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Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:35 AM ( #161 )

Just going to throw in my two cents. Or three cents. Or whatever that means. Basically, this reply is going to be a rebuttal to some of the things posted in this thread.

I'm not at all liking the sound of this. I'm sure some of you have read my posts on Tama-Zone, and I'm sure some of you haven't. Basically, I don't believe that Bandai are moving in the right direction. At all. In saying that, I believe the way that some people are acting (both on TamaTalk and Tama-Zone, and on YouTube as well), is pretty unorthodox. Some people are even swearing at Bandai about their decision to launch this new Lifestyle product line. I can understand your feelings, and as I'm not a fan of what's being released myself, I can relate, but I think some people just need to take it with a grain of salt and keep in mind that they are using a public resource, and such offensive language is not only inappropriate, but a complete overreaction to what has happened. Regardless of what they are going, Bandai are making an effort, and that should be given some consideration.

Now, onto my second point. Just because we're Tamagotchi fans does not mean that we have to like this. I consider myself a Tamagotchi fan, and I don't like this new line at all. On the flipside, if you do like the new line, that doesn't mean that you aren't a "true" Tamagotchi fan. There is no such thing as a "true" Tamagotchi fan; sure, some people may like it than others, but a fan is a fan, and everyone has their own opinions.

Thirdly, and in my opinion the thing that I would like to address the most, the app. Please, everyone, keep in mind that the only information that we've received on this is that an app might be coming out. We don't even know if it will be a virtual pet raising app; it might be something directly related to the Lifestyle brand, such as an e-store or a news feed. Another thing is that people are saying that this is a "smart move" and it's practical. I understand that apps are a cheap, modern way to do this, but it's not a practical way to promote the Tamagotchi brand at all. First of all, to access the app, you need a smartphone. And for those that are lucky enough to already have these, not everyone has a smartphone (myself included). I personally would rather pay $60 for a physical Tamagotchi toy rather than pay $200+ for a smartphone and then however much the app costs just to get a Tamagotchi-like game. As a member on Tama-Zone said, the Japanese word "Tamago" means egg. A smartphone app is not the Virtual Pet egg that we've all grown to love.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:35 AM ( #162 )

Well, I am a big fan of Tamagotchi and that is precisely WHY I hate this awful thing they've done - it's NOT Tamagotchi! It's a completely different thing, aimed at a completely different audience. Not everyone cares about clothes and make-up. Excited? The only thing I'm excited about is for Barry Stagg to get punched in the face by all the Tamagotchi fans.


Reel it in....

They are aiming it the original fans. Bring them in, bring the current lovers/fans in... will bring in more money for what they are trying to keep secret.
The Jewel of the Tamagotchi Life will probably be a tamagotchi. Even if its just an App, Look at all the people with an phone now... I see TONS of kids on my chunk of the world with a Iphone/Itouch... and apps can make more money then you realize. (The kids being as young as 6 or 7... well, my 2 year old niece plays with her parent's smartphones.....)

Look at something on/like Facebook... Like Farmville, get farm cash for special items.... Hence, They might be doing this in the App. People DO buy the special cash... Parents are probably more likely to let them get a game.... It is probably WAY cheaper to use a device already made.... Which isn't out of Bandai America's pocket, but more like... Apple or Whomever.

I'm one of those "Older Fans" so.... I'm glad they haven't forgotten us. We are the people who originally made these famous. The Original people who made the name what is is today. Today tamagotchi is what it is because many of the original fans came back or showed the younger people a tamagotchi. With fans of all ages wanting something from Bandai America... I think they are trying. Give them Time, You might be surprised on what really comes out.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:33 AM ( #163 )

Any true Tamagotchi fan would hope more for vintage to be honest............................ Also the T-Shirts will probably have Tamagotchis on them...

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I love the idea of Tamagotchi Life to be honest. I'm probably alone though.

I love that it's targeted at the original fan base, the ones that "deserve Tamagotchi" even though it sounds cheesey. They're the ones that will get nostalgia when they see someone they know wearing a Mametchi shirt or something, haha. I think apparel and home deco is great and just because it's not what you all expected doesn't mean its not good! Bandai America is turned American Tamagotchi into it's own thing, rather then just re-releasing the Japanese ones in different ways in English. Even though I'm not the audience, let's face it, the true, young at heart biggest fans seem to be in the age of young adults.

For those fans who want the toy, (who generally are new to Tamagotchi in comparison to Young Adults who like it,) they can keep on buying Japanese ones.

