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Tamagotchi's mini-sized 20th anniversary pet is as demanding as ever

Tamagotchi's mini-sized 20th anniversary pet is as demanding as ever

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi, Bandai America is releasing the device in the United States in limited quantities on November 5.

Bandai said the new mini Tamagotchi devices would be sold individually from US$14.99 (S$20) each, and would have six shell designs, with six characters each.

The Entertainer, Smyths, and Toys 'R Us will all have them in stock, should you be looking for a new/old way to interrupt important business meetings and generally not pay attention to people that are trying to talk to you.

The new line of Tamagotchis will go on sale in limited quantities for $14.99 in the U.S., with no information yet regarding possible releases around the world.

The new version won't look like the snazzy computer games available today, instead it has deliberately been made to appeal to the nostalgia of 20-and-30-somethings who had one back in the day.

There are six different designs inspired by the original run from Japan, and the packaging is the same too. It's your full time jobs, and families, and activities.




"For many Generation X kids, the Tamagotchi device can be considered America's first and favorite digital pet", says Tara Badie, marketing director for Bandai America.

Back in the late 90s, Tamagotchis were immensely popular the world over.

For those two young enough to know a Tamagotchi is a little egg-shaped key ring featuring an LCD image of a pet.

Since its initial debut, the company has sold more than 82 million units worldwide.

The new Tamagotchi line is now available for preorder ahead of its November 5 release.


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