Tamagotchi to return to stores for 20th anniversary

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Tamagotchi - the virtual pocket pets that were all the rage in the 1990s - is making a return with toymaker Bandai America announcing its release of a smaller version of the device on Tuesday (Oct 10).

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

This marks the 3rd edition of Tamagotchi's 20th-anniversary re-release, but like the ones before it, it sports the same graphics and faceplates but comes in at half the size.

The new Tamagotchi toys will be smaller than their '90s counterparts, but should otherwise look and act the same to hit all the nostalgic notes you're hoping for. You can choose between six different shell designs featuring six characters that will need your tender love and care like the old days.

Since its initial debut, the company said it's sold over 82 million Tamagotchis globally. Hopefully we're now grown enough to keep them alive?

"For many Generation X kids, the Tamagotchi device can be considered the first and favourite digital pet", says Tess Parsons-Broome, marketing manager for Bandai UK. "It's such an honor to bring back one of the most beloved toys in a way that captures the magic and joy of a generation while embracing the sensibilities of new generations".

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