These things I typed might be messy btw, I'm tired. Posted Image


Not necessarily...BanDai just believes only young adults can be dedicated fans and kids just have a short attention span and are like the random 5-year-olds who come on TT, randomly view my profile then leave again. I'm tired too - of always being dismissed as a little kid when I'm NOT one at heart. There are a lot of kids on TT who actually are into Tamas, collect them, do projects and stuff on them, learn to draw them and everything. But everyone thinks kids are there to be made money out of, not to live a life, and they make good stuff for adults and only for adults. I'm fed up of it too, but there's really nothing we can do about it. -_-

I don't think it's very respectful to younger fans saying that only nostalgic people deserve Tamagotchi. I've worked hard, along with other people much older than me, made these 1,649 posts on TamaTalk, spent $500 on Tamagotchi, made good friends and generally achieved things I never thought I could do - all for Tamagotchi. I thought BanDai might care to read my posts and everyone else's, and give legitimate answers to our emails, but no. What is Tamagotchi LIFE - something to test who's a nostalgic fan and throw away all the other fans who can't help being born a few years later on? That seems to me to be ruthless and thoughtless.

Also, being new to Tamagotchi is no big deal, and a lot of us aren't actually new to it. Those who are can be as dedicated as young adults. I know you said the majority of fans are young adults - but by saying that, you may not know it but when you read on here that I like Tamas, unless you have the proof that I've been an active member of TaamaTalk since 2009, you're unlikely to believe I'm a true fan of Tamas. Anyway, some people are true fans and they aren't allowed PayPal or online buying and can't afford the Japan stuff.

The fact that those who "want the toy" can keep on buying Japanese ones is irrelevant; it's not the fact this new stuff is a disappointment for kids that's getting EMF and I angry, it's the fact that Tamagotchi IS a toy and it shouldn't revert from what it is. It is a toy and that's it. It's like turning a car into a device to entertain 2-year-olds - a car is a car and that's that.

Edited by dazzilitchigirl, 13 June 2012 - 01:55 PM.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:32 AM ( #164 )

Tamagotchi virtual toys will be the ORIGINALS, my FAVORITE, now and forever.
I don't like where Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. is headed.
Do you honestly expect a room full of 50-year-olds who don't take the advice from kids to be able to develop a new child's toy? Children's views are changing a lot and they need to keep that in focus....Tamagotchi LIFE will be one big flop, I can tell you that for sure.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:29 PM ( #165 )

From Barry Stagg:

On behalf of Bandai Co., Ltd., Sync Beatz Entertainment plans on implementing a comprehensive marketing program for an extensive line of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. products in key categories including Apparel, Domestics, Furnishings, Gifts & Novelties, Health & Beauty and Publishing in the United States. Among the key drivers supporting the brand launch will be a range of digital media, including apps and Webisodes, providing a whole new level of interactivity and social media connection for Tamagotchi fans all over the world. The agency is reviewing several prospective apps including role-playing, strategy puzzle and other genres of casual games based on the characters of the original Tamagotchi property. It is also looking at multiple genres for its Webisodes, including live action and animation, which will provide a unique focus on fashion, lifestyle and cultural trends relevant to consumers.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:32 PM ( #166 )

From Barry Stagg:

On behalf of Bandai Co., Ltd., Sync Beatz Entertainment plans on implementing a comprehensive marketing program for an extensive line of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. products in key categories including Apparel, Domestics, Furnishings, Gifts & Novelties, Health & Beauty and Publishing in the United States. Among the key drivers supporting the brand launch will be a range of digital media, including apps and Webisodes, providing a whole new level of interactivity and social media connection for Tamagotchi fans all over the world. The agency is reviewing several prospective apps including role-playing, strategy puzzle and other genres of casual games based on the characters of the original Tamagotchi property. It is also looking at multiple genres for its Webisodes, including live action and animation, which will provide a unique focus on fashion, lifestyle and cultural trends relevant to consumers.

Okay, cool, I can see it now, 21-29 year old women, walking around wearing t-shirts that say "L.i.f.e." on them, carrying their smartphones playing Bejeweled: Tamagotchi edition from the AppStore, their nails painted "Mametchi Yellow", and their hands just washed with Cherry L.i.f.e. handsoap. Yay.

I'm kind of disappointed about this, they're just assuming that their old target audience, as successful as the v6 and below were, wasn't working. So they came up with clothes, for 21-29 year old women. Yay.

Sure, if this is successful, it could lead to a new Tamagotchi, not in the form of an app, but, what do colorful t-shirts, lamps, toothpaste and sheet sets say about Tamagotchi here in the US? Sure, it works in Japan, but that's alongside an actual Tamagotchi toy line, and the anime.

Live action webisodes? About fashion, lifestyle, and cultural trends? If I wanted that, I'd watch a talk show.

I really shouldn't judge the brand right away, as it hasn't come out yet and I might end up liking it, but I don't know about the L.i.f.e. line. I'd like to see a new Tamagotchi first.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:42 PM ( #167 )

Not much to say here just dropping in to say if you're a fan of tamagotchi, it's fine to dislike something but you don't go as far to say that you would punch someone in the face. Just because you may not like the idea you shouldn't say something like that, as Bandai seems to be working very hard on this new product.

