Tamagotchi are back! Original eggs re-released in Japan

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
Photo credit: Bandai

From Digital Spy

One of the most iconic toys of the '90s, the Tamagotchi, has just been re-released by its original creator.

The toys were so popular that, by 2010, over 76 million of the digital eggs had been sold worldwide and now Bandai has issued a new wave of the devices that are near-identical to the original six versions launched in 1996, with each one featuring a different design.

The name 'Tamogotchi' is a portmanteau of the Japanese "tamago" which means "egg", and the English word "watch", and the toy itself asks players to care for a digital creature.

When the game is first loaded an egg hatches, leaving players with a helpless newborn. Players are then required to clean, feed, and pet their creature in order to keep it alive and healthy.

As children we loved them, we cared for them, and eventually neglected them until they died in a pile of poop. Thankfully our pre-pubescent brains were able to move on quickly.

As adults working tiring jobs with little to no social life, we're sure the same loss would wash over us. No need to worry.

Photo credit: Giphy

Each of the new Tamagotchi is available for purchase on Amazon Japan for ¥1,900 (roughly £14). It's unclear whether Bandai intends on selling the toys in other countries too.

Our daily lives have changed immeasurably in the 20 years since 1996. Smartphones now clamour for our attention all day, so cleaning up digital doo-doo may be seem a chore with too small a reward.

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