The Tamagotchi is back, but this time the ’90s icon comes with a camera. Bandai America, its parent company, is launching the new Tamagotchi Pix. The core remains the same: an egg shape, three buttons, with the goal of raising a virtual pet. It goes through different life stages, such as hatching from an egg and demands attention, like asking to be fed or played with. It dies a few days later.
But those familiar with the original toy will see it has been updated for 2021. Instead of a pixelated black and white screen, the Pix screen is in full color. And there’s a built-in camera that lets you take pictures with your virtual pet.
To feed your Tamagotchi, you can cook for it or have food delivered. You can also nurture the pet by painting or cooking with it using the camera to snap pictures for your pet.
There’s also an explore mode, where other Tamagotchi friends will pop up to do activities with your virtual pet.
You can schedule “playdates,” and connect with a friend’s device through a Tama Code. But, like the original version, there’s no WiFi connection required to connect to your Tamagotchi.