Looking back: Before Talking Tom and Pou, Tamagotchi was our favorite virtual pet

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  • Before Talking Tom, Pou, and other virtual pets, Tamagotchi was everybody’s favorite
  • In the Facebook group We are 90’s (Kami ang Batang 90’s), one of the members posted images of the old school toy Tamagotchi
  • Now, more than two decades since the toy was invented, these virtual pets can now get married, have kids, travel and go shopping, and many more

Do you still remember that small Japan-made toy which you considered as a “pet” during your childhood days?

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In the Facebook group We are 90’s (Kami ang Batang 90’s), one of the members, Den Evangelista, shared images of the old school toy Tamagotchi; asking the people in the group if they were able to own one during their childhood days.

Who would forget this keychain-sized adorable digital pet? Before Talking Tom, Pou, and other virtual pets, Tamagotchi was everybody’s favorite! Wasn’t it?

The original Tamagotchi was released in Japan on November 23, 1996. The concept was developed by Akihiro Yokoi of Bandai, who came up with the idea after seeing a commercial about a boy attempting to bring his pet turtle on a trip.

Upon activating the toy, an egg appears on the screen. The egg will wiggle for several minutes, and then hatch into a small pet. It has a Hunger Meter, Happy Meter, Bracelet Meter, and Discipline Meter to determine its condition.

Modern Tamagotchi

Now, over two decades since it was invented, the digital toy is more than just a virtual pet that can be brought anytime and anywhere. With its new upgrade, the virtual pet–named Tamagotchi On–can now get married and have kids!

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“Tamagotchi On is the next generation of the interactive virtual pet! Take care of your ‘My Tama’: feed it, clean up after it, help it make friends, get a TamaPet, go shopping, travel, and more! The magic theme comes with an exclusive land and two exclusive characters,” Amazon wrote.

“Marry to build your family tree! When your Tamagotchi character gets married, your next generation character will be born and will have features from both of their parents! Are the eyes from mom or dad? What about the body shape? What will it look like?” it added.

Sources: Facebook, Virtual Pinoy, Amazon, Wikipedia, YouTube

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