The Tamagotchi is coming back to steal your free time


"'90s kids hoping to relive their childhood can now do so in full glory with the return of everyone's favourite digital pet, Tamagotchi!".

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi, Bandai America is releasing the device in the United States in limited quantities on November 5.

Yes, the new Tamagotchi looks very much like the original, including the device's egg shape, with six different designs pulled from the original Japanese launch.

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The mini Tamagotchi devices have been launched with a suggested retail price of £9.99.

Its arrival coincides with the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi in the US, which launched in 1997.

The Entertainer, Smyths, and Toys 'R Us will all have them in stock, should you be looking for a new/old way to interrupt important business meetings and generally not pay attention to people that are trying to talk to you.

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There have been 82 million Tamagotchis sold worldwide since the toy's 1997 release. "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".

The new, smaller Tamagotchi offers a simpler experience meant to play into the nurturing loop the device is known for, with only three buttons included.

".Those late-20, early-30-year-olds, they loved the product the first time". The company is headquartered in El Segundo, California.

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