If you grew up in the '90s or early 2000s, you probably owned a Tamagotchi—and when we say owned, we mean loved, cherished, and painstakingly took care of. For those of you unfamiliar, the Tamagotchi is a handheld digital pet that was created by Japanese toy brand Bandai in 1996 and quickly became one of the biggest toy fads of its time. Now, the beloved gadget is a quarter-of-a-century old, its OG audience well into adulthood—and yup, it's still here. Whether you want to introduce the kids in your life to the joys of playing with a Tamagotchi or you just want to relive your childhood, we've got great news: To celebrate the toy's 25th anniversary, Bandai is releasing the Tamagotchi smartwatch, a modernized version of the classic virtual pet!
Much like the OG Tamagotchi, the smartwatch version of the classic toy sports an egg-like shape. This time, it's equipped with a handy strap that lets you wear it everywhere you go—thereby bringing your pet with you at all times, so that it can always get the love and attention it needs. The smartwatch's face still sports the classic three-button design on the bottom, but instead of the colorless, pixelized screen you grew up with, the Tamagotchi smartwatch has a touchscreen LCD that actually lets you stroke your digital pet's head. Plus, it’s rechargeable via USB (the original was battery-powered) and can run for up to 30 hours on a full charge. It also has a microphone that lets you talk to your Tamagotchi pet. You'll be hanging out with your virtual furbaby all day and night!
Feast your eyes on the upcoming Tamagotchi smartwatch:
The Tamagotchi Smartwatch will be available in Japan starting November 23 for JPY ¥7,480 (roughly P3,310). We’re crossing our fingers that it will be released in the Philippines, too!
For more information, log on to Bandai's website.
* This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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