|Posted on June 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM|
Sad news for Tamagotchi fans. Bandai America is totally giving up on Tamagotchi. They have shut down all features of the Tamagotchi website, and have even removed all main links to the Tamagotchi website on the Bandai America homepage.
Even with this sad news, Tamagotchi is not completely dead. Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. has released a mobile version of the original Tamagotchi toy (v1). Many people have tried the app, but still prefer the actual Tamagotchi to the mobile version.
Bandai America is also coming up with a new toy: the TechPet. A TechPet is a virtual dog that incorporates the use of an Apple mobile device (iPhone, iPod). The device would be placed in a case that would substutite for the head of the TechPet. The TechPet would move and react to whatever the user did on the screen. More information can be found at the official website.
Many Tamagotchi fans were upset, and even outraged, that Bandai would simply throw away Tamagotchi, and bring out something completely different like the TechPet. Some were even upset at the fact that the TechPet would be useless to those who do not own an iPhone or iPod.
Most of the fans are now turning to the ever-successful Japanese franchise of Tamagotchi. Will Bandai America ever bring back the Tamagotchi we know and love?