Like the school project eggs and crying baby dolls that came before them, Tamagotchis taught '90s kids real responsibility. The handheld digital pets were needy little pixels that demanded constant attention, food, and cleanings. Armed with just three buttons, Tamagotchi owners had to take care of their creatures by raising them from eggs and keeping them alive.
Now today's youth can also attempt to parent digital pets: According to The Telegraph, the beloved gadgets are making a comeback. After both Furby and Trolls made their own triumphant returns, it only makes sense to see other classic toys try to court a new generation of kids. Bandai is re-releasing their original line-up of Tamagotchis featuring the 1996 characters some of us grew up with. The newly designed eggs are currently on sale on Amazon Japan for around ￥2000 (about $18).
Despite the simple nature of the toy, the plastic devices were a huge hit, with over 76 million being sold around the world. Since the success of the handheld games, the franchise has expanded into other realms like video games and board games. This latest venture is a return to form, embracing the old characters and repackaging them in a new, smaller device.