There are few folks who grew up in the '90s who didn't badger their parents to distraction trying to acquire a virtual pet called a Tamagotchi. When they were released in 1997, these Pokemon without the cockfighting took the world by storm, like Beanie Babies stuffed with Pogs with fidget spinners for legs. But like with every fad, they died off quickly, to only be glimpsed again in "These modern teens don't know anything from your childhood because you are now an old" YouTube reaction videos.
But Tamagotchi are back with a vengeance. (Which here means they now cost twice as much.)
BandaiWow. How could you not want to spend every waking minute keeping these things alive?
Of course, there are some new bells and whistles on this version, called the Tamagotchi On. Like a color screen, for starters, along with additional activities and a mobile app to assist you in your adoption of an annoying, excessively demanding pixel beast (while also reminding you that you could play Pokemon instead). The overarching goal is to nurture your Tamagotchi until you can breed it with others like livestock, wave a hanky in farewell as it returns to its home planet, or simply watch it perish from the unchecked accumulation of feces in its filthy habitat.
BandaiYou're in a house. Learn how to use a toilet.
The core elements of the original Tamagotchi remain unchanged, however. There are still just the three buttons, the classic egg shape, and a requirement to spend an inordinate amount of time fiddling with a sniveling, soothingly colored whatsit from birth til death. And that last part can happen within the space of only a few hours, should an owner, say, do literally anything more interesting with their time.
BandaiAnother new feature is the ability to emit a fine mist which spreads the smell of organ decay.