That's just a terribly rude thing to say, just be thankful that bandai hasn't forgotten about you and they're actually trying something. I don't much care for the idea, but who knows, maybe it'll actually turn out well?

We barely have any information released, don't go judging it saying that it's completely horrible.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:43 PM ( #168 )

Reel it in....

They are aiming it the original fans. Bring them in, bring the current lovers/fans in... will bring in more money for what they are trying to keep secret.
The Jewel of the Tamagotchi Life will probably be a tamagotchi. Even if its just an App, Look at all the people with an phone now... I see TONS of kids on my chunk of the world with a Iphone/Itouch... and apps can make more money then you realize. (The kids being as young as 6 or 7... well, my 2 year old niece plays with her parent's smartphones.....)

Look at something on/like Facebook... Like Farmville, get farm cash for special items.... Hence, They might be doing this in the App. People DO buy the special cash... Parents are probably more likely to let them get a game.... It is probably WAY cheaper to use a device already made.... Which isn't out of Bandai America's pocket, but more like... Apple or Whomever.

I'm one of those "Older Fans" so.... I'm glad they haven't forgotten us. We are the people who originally made these famous. The Original people who made the name what is is today. Today tamagotchi is what it is because many of the original fans came back or showed the younger people a tamagotchi. With fans of all ages wanting something from Bandai America... I think they are trying. Give them Time, You might be surprised on what really comes out.


I really can't help being born in 2001. I would have been a kid in 1996 if I could, but I wasn't.

Most of us younger fans did not get into Tamas due to older fans. Younger fans shaped Tamagotchi from a simple 90's fashion craze to the later Connections and iD series. I and my friends here have all played a part in the creation of the iD Ls we now own - and now we're having all our hard work to make Tamagotchi what it is destroyed. Yes, the older fans played a part too, but a few of you (not naming names) are a bit...exclusive of young Tamagotchi fans. There is somewhere a sense of contempt in all those nostalgic posts, a sense of contempt at people like me, who are young but dedicated fans. BanDai, and a few older fans, don't believe we young kids can be true Tama fans - so they release nostalgic stuff for adults.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:58 PM ( #169 )

From Barry Stagg:
On behalf of Bandai Co., Ltd., Sync Beatz Entertainment plans on implementing a comprehensive marketing program for an extensive line of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. products in key categories including Apparel, Domestics, Furnishings, Gifts &amp; Novelties, Health &amp; Beauty and Publishing in the United States. Among the key drivers supporting the brand launch will be a range of digital media, including apps and Webisodes, providing a whole new level of interactivity and social media connection for Tamagotchi fans all over the world. The agency is reviewing several prospective apps including role-playing, strategy puzzle and other genres of casual games based on the characters of the original Tamagotchi property. It is also looking at multiple genres for its Webisodes, including live action and animation, which will provide a unique focus on fashion, lifestyle and cultural trends relevant to consumers.

Sounds familiar to this: http://www.licensing...tchis-US-return

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:00 PM ( #170 )

Ya, I get what you are saying Dazz.

I just believe this is to pull in the older fans as well as put Something out for everybody. (Or what they were hoping) I can be pulled both ways though... I'm glad they put something though...

When we were younger, we helped it become a famous name. With the younger people too, you guys helped shape what is now. We together will continue to love our tamas, even if the current release (Or what might come) will be at a down side....

To put... I was 8 when it came out... I don't recall them ever putting out stuff like this... They might have had a shirt or two... but maybe they are filling a gap..... I could just be not remembering the items... I only remember the pet and the plush. (and all the other digital pets out there....)

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:21 PM ( #171 )

okay, to be honest i laughed quite alot reading your reactions. don't you people see that this is a way to surprise all of you with the new Vpet that may be coming in the future

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:29 PM ( #172 )

okay, to be honest i laughed quite alot reading your reactions. don't you people see that this is a way to surprise all of you with the new Vpet that may be coming in the future
:nazotchi:

Why would they release a new V-Pet if the target audience is apparently not children anymore, and rather 21-29 year old women?
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:57 PM ( #173 )

Bandai America has really forgotten that Tamagotchi was a neutral thing, not for just girls. I'm really disappointed. Bandai Japan has items for both boys and girls, which I'm more happy about.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:14 PM ( #174 )

The girl vs boy thing... Totally agree... They need to remember boys and girls enjoyed that tamagotchi.... If they are going girl for tamagotchi... they need to consider bringing back the digimon tamagotchi.... (Which they still make in Japan) Oh wait that's color too... fail. Or at least a neutral boy electronic pet.... But that is a whole new topic...........

