Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the initial release of the nostalgic 90s game, Tamagotchi has decided to release a version of the original game, with some minor tweaks to it.
The original game, created by Akihiro Yokoi and Aki Maita, came out in November 1996 in Japan and reached the rest of the world in the following year. The egged-shaped game that housed a small alien that you had to take care of was extremely popular from the late 90s into the early 2000s. Over 76 million were sold from its creation to 2010. The game was so successful, that the creators actually received a Nobel Prize of Economics for its creation.
The premise of the game was that the player was supposed to consistently care for a small alien creature that hatched from an egg on earth. If you didn’t constantly care for the creature, the alien could easily die. There were around 30 different versions of the game released with some exclusive to Japan as well as an Android/IOS game that costs $0.99 to download and play.
Since the new release is inspired by the original, the graphics are the classic 8-bit monsters that we know and it comes in the 6 original colors with the 6 original aliens. There are a few differences between the two, however. The device is about half the size of the original and the screen is a square instead of a rectangle.
The game is as addicting as it is frustrating. To keep the creature alive, you must consistently feed it, keep it happy and disciplined, and clean after it. If you catch the creature before it soils itself, you can send it to the toilet, which will eventually lead to potty training it. The alien can die from old age, poor care, and sickness, so it’s important to stay diligent with it!
The bad news is that the 20th anniversary Tamagotchi is only released in Japan so far. The good news is that you can buy it from Amazon Japan and import it for 2000 yen or roughly $18. Nothing has been said so far when or even if it will be released in the US in the future.
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