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Released in the late 90's, Tamagotchis were little digital pets on a keychain that needed your undivided attention. You could care for them by the touch of a button. Many schools banned them because they were distracting. Some children would get too into the toy and cry if their Tamagotchi died. Almost immediately after Tamagotchi's were released,imitations were all over the market.
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a - July 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I had quite a few of these. everyone i know had one of these. they sold out almost as soon as they hit shops each time. they were awesome but i never knew anyone cry over t, get upset maybe, but never cry. if kids were crying over it, they were too young to be playing it, the ones i had had an age limit of 8 plus
Andrea - July 11, 2007 - Report this comment
i think they tried to make a poor attempt at a come-back a while ago, i got really excited and then i rememberd all the times i had to reset the damn things with the always too small little reset button because the would always die on me
Cameron - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
i through mine away beacuse it was to much to handle you had to be on it like 24 hours a day 7 days a week and mine always died. theres a tamigotchi cemetary in japan ....
Matt - August 05, 2007 - Report this comment
These were the hallmark of the late 90's I had them attached to my backpack and my guys would always seem to die. I was in K-Mart and I saw one! They brought'em back! Now that I'm more mature 10yrs later, they look kinda stupid lol
kalee - August 31, 2007 - Report this comment
i liked my tomagotchi it was a cute little bunny but he died cause i forgot to feed him
ginga pet - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I had one of the imitations because the tamagotchi was sold out every where. I ended up with a ginga pet. I liked it, til it got really annoying.
jerflk - December 14, 2007 - Report this comment
i loved mines so much!! i made mom take that thing to work and everything so it wouldn't die. she was workin at jewel osco, so she's all like workin the check out counter and then she's like oh hold on to your freakin preferred card i have to scoop poop for this little virtual bastard!
child of the 90's - January 26, 2008 - Report this comment
mine died in a few days lol
Olusia - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
These were kool but then they kinda lost their magical touch
Tevin - April 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the mcdonalds ones when i was in the first grade in 2006 i started to collect the real ones i had a v3,v2,3Xv4 1 v4.5 and now ihave a v5.
hi - June 11, 2008 - Report this comment
i love them there so kool
ho babe - June 11, 2008 - Report this comment
hi love u
sam - September 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one!!! I had a Little Mermaid One that was purple. I Was sad this one time, because I thought my Tamagotchi Died And The next morning... I was really happy, because My mom told me they had babies.
Matthew F - December 17, 2008 - Report this comment
These things seemed so space-age and awesome back then. Ironically I just found mine about a week ago, so I'm determined to get some new batteries in it! The new ones are "cooler" I guess, but back then they just seemed so much more amazing since technology wasn't that far yet.
Virginie - February 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I have 4 tamagotchis left from my youth. I bought them 10 years ago. I have also a new tamagotchi, but I really find the new ones horrible. They're all the same shape, they don't have the originality they had in the 90's anymore. I remember how great it was to have one, because 10 years ago .. heh .. we didn't have all the technology we have now. Besides, they were really cheap ! The one we can find in the stores now really cost much (at least in France, they do.) I prefer the old ones.
5kilo - March 17, 2009 - Report this comment
they used to be awesome but now they suck @$$
Aj - April 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have all of mine. Which is like, 25. Keep them all in a huge zip lock bag. When my school still allowed them I had like 9 of them attached to my backpack and a teacher at school brought this huge tangled MASS of virtual pets into the class room and demanded to know who they belonged to because they were ALL making noise.
Toni - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
they are so cool
Terri - May 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a Little Mermaid one too, mine was yellow. I got it for Christmas AFTER they had been out and then banded from school. I was in 7th grade when they came out, several years after that i bought a NanoBaby and it was cooler than the Mermaid but kept dying, idk what happened to either one, musta lost them while moving
someone - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
i had one in 3rd grade but i lost it and im in 7th grade now i dont care too much for them now lol i have real pets anyway to take care of
Flowerchild - July 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I remeber the first day I got one and I had many after
kelly - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
i was in kindergarten when these were popular...i had like 5 of them and they always died on me i had to get my mom to put a pen in the stupid tiny reset button
Sweet - September 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I forgot about these. I'm going to see if I can buy one online and hang it on my schoolbag to represent the 90s. That along with teenie beanie babies and anything else I can come across from the 90s
tom - November 16, 2009 - Report this comment
i would keep setting the time on it to 1159 pm and make it grow like five days in five minutes. i had the dinosaur and frog and dog gigapets
Laura - November 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Now that I stay home a lot, I can keep my Little Mermaid Tamagotchi alive. It is a pain in the butt when I go somewhere and need to pause him because that throws off his sleep schedule and he wakes up at 3 in the morning. Other then that, pretty cool. Don't judge me for having one.
sarah - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I got mine a few days ago (like 3) but so far it's not annoying. I just turn off the sound and feed it 3 times a day. I have v4.5 and it's already a teenager. and how do you get a princess or mermaid tamagotchi?
to sarah from Laura - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
you have to buy a tamagotchi that specifically has the little mermaid. It only has a fish or a crab. I don't know about yours, but i can pause mine when i'm busy or i get bored of it.
