We can all remember the day that we got our first Tamagotchi. We would promise our moms that we would play with it all the time and that it would absolutely be worth the money. We would bring them everywhere we went, whether it was to school or to a friends house.
You would have your electronic pet in your pocket or on a special lanyard around your neck at all times. They were basically the most important thing in your life for a while there, but then they got banned from school and eventually we outgrew them.
It has been 20 years since the original Tamagotchi was released, but this year the company decided to create a special 20th anniversary edition of the former fad.
But what will it cost you to relive your childhood?
Luckily, it's not that expensive to be a kid again. Which is good because as it turns out, taking care of those Tamagotchis is a lot more effort than we remember.
They will only cost about $15 when they are released on November 5th. It's a little bit different than how you might remember it because they made them about 20% smaller.
It also doesn't have the same mini-games that it used to, but that is because the screen is significantly smaller.
The marketing director for Bandai America said that "for many Generation X kids, the Tamagotchi device can be considered America’s first and favorite digital pet. The enduring power of Tamagotchi is its clear expression that nurturing and love never goes out of style.”
The vice president of brand management, Liz Grampp, explained that "It is alive and well in Japan and has not taken a break." Shortly after they announced the original release of the 20th anniversary edition in Japan, "Bandai America was flooded with requests to bring it back." So finally, several months later here it is!
"What's fun about the physical device is the novelty of it," Grampp says. "If you grew up with Tamagotchi, you have a strong nostalgia factor of carrying it around and keeping your pet around. It's really unique and such a novel way to play, but the gameplay is very familiar."