Thank you to Tamagotchi for the sample. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Ever wish you could turn the clock back about 20 years? I often revisit memories from my childhood, recalling moments, music, people, and sometimes even trendy toys. Call it nostalgia, but I love to go through those BuzzFeed posts and read about the Top 20 toys from the late 80's and 90's. In a way, they make me feel young again, while making me feel every bit my age. I'm much closer to 40 than I am to 20, by the way!
My son (B, 7 years old) often asks about toys and games that my hubby and I enjoyed when we were growing up, and one of the toys/electronics that I fondly remember is the Tamagotchi pet. My sister and I each had one, and 20 years ago, those babies were top of the line tech toys. Do you remember them? Well, guess what? Tamagotchi is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and is returning just in time for the holidays!
The Original Virtual Reality Pet by Tamagotchi is back!
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Tamagotchi in the United States and to memorialize the occasion, Bandai America has released a smaller version of the original in limited quantities. Totally Awesome!
Awakening and evoking nostalgic feelings from the mid-to-late '90s, this smaller Tamagotchi device features the familiar egg shape, pixelated LCD charm, and, of course, the recurrent need for tender-loving-care that endeared fans in 1997 when it was first released! Like the original Tamagotchi device, the mini Tamagotchi includes six different shell designs from the initial Japanese launch and each one includes six characters. To pay homage to fans, the mini Tamagotchi will also feature the iconic packaging design of the original Tamagotchi device. Now, both original fans and new fans can obsess over caring for their Tamagotchi character, and as they do the character will uniquely grow and develop.
“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. “The enduring power of Tamagotchi is its clear expression that nurturing and love never goes out of style. It’s such an honor to bring back one of the most beloved toys in a way that captures the magic and joy of a generation while embracing the sensibilities of new generations.”
Bandai America created a wave of excitement and huge demand for Tamagotchi when the device was introduced 20 years ago. Since its initial debut, the company has sold more than 82 million units worldwide.
We received an orange Tamagotchi and I'm not sure who is more excited- me or my husband. We've had a lot of fun playing with our little pet. I've been feeding and caring for it off and on since I received it, and have just been having loads of fun. Ultimately, it's going to go into B's Christmas stocking, and I know he'll be so excited to enjoy a fun toy that his parents had when they were growing up.
Since the Tamagotchi is so small, B can easily clip it to his backpack, and he'll have a lot of fun bringing it on vacation in a few weeks after Christmas.
Want it? Get it!
In celebration of its launch, all generations that want the chance to feed, play and clean up after their virtual pets can enjoy this fun handheld device as a holiday gift or stocking stuffer! The mini Tamagotchi devices are sold individually with a suggested retail price of $14.99.
Head on over to Tamagotchi to check out the release of the mini Tamagotchi and to find more Tamagotchi fun! Learn more at Bandai.com.
Special thanks to Bandai for allowing us to have some fun and relive our childhood with the Tamagotchi. Look for it in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.