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Is Bandai America Going to STOP making Tamagotchi?


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:57 PM ( #69 )

If they make a color tamagotchi for other places, they would make a TRILLION sales. One for everyone on earth, AND tamagotchi planet. Make more tamagotchi's!

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:10 PM ( #70 )

If they make a color tamagotchi for other places, they would make a TRILLION sales. One for everyone on earth, AND tamagotchi planet. Make more tamagotchi's!

Are you saying that there are 993 Billion Tamagotchis on the fictional Tamagotchi planet?

@hwd45: I agree, but we still don't know if Tamagotchi (outside of Japan) is going to be "ignored forever". For all we know, Bandai are working on a Tamagotchi, but it's just not in as phase where it's ready for showcasing at the Toy Fair. New Tamagotchi or no, there is still no excuse for why Bandai have been so quiet in updates lately; this isn't just for Tamagotchi, but all of their products. Their last announcement on their blog was in September 2011. I just wish they would either let us know if they have any plans for Tamagotchi in the future or if they're done with the franchise, and put our minds at rest, whatever the answer may be. The fact that we've received no announcements, BBCW Distributors have removed all trace of Tamagotchi from their website and only two waves of Figures were released (despite the fact that 100 were announced to be released), it's not a good sign.

It also doesn't help that you can no longer email Bandai using the contact form; or, at least, I can't. I just lose connection every time I try. So, it seems it will be a while before anyone knows anything kore about Tamagotchi, considering that it is probably not going to appear at the Toy Fair and we can't seem to ask them about what's happening because their website doesn't work properly and is never updated.

Edited by hwd45, 10 February 2012 - 04:32 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:26 PM ( #71 )

Why, yes, there is. in fact, there are 697 trillion tamagotchi's and counting.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:09 PM ( #72 )

It is simple to say, that maybe tamagotchi is running it's course. Yes, it was popular in 97, and Bandai released more versions, because they saw that sales were still high. Every toy runs it's popularity course. People lose interest in the toy and the company sees the sales are going down, so they stop producing. Then different toy companies create different toys that are more high tech and that toy becomes the hottest thing for some time. Look at Furby, those toys were a hit when they were released. They were flying off shelves, then after some time, nobody wanted them, then a different toy came out. All these current toys that are a hit now, will probably run it's popularity course and over time, nobody will want them and a different toy will come out and it will be the same thing over again.

Tamagotchi may still be popular in Japan and different parts of Asia, because Bandai is creating the color tamagotchi and releasing to them only and not the US. In my opinion, Bandai is being a bit selfish. They are keeping us in the dark with the tamagorchi and releasing the color tamagotchi only to Japan and different parts of Asia, and not bring it to the US. I do agree that if the color tamagotchi were to come to the US, then tamagotchi would most likely stay alive. Right now we all want the Tamagotchi + Color, Tamagotchi ID and the Tamagotchi ID L, so we buy them from eBay, and all these different websites that are based overseas in Japan. With that being said, color Tamagotchi's should come to the US.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:16 AM ( #73 )

The Toy Fair begins tomorrow and will run until the 15th. I doubt that Tamagotchi will be present at the fair, but I'm still excited. In fact, they might even announce why Tamagotchi aren't featuring at the fair. It could be good news, but it also could be bad news.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:51 AM ( #74 )

@hwd45: To be perfectly honest, I think it's more than likely that there will be neither good or bad news, but rather no news. :P

In reply to a few comments, Bandai America and Bandai Japan are two separately operated companies, to my knowledge. And all Bandai America can go on is the sales of the Tama-Go. They cannot base their statistics on the few fans in the online community and the fans in Japan as, well, they are in a different region to the intended sales market. As the Tama-Go sales might not have stacked up in comparison to their other lines (Thundercats, Power Rangers, Harumika, etc.), Bandai have obviously put a hold on all things Tamagotchi. That's not to say that they won't do anything with the franchise in the near future, but they want to focus on the things that they KNOW are doing well currently, and not HOPE that a future Tamagotchi will be a success. While its annoying to us, it's perfectly reasonable of Bandai America.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:45 AM ( #75 )

