We discussed the impact of Tamagotchi 5 years ago, When the virtual animal brand won 20. Now, with the 25th anniversary on us, Bandai is producing another new product related to Tamagotchi: a smartwatch.
The ‘Tamagotchi Smart’ has a color touchscreen and includes a microphone, so you can talk and touch your virtual pet. It launches in Japan on November 23rd.
There are ten different beasts to choose from in the watch, including Mametchi, Poptchi, Awamokotchi, Kuchipatchi, Gaogaltchi, Pyueltchi, Wawatchi, Tuyoputchi, Milktchi and Karapatchi, and you can buy “TamaSma Cards” plug-ins for 1,100 Yen each, which offer new items, accessories, and mini-games that you can download onto your device.
Wireless transfer between Tamagotchi Smart units is possible, so you can send your pet to your friend’s watch, and vice versa. Aside from raising a pet, the Tamagotchi Smart also serves as a traditional watch and includes a pedometer to track your footsteps throughout the day – but it doesn’t seem to offer any connectivity with your smartphone.
The Tamagotchi Smart comes in two colors – Mint Blue and Coral Pink – and will cost 6,380 Yen. A third variant is offered to officially mark Tamagotchi 25th anniversary, which costs 7,480 Yen and can be purchased only via a lottery.
There’s nothing in a Western version for the Tamagotchi Smart, but given the popularity of the Tamagotchi brand, we would have imagined it would be on the cards for 2022.
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