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:22 PM ( #175 )

Yeah I want my brother to be able to play tamagotchi SOON!

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:57 PM ( #176 )

This incident... Is now starting to remind me of Skylanders.

I used to be a big fan on Spyro games, and I still am... But only the original trilogy. After that, the games just got worse and worse. Then, they release Skylanders. Gameplay-wise, it's completely different to the originals, but it's relatively similar landscape-wise. However, Spyro? He's been reduced to pure ugliness. The shock caused thousands upon thousands of fans to retaliate in agression, sending nasty comments and even death threats to the company working on Skylanders.

Let's not do the same. Don't be agressive about it... If you don't like or want the products, just decide not to buy the products, and we'll see how this goes. If people don't want to buy it, they won't sell it.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:31 PM ( #177 )

This incident... Is now starting to remind me of Skylanders.
I used to be a big fan on Spyro games, and I still am... But only the original trilogy. After that, the games just got worse and worse. Then, they release Skylanders. Gameplay-wise, it's completely different to the originals, but it's relatively similar landscape-wise. However, Spyro? He's been reduced to pure ugliness. The shock caused thousands upon thousands of fans to retaliate in agression, sending nasty comments and even death threats to the company working on Skylanders.
Let's not do the same. Don't be agressive about it... If you don't like or want the products, just decide not to buy the products, and we'll see how this goes. If people don't want to buy it, they won't sell it.

I actually totally agree on this. Despite being so upset and mad about this product line, we can't stoop ourselves to insults and death threats. We have to remain civil about this. Besides, what do you think those people down at BanDai and Sync Beatz are thinking of us now that we are sending so many nasty comments to them?

Honestly, we have to constructively criticize this thing. How can we show BanDai how much we don't like this? Perhaps we can start a petition, or maybe we just don't buy it to show them this is not what we want. Heck, maybe another idea is to get many more tamagotchi fans to pre order the Japanese Tamagotchis, to show BanDai that we still care about the series, and there's money to be made.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:47 PM ( #178 )

I don't know about you guys, but I heard a little Tamagotchi beep in that video at about 1:40-1:45. :rolleyes:
I know most of us here are pretty disappointed about Tamagotchi L.I.F.E, but let's take a look at the bigger picture: We're only, in the grand scheme of things, a small number of Tamagotchi fans compared to, say, the number of Angry Birds fans. BanDai and Sync Beatz might not know that WE want a new Tamagotchi, instead, they're following suit of a lot of brands: expanding to apparel, furnishings, cosmetics, etc. They might be trying to get people into Tamagotchi through this merchandise before releasing another Tamagotchi, if they do have plans for a new one. Remember what binary said: even Bandai Japan has branched out into other things, and that has made it wildly successful.
I think BanDai here is approaching this the wrong way. They're reversing what would actually be better: releasing a new Tamagotchi (remember the if, I don't know for sure if they are) and then moving on to the extra stuff.
I think the key to getting what we want is telling BanDai what we want. They aren't mind readers, contrary to popular belief. :rolleyes: Consumers have a big impact-businesses listen to them, because they want their product/service to be as successful as possible, and if they have another branch in another place, maybe they want to emulate those. *coughBandaiJapancough* I think that's what BanDai is trying to do. We just have to give them the little push, and maybe, just maybe, we will have an English colour Tamagotchi in our hands.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:11 PM ( #179 )

This incident... Is now starting to remind me of Skylanders.

I used to be a big fan on Spyro games, and I still am... But only the original trilogy. After that, the games just got worse and worse. Then, they release Skylanders. Gameplay-wise, it's completely different to the originals, but it's relatively similar landscape-wise. However, Spyro? He's been reduced to pure ugliness. The shock caused thousands upon thousands of fans to retaliate in agression, sending nasty comments and even death threats to the company working on Skylanders.

Let's not do the same. Don't be agressive about it... If you don't like or want the products, just decide not to buy the products, and we'll see how this goes. If people don't want to buy it, they won't sell it.

I agree, i love the original Spyro, (comparing to original Tamagotchi) but i also love The Legend of Spyro (comparing to Connection, ... but i really hate the character design of Skylanders.... (Tamagotchi L.i.f.e)

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:29 PM ( #180 )

I actually totally agree on this. Despite being so upset and mad about this product line, we can't stoop ourselves to insults and death threats. We have to remain civil about this. Besides, what do you think those people down at BanDai and Sync Beatz are thinking of us now that we are sending so many nasty comments to them?

Honestly, we have to constructively criticize this thing. How can we show BanDai how much we don't like this? Perhaps we can start a petition, or maybe we just don't buy it to show them this is not what we want. Heck, maybe another idea is to get many more tamagotchi fans to pre order the Japanese Tamagotchis, to show BanDai that we still care about the series, and there's money to be made.


I think that right there is a good idea...we should start a petition.