When Tamagotchi made its global debut way back 1997, the egg-shaped device came with a pixelated monochrome screen that kids at that time considered high tech. Today, the nostalgic toy doesn’t only come with a color screen, but more so, a camera that can take selfies with your digital pet.
Dubbed “Tamagotchi Pix,” it is the first in the toy’s history to have an AR-powered built-in camera that lets you take selfies and place them side-by-side with your digital pet. You can also use the camera for your pets to meet new friends or for you to take photos of other real-world items you can integrate into their activities.
The Tamagotchi Pix is still shaped like an egg, but this version comes with a top that depicts a cracked egg that works as the shutter. In addition, you no longer have to press real buttons but mere touchscreen controls to raise your virtual pets.
According to a report by Wired, Bandai America Director for Marketing Tara Badie said that the company has launched several generations of Tamagotchis over the years. In 2013, Bandai recreated Tamagotchi as an Android app, which mirrored the experience of raising a Tamagotchi on a smartphone.
The Tamagotchi Pix comes in four colors—pink, purple, blue, and green. It is available for pre-order on Amazon for $60 or P2,884 plus the shipping fee to the Philippines that’s around P740. The item will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2021.