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Tamagotchi is back

April 11, 2017.

Bandai Tamagotchi.

Bandai Tamagotchi. © iStock/Getty.

Japanese toy maker Bandai has re-released the first edition of the electronic pocket pet, complete with the original six characters. Bandai’s also stayed faithful to the six hardware designs it first released, though there is one noticeable difference—the new Tamagotchi is half the size of the original. The original Tamagotchis, which were launched in 1996 in Japan, quickly gained a cult-like following, and were released in the U.S. and Europe in 1997. The new Tamagotchi sells for 18.5 CAD (1,500 JPY) but is only available for now in stores in Japan and also on Amazon Japan.

Mashable, “Stop what you’re doing, the original Tamagotchi is back.”