Believe it or not, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the first Tamagotchi to come out. So it seems that it was only a matter of time before the iconic game became a better reflection of modern technology. Enter in Smart, a next Tamagotchi that adopts a form factor like smartwatch.
New in this model is the inclusion of touch and voice controls. As you may have guessed, the first one allows you to wake up your pet and pick it up. But when it comes to voice checks, don’t expect voice recognition. A FAQ in Japanese language noticed by Input says you can use the feature to wake your pet, and it doesn’t actually recognize specific commands. Since Bandai conceived the Tamagotchi Smart thinking about children, it’s probably for the best.
Each Smart Tamagotchi also comes with new characters to look after and look at. Bandai will also sell separate “TamaSma” cards that allow Smart owners to sideload exclusive characters and items to their laptop. Yay for physical DLC.
Of course, features of previous Tamagotchi devices such as u Pix make a return. The Smart also has a digital clock and a pedometer. Judging by the publication of the YouTube video Bandai, it may also be possible to listen to music on the device. Of course, all these features come in the iconic egg shape of past Tamagotchi devices,
The Tamagotchi Smart will go on sale in Japan in November for about $ 60. No word yet on an international release.
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