New version of the Tamagotchi launched on 20th anniversary

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Nineties kids, rejoice! The makers of Tamagotchi announced on Tuesday that the popular pocket pet will be making its return.

Bandai America is bringing Tamagotchi back to the United States this November, and you can preorder a digital toy pet starting Tuesday for $15 at various North American retailers.

The 20th anniversary Tamagotchi Virtual Pet will start shipping and be available in stores from November 5th, 2017 onwards, but unfortunately rather than enhancements the latest version has fewer features than its predecessor.

Yes, the new Tamagotchi looks very much like the original, including the device's egg shape, with six different designs pulled from the original Japanese launch.

Bandai is hoping to appeal to the now-adults who played with these devices as children, and so it will release the new special mini models in packaging that has the original device's design. Forget them in your locker, and the Tamagotchi toys would beep out reminders and the pets would possibly suffer a digital death if you neglected them for too long.

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The mini Tamagotchi, available for pre-orders now, goes on sale November 5 for $14.99 each.

"For many Generation X kids, the Tamagotchi device can be considered America's first and favourite digital pet", said marketing director for Bandai America Tara Badie.

As of 2010 more than 76 million Tamagotchis had been sold worldwide.

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