If you were a ’90s kid, there’s a fair chance you had a Game Boy or a PlayStation growing up. If you weren’t into video games, however, you might have been the proud owner of a Tamagotchi instead. The concept is simple: you turn on the little egg-shaped electronic device, and on the tiny screen is a little 8-bit character.
From there, you play fun games with your new friend, feed it, check out its happiness levels, as well as clean up its pixelated poop. It’s a great pet simulator, and if you’re anything like me, it’s also a handy way to introduce a child to the concept of death. Eventually, you will forget it, and it will perish due to starvation.
The first Tamagotchi game was released outside of Japan in 1997, but as time went on, interest in the egg-shaped computer game dwindled, and the latest version, Tamagotchi Friends, can now only be found online. For the younger generations, there was a significant chance that they would never experience the unbridled joy of owning a Tamagotchi, not to mention the unforgettable trauma of accidentally killing it.
Not to worry, though. The 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi’s worldwide release is coming up next month, and to celebrate, Bandai, the manufacturers of Tamagotchi, are re-releasing the original Tamagotchi. Hooray!