When Tamagotchi were first released in Japan in 1996, they caused a nationwide sensation. They were groundbreaking digital pets and went on to spawn a number of video games. Tamagotchi was so popular that there was an anime series and even an animated movie with the clever title, Tamagotchi: The Movie.

Earlier generations of Tamagotchi characters were prone to die in a few days if they didn’t get the care they need. Because the digital pets were not strapped to your arm like the upcoming iteration, checking back in on your character could always be interesting—or sad—depending on for how long you’ve left it alone.

The new version feels more like an egg-shaped smartwatch for kids. However, considering how Digimon also got a bracelet device, a wearable Tamagotchi seemed inevitable.


Tamagotchi Smart will be released this November in Japan. No word yet on an international release.