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The Tamagotchi Connection (later known as Version 1, かえってきた!たまごっちプラス Kaettekita! Tamagotchi Purasu in Japan, and Tamagotchi Connexion in Europe) was the first modern release of the Tamagotchi virtual pet, released in Japan on March 20, 2004. It was later released in North America on August 15, 2004. Like its ancestors, it utilizes a black-and-white LCD screen over a printed background.
The Tamagotchi Connection Version 1 was the first Tamagotchi release to use Tamacom, the Infrared function where two Tamagotchi pets can connect, thus allowing them to play games, exchange presents, and give birth to offspring. It features characters from the Tamagotchi P1 in 1996, and the Mesutchi and Osutchi, as well as several new characters.
Unlike its ancestors, the Tamagotchi Connection Version 1 had 10 icons, rather than 8. Although all 8 of the original functions were included, two newer ones were added; Communication (fifth icon, shapped like a heart with radio waves) and Friends List (ninth icon, shaped like an open book). This Tamagotchi is also the first one where you are able to name your pet, and enter your birthday. The screen was also enlarged; instead of the traditional 32x16 pixel screen, it utilizes a 32x30 pixel screen.
The scale, or stats icon was changed to a different layout than the older Tamagotchis. The first screen shows both the hungry and happy hearts. The second one shows the Tamagotchi's training meter. The third screen shows its age, weight, and name. The fourth and final one shows the gender and generation of your Tamagotchi.
The Tamagotchi Connection Version 1 was the first release to have multiple games.
- Dance: This game is played with all three buttons to make the character copy dance steps. Pressing A makes the character move to the left, C makes it move to the right, and B makes it jump.
- Jump: This game is played with the middle button (B). Pressing it at the right time will make the character jump over the hurdles. The more hurdles jumped successfully, the faster the character runs towards them. There are 30 hurdles to jump in order to win the game.
While the Tamagotchi still poops as before, the user can now catch the Tamagotchi just before it does so and, using the toilet icon, have them use a toilet instead of making a mess on the floor. This function is not available for the baby and senior stages, as well as Oyajitchi.
Expanding on the Discipline function from the original Tamagotchi pets, training allows the user to both discipline and praise the Tamagotchi. Discipline is used if the Tamagotchi calls for attention when its hearts aren't completely empty or if it refuses medicine or food when it needs it, while praise is used if the Tamagotchi is sulking or crying. Rather than increasing 25% each turn, there are now nine bars with one being added for each answered call for discipline or praise.
The Tamagotchi Connection Version 1 was the first virtual pet to introduce Tamacom, the infrared communication between two virtual pets. The Tamagotchi Connection introduces three functions.
- Games - The two connecting virtual pets play competitive games with each other. The users do not interact with either game.
- Food Competition - The two pets compete to see who can eat the most food without passing out. The Japanese release shows them competing with bowls of rice while the International release show them eating bread.
- Balloon Competition - The two pets compete to see who can pop a balloon faster. Both sit on a pump and jump on top, causing a balloon to inflate. The first Tamagotchi to pop their balloon wins.
- Sharing Gifts - One Tamagotchi visits the other and gives a gift. The present may be an item that can be used (such as a ball or roller skates), a static connecting item that makes the character happy (such as a flower or cake) or a bad item that upsets the Tamagotchi (such as poo).
- Love - When two Tamagotchis of different genders connect as adults they may fall in love and produce offspring. Both Tamagotchis receive a baby and both babies will be the same gender.
A new icon is introduced in the image of an open book, known as the Friend List. Here, the user may look through other Tamagotchis they have connected with and examine their genders and friendship levels. The user also may select an item received from the connection session and let their Tamagotchi play with it.
By connecting and befriending another Tamagotchi, the user can acquire special items for their Tamagotchi to play with. Each adult character has their own unique set of items while all of the baby, child and teen characters share the ball item. Items are not carried over between generations or if the Tamagotchi dies.
- While the English release of the Connection was nearly identical to the Plus, a few differences are present.
- Both the Plus and Connection can connect with every English toy up to the Version 4.5, but the Plus can also connect with the Keitai Kaitsuu Tamagotchi Plus and Akai, whereas the Connection cannot.
- On the Plus, one of the things you can recieve as a gift from another Tamagotchi is an Obaketchi, which does nothing. This is replaced with a jack-in-a-box that has the same purpose on the Connection
- Child and teen characters eat a bowl of rice as a meal on the Plus, while they eat a roll of bread on the Connection. Ojitchi, Otokitchi and Oyajitchi all drink sake as their snack on the Plus, while on the Connection, they drink a cup of coffee.
- The death screen on the Plus features Obaketchi floating next to a tombstone whereas on the Connection there is a large disembodied angel.
- The Plus is the first Japanese Tamagotchi released in or after 2004 to not feature the Death God.