Tamagotchi first debuted in November 1996 and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a smartwatch version. Still boasting an egg-shaped design, it brings back so many fond childhood memories. The Tamagotchi Smart will be equipped with touchscreen capabilities and voice commands to help tend to your pets better.
What is a Tamagotchi?
For the uninitiated, a Tamagotchi is a digital pet that you had to take care of on this tiny, pixelated screen. As with real-life pets, you had to feed them, play with them, and maintained their overall wellness. The popularity of this keychain toy by Bandai led to more versions and colors being released over the last two decades. They kept the familiar egg-shaped design and gameplay throughout, mostly improving the visuals.
If you’ve ever owned older versions of the Tamagotchi, you’d know how challenging it was to keep them happy. Even though there were basically just three buttons on the interface, these digital pets required a lot of real-time attention. Existing features like the pedometer, digital clocks, and wireless connectivity with other users will still be included.
Notable new features on the Tamagotchi Smart include touch functions that allow users to pet their character and voice recognition commands. The LCD screens are colored rather than monochrome and it’s rechargeable via USB so they will last up to 30 hours on a full charge. Plus, unlock extra content by purchasing a separate plug-in. The TamaSmacard will give you more styles and characters so you and your pet will never get bored.
Tamagotchi Smart comes in fun pastel colors like mint green and strawberry pink. This is all exciting news but it won’t be available until November 23. It’s said to cost ¥7,480 (roughly P3,300) and there’s no official release date for countries outside of Japan as of yet. Hopefully, they’ll be sold in the Philippines, too.