What BanDai needs is the results for a short survery I did in my class at school about what people have against Tamas. Here are the most informative results:

They're old-fashioned (grey screen, large pixels and all)
They're boring (when I described the iD L to them, they changed their mind, but iD L's don't sell in the UK)
They're girly (I must agree with the boy who said that!)
They break easily (well more like, the people who own them break them easily, but I included that one anyway)

I mean, with those four negative views of Tamagotchi, BanDai UK/America could produce a modern, exciting, gender-neutral and durable toy we all want, but their marketing isn't too good. A simple summary of my opinion: BanDai is targeting the completely wrong audience. Here we older kids, teenagers and adults are, paying $100 for iD L's from Japan, and BanDai America is struggling to attract 4-year-old girls who can't understand the Tamas. I mean, it's pathetic I think, making a toy with the design for a 5 year olds then programming it with complex games and slapping an 8+ label on the package! So either a teenager buys it and gets laughed at for the childish design or a 5 year old buys it and gets upset with the complex games and figure price for the TMGO. Neither of these would be happy!

A message to BanDai America: If you want to target young girls, make a design AND features for young girls. If it's teenagers, THE AUDIENCE WHO ARE ALREADY BEGGING FOR TAMAS AND WILL BUY ANYTHING YOU RELEASE, then make design AND features appropriate for teenagers!

It's simple! They could release a Tama-Go Giant SuperPricy Toddler Toy and we would probably buy it for $50 just for the sake of Tamagotchi! Why bother trying to attract new fans when they already have us, begging for new Tamas and making BanDai Japan rich! THEY could get all that money BanDai Japan are making out of us! It is, as someone already said, like handing over a million dollars to BanDai Japan!

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:09 AM ( #76 )

I expect what has happened is that BBCW messed up Bandai's orders (as we saw when only 4 of the 6 'set b' figures were released), so Bandai decided to stop using them and the recent trouble they have been through because of it has caused them to have to put their less popular brands 'on hold'.
Edit: It looks like Tamagotchi is not at the NY Toy Fair 2012 :(

Edited by hwd45, 13 February 2012 - 06:09 AM.


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Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:14 PM ( #77 )

I would like to see the kind of advertising and marketing here in the US that goes on in Japan. What they need are some awesome advertisers, these guys make cheapo garbage trash toys look like gold. With advertisements like that you can't walk down the street without everybody having what they sell. And since Tamagotchi are so extremely great, they should be able to sell fast.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:38 AM ( #78 )

Eh.If they do,just order from BanDai UK.What gives,guys! You'll always have at least one!;)

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:47 AM ( #79 )

Eh.If they do,just order from BanDai UK.What gives,guys! You'll always have at least one!;)

Bandai UK stopped making Tamagotchi nearly 2 years ago.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:37 PM ( #80 )

What BanDai needs is the results for a short survery I did in my class at school about what people have against Tamas. Here are the most informative results:

They're old-fashioned (grey screen, large pixels and all)
They're boring (when I described the iD L to them, they changed their mind, but iD L's don't sell in the UK)
They're girly (I must agree with the boy who said that!)
They break easily (well more like, the people who own them break them easily, but I included that one anyway)

I mean, with those four negative views of Tamagotchi, BanDai UK/America could produce a modern, exciting, gender-neutral and durable toy we all want, but their marketing isn't too good. A simple summary of my opinion: BanDai is targeting the completely wrong audience. Here we older kids, teenagers and adults are, paying $100 for iD L's from Japan, and BanDai America is struggling to attract 4-year-old girls who can't understand the Tamas. I mean, it's pathetic I think, making a toy with the design for a 5 year olds then programming it with complex games and slapping an 8+ label on the package! So either a teenager buys it and gets laughed at for the childish design or a 5 year old buys it and gets upset with the complex games and figure price for the TMGO. Neither of these would be happy!

