aspect to this classic toy, by encouraging the players to make friends with other Tamagotchi owners, simply by bumping their eggs with one another.
The name Tamagotchi is actually a combination of the Japanese word for “egg”, which is tamago, and the Japanised version of the English word “watch”. It is primarily aimed for children aged 7-9 but during its heyday, even adults got addicted to taking care of their own virtual pets. The makers are hoping that this new incarnation will have the same appeal. The toys will be sold at $19.99, according to Bandai spokeswoman Tomomi Washizu.
UPDATE: December 6, 8:10 PM Bandai reached out to let us know that the new line of Tamagotchi Friends toys will be releasing in Europe in late December, but not in time for Christmas as was previously reported, and the North American release is set for Fall 2014.
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