Remember Tamagotchi? The egg-shaped virtual pet that had terrible graphics and was impossible to keep alive, but was the hottest toy of 1997? Well, it's coming back and it's just as needy.
Bandai Namco brought Tamagotchi back to life in Japan earlier this year, and the company is relaunching the toy in the U.S. in November in honor of its 20th anniversary (feel old yet?).
When you first turn on your Tamagotchi, one of six chirping pets immediately hatches. Congratulations, you're a parent. You become instantly responsible for all of its general needs (like real parenting). You have to feed it when it's hungry; when it's time to sleep, you need to turn the lights off (i.e. power down); offer comfort when it's sick; and to make things especially real, you have to clean up after it poops.
The new device has a few notable differences from the original. It's about half the size, there's no playing games with your pet, you can mute the chirping, and the icons at the top and bottom have been removed. Other than that, everything looks and acts the same—including the old school graphics and the three little yellow buttons used to control the game.
Tamagotchi comes in six different shells, and all six of the original Tamagotchi pets are back. Just like old times, every time you hatch a new egg, you end up with a random virtual creature as a pet.
They'll be available in stores on November 5th and will retail for $14.99, but you can preorder yours here before they sell out.