For other uses, see Tamagotchi (disambiguation)
The Tamagotchi (たまごっち) is a handheld digital pet created in 1996 by Aki Maita and sold by Bandai. The Tamagotchi is housed in a small and simple egg-shaped computer. Three buttons (A, B, and C) allow the user to select and perform an activity, including:
- Feeding the Tamagotchi a piece of food or a snack.
- Playing a game with the Tamagotchi.
- Cleaning up a Tamagotchi's mess
- Checking its age, discipline, hunger and happiness levels.
Origin of nameEdit
The name "Tamagotchi" officially comes from the words "tamago", which means "egg", and the English word "watch"
A common but incorrect theory is that "tamago", and "tomodachi", which means "friend", or a combination of "tamago" and "chi" which means "cute" or "lovable".
Other Tamagotchi gamesEdit
The first Tamagotchi game for the Nintendo Game Boy portable game system was released simultaneously in both Japan and the United States. Tamagotchi ('Game de Hakken!! Tamagotchi' in Japan) corresponds to the first two generations of the original Tamagotchi digital pets, with similar gameplay.
The second game ('Game de Hakken!! Tamagotchi v2', released only in Japan) features characters from the Mori and Umi (Forest and Ocean) Tamagotchi.
The third game ('Game de Hakken!! Tamagotchi Osucchi to Mesucchi', released only in Japan) is based on Osutchi and Mesutchi, featuring a unique cartridge with a user-replaceable battery and independent piezo buzzer that alerts players to turn on their Game Boy system and care for their digital pet.
Main article: 64 de Hakken! Tamagotchi Minna de Tamagotchi World
Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop ('Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisechi' in Japan) is a simulator game in which the player has to work in many different shops to earn Gotchi Points. 'Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop' was the first Tamagotchi-based game to focus not on caring for a virtual pet; rather, the player's Tamagotchi partner works in the various shops, performing mini-games to help customers. There is no option to care for the Tamagotchi as a digital pet. The goal of the game is to make the various shops 'royal' by having Princess Tamako visit them.
Its sequel, Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2 ('Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi Gohi-kini' in Japan), contains different or upgraded shops and over 100 types of Tamagotchi to interact with. Players again partner up with their Tamagotchi to cater to customers' needs rather than focusing solely upon caring for a Tamagotchi and helping it grow. In this game, 'Gotchi points' may be earned to feed and clothe the Tamagotchi, and to buy decorations for its home, and as more points are collected, new stores may be unlocked.
The series spawned another sequel, entitled Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 3. It was released in Japan as "Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisetchi Mina San Kyu", and had its U.S. release on June 17, 2008.
Tamagotchi: Party On! is the first Tamagotchi game for the Wii console. Originally a launch title in Japan under the name Tamagotchi's Sparking President, it was released in America and Canada on May 29, 2007. Unlike previous Tamagotchi video games, Tamagotchi: Party On! is more related to the Mario Party series of games - in it, the player must race around a board, playing mini-games in order to become the next Tamagotchi President.
Tamagotchi: Dance Fever!, the second Tamagotchi game for Wii is not yet released in America, Europe or Canada yet. However, it was released in Japan around November 2007.
Main Article: List of Tamagotchi Characters
In the P1 and the P2 (first Tamagotchi released), there were only eleven characters, with Bill as a special character. More characters have been added since. When the Tamagotchi Connection systems were introduced, they revolutionized the Tamagotchi brand. The characters in the V1 have included many favorites, such as Mimitchi and Mametchi. Some of the names of the Tamagotchi include:
- Mametchi: Very kind,intelligent and polite. Every fan wants to have this cute character.
- Kuchipatchi: Very lovable and romantic. He loves to eat. He always ends his sentences with "tchi".
- Kuromametchi: He looks like Mametchi,but is different. He also helps the elderly.
- Gozarutchi:He wants to be a ninja. He often throws shuriken for practice. He likes to sleep.
- Androtchi: A robot with human like feelings.
- Young Mametchi: He idolizes Mametchi.
- Gotchi King: The king of Tamagotchi town. He looks like an egg. Some people say that if he laughs, he will crack into a million pieces.
- Memetchi: She is very kind.She has a curly hair on top of her head.
- Makiko: Memetchi's rival. They are very competitive.
- Mimitchi: The smartest Tamagotchi. Very cute and polite, and also kind.
- Ichigotchi: A strawberry Tamagotchi. She doesn't like it when people count her seeds.
- Chamametchi: Mametchi's little sister. She always wants to help her big brother.
- Violetchi: The most kind of all Tamagotchi. Her hobby is gardening.
- Maidtchi: She likes to put everything nice and tidy.
- Masktchi: A Tamagotchi that hides it's face behind a mask, It seems to be a girl counterpart of Gozarutchi
- Gotchi Queen: The queen of Tamagotchi town.
Main Article: Tamagotchi: Dokidoki! Uchuu no Maigotchi!?
On the 1st June 2007, it was announced by Reuters that an animated Tamagotchi film that was to be released in December 2007. The film is about several Tamagotchi who make friends with a human girl named Tanpopo. The movie was released on December 15, 2007, and was distributed by Toho. 
The largest Tamagotchi controversy arose due to children taking them to school because Tamagotchi can pass away due to a lack of care for just 1 day. Schools have banned the product due to classroom disruptions from bleeping and also ownership disputes. To solve this problem, Bandai have introduced a feature to turn the sound off and also pause mode (replaced by travel show in Familitchi).
- Official Japanese Tamagotchi Site
- Official European Tamagotchi Site
- Official USA Tamagotchi Site
- Tamatalk, a Tamagotchi fan forum
- Pixelmood, a Tamagotchi fan site
- Tamenagerie, another Tamagotchi fan site
- Tamazone, another Tamagotchi fan forum
- Tamagotchi Square, A fan site containing translated instructions of Japanese releases.