Image:  Tamagotchi set to make a comeback.
Image: Tamagotchi set to make a comeback.

CAPE TOWN - Bandai, a Japanese toy maker company is releasing a mini version of Tamagotchi to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The Tamagotchi , the digital pocket pet from the 90's is set to make a comeback officially on 5 November, but they’re available for pre-order on Amazon. They were originally re-released in Japan back in April, but they’re rolling out to the US ($15) and the UK (£9.99) soon. 

If you happen to be in one of those countries, you can expect to pay around R300 for the virtual pet. The newly released model is slightly smaller size, but the re-released Tamagatchi stays true to the original, with its monochromatic display and six original Tamagotchi characters, according to The Telegraph.'

This would make it slightly easier to carry around, However it will limits the size of the screen, which has dropped from 32 x 16 pixels to 16 x 16 pixels.

Otherwise, it's much the same.  You have to feed your digital pet, care for it and clean up after it. If you don't, it will die. The bad news is, There’s no official word on how to get these devices in SA other than through Amazon or paying customs.

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE