Tamagotchi to return as iPhone and Android app
The Tamagotchi, an electronic virtual pet that became a craze in the 1990s, is to return as an iPhone and Android app.
Japanese toy and video games maker Bandai has announced that Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. will soon be available to download from GooglePlay and the Apple Store.
The first Tamagotchi, a small plastic toy on a keychain with a screen displaying rudimentary graphics, was released in Japan in 1996.
Players would see their virtual pet hatch onscreen, and then would have to look after it by remembering to press buttons at regular intervals for feeding time, bed time and so forth.
The game went on to sell more than 78 million units worldwide.
The new app will include a “Retro Mode”, which offers features similar to the original game, as well as more advanced options and related mini games.
"The original Tamagotchi was first released 16 years ago and took the world by storm. Everyone had a Tamagotchi and loved taking care of their digital pets," Bandai said in a statement.
"The new Tamagotchi app will feature the same gameplay you know and love with a number of exciting new features."
They have not given a date for the release, only saying that it will be available “soon”.
The word Tamagotchi is made from combining “tamago”, the Japanese word for egg, with the English word “watch”.
L.i.f.e stands for “love is fun everywhere”, according to the company blog.
In case that needs further explanation, Bandai adds: “Fans who grew up with Tamagotchi are today, positive, assured, intrepid, cooperative and empowering … when you factor in its modern-day update with a trendsetting focus, you’ll understand what Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. is all about.