Leave it to the Japanese to come up with THE coolest toy on the planet. Okay, so that might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s kinda not and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.
Remember Tamagotchis? Of course you do, how could anyone forget the awesome handheld digital pets?
First sold in 1996 in Japan, Tamagotchis quickly became a phenomenon all across the globe, reaching sales of 76 million worldwide as of 2010.
Typically egg-shaped and with just three simple buttons, Tamagotchis were not only easy to use, but they fit in the palm of your hand, were easy to carry around and provided hours of simple but super great fun. Ahhh, the good ol’ days.
In case you need a quick refresher, the premise of the game is that Tamagotchis are a small alien species that deposited an egg on Earth to see what life was like. It’s up to the player to raise the egg into an adult creature and the better the care, the smarter and happier the adult will be and the less care it will require.
If you happened to be anything like us, the fact that you could start fresh with a new egg when you forgot to take care of your Tamagotchi (which was more often than we’d like to admit) was also a solid perk and made the game almost as cool as having a real pet, minus all the negative side effect if you happened to accidentally let it die.
In early 2013, an enhanced version of the original 1996 Tamagotchi game was release as a free app named Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, DO IT!
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