Although for me, the trend of Tamagotchi's has near enough ended, Tamagotchi's are still sold in large quantities, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular electronic toys on the market. If bandai hadn't of continued re-designing the tamagotchi, i doubt the hand-held digital pet would still be on shelves. But Bandai hasn't given up on the unique idea, and have released many improved versions, each one more impressive than the previous.
So, why should you buy a tamagotchi?
For those who are still unsure on what a Tamagotchi is, i will start with the basics. The Tamagotchi is a electronic hand-held digital pet, released on November 23rd, 1996 by Bandai. The job of the owner is to take care of the pet, by feeding, exercising and cleaning up after it. The owner can also check its age, hunger, weight and happiness; aswell as interacting with other tamagotchi's. The name is derived from the Japanese word "たまご" (tamago) which means "egg", and the English word "watch". Which explains why the overall design is an eggshell, which surrounds a pixelated screen in which the Tamagotchi pet "lives".
Firstly, i recommend buying the most recent version if you're definatley set on buying one; as each of the 18 different designs are eye-catching and have many unique characteristics. The tamagotchi comes with a quirky keychain mascot, and a roof-like feature on the top left. If you search on google for the tamagotchi advertisers, you will quickly find the attractive features of the latest innovation in tamagotchi technology; yet in my my experience, (i have had two tamagotchi's in the past, version 1 + 4) the toy can easily get boring, as the main goal of the game is to get the tamagotchi as old as possible, although the latest version seems to have many improvements on this.
Overall, I would definatley recommend buying tamagotchi's if you are giving it as a gift to two or more children, as they can compete to reach the higher maturity of the pet, however, if you're buying for an only child, i would advise you to look further on the market for a long-lasting product. :)
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