A message to BanDai America: If you want to target young girls, make a design AND features for young girls. If it's teenagers, THE AUDIENCE WHO ARE ALREADY BEGGING FOR TAMAS AND WILL BUY ANYTHING YOU RELEASE, then make design AND features appropriate for teenagers!

It's simple! They could release a Tama-Go Giant SuperPricy Toddler Toy and we would probably buy it for $50 just for the sake of Tamagotchi! Why bother trying to attract new fans when they already have us, begging for new Tamas and making BanDai Japan rich! THEY could get all that money BanDai Japan are making out of us! It is, as someone already said, like handing over a million dollars to BanDai Japan!

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i totally agree with you. i am so surprised that i still have interest in them (after all these years) and i would do anything for BanDai UK/America to keep making new ones! just the thought of it excites the little kid in me xD i think teens like them because it reminds us of a simpler time, and we can always relive it when we start one up.. or at least that's what i like about them. but if BanDai UK/America all of a sudden say that they want to release a new one... i don't know what i would do with myself.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:56 PM ( #81 )

i must say i have totally given up on hope that there will be a new english tamagotchi. At least not any time soon. I really liked the tama-go and wish it could have some how revived tamas in america but it seems it didn't help. :(
for the longest time i told myself i wasn't going to buy a japanese +color or id/ id l because it was in japanese and i wanted to know what everything said on it and so i kept telling myself they would release one in english but i just don't see it happening. So for now i will suck it up and learn the japanese ones and just be glad tamagotchis are still popular some where and i can still easily get them online.

I totally agree with what some people said about releasing the id l or any of the color tamas in the USA. I feel it would definitely be a good seller. With all the technology these days kids/teens/adults really wouldn't be that interested in a small black and white screen, but a color tamagotchi would likely be a hit.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:46 PM ( #82 )

Well, I have nothing against people who love older Tamas, but I think they should go for something more modern that would also appeal to younger kids, such as me or my younger brother. After all, imagine my brother - the age when he's into Lego and football - looking at a shelf of toys, deciding how to spend his pocket money. He sees a huge Lego set, some rugby balls, a new set of action figures - and a small yellow toy with a black-and-white screen. He is unlikely to buy the Tamagotchi - a P2, to be exact, one of the Tamas popular with older fans.

All of us will grow up eventually, and give up Tamas at some point - and that's fine for us - but it's not fine for BanDai. It would be like selling Xbox Kinect in 2030 - vintage Tamas nowadays. needs to keep up with modern technology and get some new features in. No, not more expensive figurines, but computer games, more movies in English, and my best ideas for Tamas are a hot-and-cold detector (so your Tama could join in with your weather outside) and a personal messaging system - new things modern technology brings us. A fact - modern kids would rather have an iPhone over a black-and-white electronic easter egg and a few figures with extra games. BanDai doesn't see that fact. And that's why they're failing with Tamagotchi.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:20 PM ( #83 )

I think BANDI AMERICA should make a color tam a that doesn't cost $100 dollars because i don't know if i can afford an iD L but i want a color tam a, also its in japanese which i don't speak so it would be really cool if they did plus a lot of people want them to!

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:43 PM ( #84 )

while reading the it made me smile topic on tamazone I saw this

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the show 2 boke girls they show tamagotchis as cupcake toppers so I guess tamagotchis arnt dead YET Posted Image!


Credit for tamagotchi_freak_06 on tamazon for finding this out and taking a pic of it Posted Image!

In the Big Bang Theory episode "The Weekend Vortex", they referenced Tamagotchi too, another reason Tamagotchi will never die.
On the subject bout why BanDai is stopping, I think they are probably taking a break, and it will come back a few years later. Take My Little Pony, Popples, Furby, the older Tamagotchis, etc. They took breaks and came back years later!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:43 PM ( #85 )

it could potentially be revived as a phone app.
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