TamaGo was so very unappealing to me. Worst offenders were its bulky size and additional purchases to "unlock" features.
The downhill slide with Tamagotchis didn't start there. In my opinion, Connections became more convoluted as the line went on. Simple virtual pet fun was out and the most tacked-on features they could think of were in!
They also really began to muddle with the "virtual pet" theme mostly with the Music Star. (While I wasn't thrilled by that particular concept, I am not going to revile it since I've never owned one. It might've been decent, afterall.)
It was almost as if each new version was an experimental upgrade instead of an improvement.
Tamatown was a cute idea at first, but is now just a frustration. Those items that can only be obtained through Tamatown are essentially forever unobtainable if Bandai ever permanently removes the Tamatown servers (or goes out of business. Either way, you can't expect them to keep up the website of an old product forever). That's no fun, and "visit Tamatown" just sadly becomes a useless option on the toy itself.
Speaking of things being unobtainable... TamaGo has the figurines to unlock games. Want the full enjoyment out of your TamaGo? You have to go out and buy extras! Don't lose any, they might be difficult to replace years later.
Those kinds of problems don't happen with self-contained devices such as the vintage Tamagotchis. The gameplay is just as accessible nowadays as it was way back when the toy was brand new. No extra websites or add-ons to worry about.
If they ever decide to re-release their vintage lines, I'll be there waiting with money.
The re-releases have to have the same basic gameplay as the originals, though, or it's a potential dealbreaker.
No new weird stuff like "Angelgotchi Pop Star", or have Digimon/Santaclautchi/Mothra go to school. XD
Edited by MintyDreams7, 26 January 2012 - 06:01 AM.