Tamagotchi 20th Anniversary Edition Review (Bandai)

Tamagotchi 20th Anniversary Edition
What It Is

This is the 20th anniversary limited-edition release of the Tamagotchi from Bandai. This new version of the electronic pet toy from the 90s is about 60 percent smaller in size than the original with a screen that is 40 percent smaller. The tech in this toy is pretty much the same as the original: low-backlighting with an 8-bit grayscale stylization to the Tamagotchi characters, and the basic three-button navigation controls along the bottom. 

The Tamagotchi will alert you when it needs to be fed a meal or an energy snack, or you've got to get out the pooper scooper aka press the A button to slide the screen for clean-up. As long as you keep your Tamagotchi happy, it will evolve. But if you forget to take care of your Tamagotchi, it can get sick. Press the A button repeatedly to help cure your Tamagotchi. If things get real bad though, your Tamagotchi can die. When this happens, you'll need to reset the device to start play again.

Is It Fun?

For fans of the original, nostalgic for everything that the original offered, this is a great way to feel transported straight back to your childhood. For today's kids, however, this is going to be one of those toys they've got to have but the actual repeat play value on it is going to be short-lived. Much like our own experiences interacting with the Tamagotchi this time around, you immediately feel that nurturing instinct come into play but it doesn't last. How long you'll actually want to take care of it will probably last a few days before your attention is directed toward other things. It's kind of like when you install a new app to your smartphone or tablet and it asks you would you like to receive alerts. At first you probably say heck yeah! But after a while you're notifications start to accumulate and maybe you cancel some or keep swiping left to remove them from your screen. And, then it's RIP Tamagotchi.

Who It’s For

The 20th Anniversary Edition Tamagotchi is for ages 8 and up from Bandai. It will appeal to kids that like digital pet play as well as older millennials that grew up in the dawn of the original toy.

What To Be Aware Of

It's available in multiple color options and features different character evolutions including one surprise one. 

In order to reset your Tamagotchi, you'll need to use a pencil tip or a pin to hit the reset button on the back of the toy.

This Tamagotchi runs on one button cell battery, which is included. To change out the battery, you'll need a small screwdriver.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    1 cell battery required