Diana - January 15, 2010 - Report this comment
OMg I use to have one of theses. I had to take care of it. but mine died. cause I was in school and they weren't allowed to bring them to school. they got banned./ I had a hamster. i wish they'd come back.
cerys - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
i found my old tamagotchi the other week, and now i have 2 because my friend found his old one and now they have a baby. do any of you still have you're old tamagotchis?
anonymous - February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG those were sooo cool haha !
Emilie - April 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Isn't there anywere you can buy these? The old version.
Jan Griffiths - July 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I am a Tamagotchi collector. I have nearly all versions since they came out in 1996. All old Tamagotchis are out of the stores now, but can be had on sites such as Ebay. The older ones can get a little pricey. Japanese ones are the best, however, and you don't have to understand Japanese, if you are familiar with Tamas at all. The cutest one is the Mini. It is only two-thirds the size of an original Tamagotchi, and it is very easy to take care of. There are now Tamagotchis with a color screen, but are made in Japanese language only. They are not for sale anywhere else besides Japan, but can be bought from Ebay.
Jan Griffiths - July 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm a collector, and you can buy Tamagotchis both old and new on Ebay. Prices are pretty reasonable, but be careful buying out of the USA. I've been lucky so far and never had a problem. I buy a lot of Japanese versions that aren't available anywhere else.
Cammy - August 11, 2010 - Report this comment
i love mermaids. that's all i have t say. :)
Kevdo - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
It's so funny because when I got one of these, I was in 6th grade and they sold them in our school store. The ones they had there were only imitations though, called "Virtual Pets 49 in 1" I bought mine for 5 bucks because everyone had one back then. These imitations are still around, if you look closely enough, haha.
Wonderland:) - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
when i was 5 i had one but it got annoying so i tried to sell it but im glad i didnt do it though!!!!
Jan Griffiths - May 12, 2012 - Report this comment
The most expensive Tamas to date were made in 97 or 98 and one is a Christmas themed one called a Santaclautch, It was available only in Japan, but I got lucky and found one in a Goodwill store. The other is called Devilgotch, also Japanese only. I'm still looking for a good deal on one. The Japanese Tamas are much better in my opinion.
mimitchi33 - July 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a bunch of these growing up, along with stuff like Tamagotchi plush dolls and Tamagotchi lanyards. But there was one product of Tamagotchi that not only was a Japanese import, but made my parents ban magical girl lockets and wands from our house! It was the Melody Charm. It plays 6 different songs, out of those 3 were from the Tamagotchi anime series. Well, I was trying to switch the song on it, and then my mom comes in and says "What lovely baby music you're playing!", because it played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I was really embarrassed by this, since I had Furbies that sang that song, and she never got mad over that! To think that I could have brought a Cure Module from Suite Pretty Cure for the same price makes me sick. Had I not brought the Melody Charm, I might have been able to buy more magical girl items. Plus, the seller did not warn us beforehand that it played that. I still like it anyways.
Liz - August 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a few of these U had to keep taking care of it. and than when I was sleeping or school or homework. I had to put it to sleep
Reeney - October 06, 2012 - Report this comment
The only way I ever got one of these was finding one at a public park! My mom never bought me one and all of my friends had it. So when I finally found one, you can imagine how ecstatic I was and how out dated they were by that time, but I was so happy to have one. I think it was Tweety Bird. lol
Acerbic - May 29, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember these. Everyone had one and, being a child, I whined about for weeks until I got one, too. I was so excited for a good three days until I realized how demanding they were, especially considering that they didn't do much but eat and die. Still, looking back now as an adult, it's a funny memento from days gone by.
anon - January 02, 2014 - Report this comment
omg i have these, i had the first one through to the 5th. I'm 16 and going down memory lane by using them again ! its sort of funny how i have them in my handbag, better to have fun i guess haha.
Kayla - March 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I got my first one ony m 5th birthday the battery died out quickly so i used it as a keychain
Kayla - April 03, 2014 - Report this comment
I had couple of these but I always killed them,
Jan Griffiths - August 01, 2014 - Report this comment
To revive a "dead" Tama, just press the A and C buttons at the same time. That will give you a new egg, and you can start over. Batteries are changeable, so there is never a reason to discard it if the batteries die. As stated above, I collect Tamas, and have almost all versions from 1996-2014. The color versions(color+, iD, iDL, idL English, and the Ps) are superb.There is also a tama with red pixels, one with blue, and a Tamagotchi School too. So many improvements since they were first introduced in the 90s.
nisha - December 11, 2014 - Report this comment
hi guys, i am 24 and ive got two tamagotchi's. yesterday i activated my one, now i am sitting at work and i have to look after this baby as well. everytime he sleeps i can do some work...
Alex - December 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Tamagotchis were pretty cool :)
maddie - September 01, 2016 - Report this comment
childhood memory :)
Ella - August 12, 2017 - Report this comment
I had a few of theses in grade school.

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