Welcome to the middle age, the millennials.  Your childhood is now a smartwatch novelty.

Welcome to the middle age, the millennials. Your childhood is now a smartwatch novelty.
Screenshot: Bandai Namco

If you have read Gizmodo dot com in the last month, you know Tamagotchi. You know there are different variations available to collect around the world, and you know there is a thriving community of fans who are keeping Tamagotchi alive even decades later. Tamagotchi is so popular that Bandai has sold over 83 million units from March 2021. That’s why the company continues to reinvent the virtual pet, with the next arriving in portable form.

Bandai Namco, the parent company behind the Tamagotchi of yesterday and today, fair ad this is the launch of the Tamagotchi Smart. It is incredibly pretty connected watch, covered with a pastel pink or teal silicone with a matching strap which I hope will certainly fit an adult wrist. The Tamagotchi Smart will have smartwatch-like functions including a pedometer and voice commands. (However, we’re not talking about Google Assistant here. More on that later.) He also has touch controls like Tamagotchi Pix, another next-generation model currently rolled out in Spain and launched next month in the United States.S. You will be able to tickle and stroke your Tama and give him a real sense of security.

We have an overview of how the Tamagotchi Smart works thanks to the Faq. Tamagotchi smartwatch will not be back-compatible with other Tamagotchi devices which makes sense considering the Tamagotchi Meets / On uses Bluetooth and the new Pix uses QR codes. the Clever uses of Tamagotchi TamaSma Cards, which Bandai will sell separately. These are tiny plastic keys with chips that will include exclusive items and characters that you can download to the smartwatch. TamaSma cards are similar to the concept of Tamagotchi P‘s “parts”, whI you can trade to unlock new content. (I always try to find one on eBay for a reasonable price.)

The voice command functionality on the Tamagotchi Smart isn’t fancy at all. It is a way for you to call the Tamagotchi and respond when it reacts. The FAQ page takes care to note that “there is no voice recognition feature that recognizes the words themselves”. According to ViceThere will be a feature called “Power Up,” which allows users to record conversations with their pets in the hopes of fostering deep and meaningful connections.

The official Tamagotchi Smart promotional video.

As with most color Tamagotchi models, there is cooperative play available for you to play games and sync with your friends.

Tamagotchi’s pivot to the smartwatch was inevitable given the success of the Vital Digimon Bracelet series, a similar type of pedometer watch located in a different franchise. It’s also the 25th anniversary of Tamagotchi’s release, so now is the perfect time for Bandai to launch a maelstrom of toys for collectors and the curious.

The Tamagotchi Smart will be available in Japan begins, although that has never stopped anyone from setting up an international retail account. Delivery is available in the Bandai Namco store. Each Tamagotchi Smart costs around $ 68 when converted from yen, with TamaSma cards retail for about $ 10 each. The official the launch date is Nov. 23, but you will have to participate in a lottery between June 17 and July 2 to purchase the device.

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