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  1. 7 points
    The moment has finally come! Bandai Japan has just officially announced the Eevee Tamagotchi, which is that fabulous collaboration that was leaked a few weeks back. Tamagotchi and Pokemon fans around the world can rejoice because this one is good. Just as you’ve expected, the details previously provided are pretty much on par with the official details. There will be two versions, ‘Love Eevee’ and ‘Colorful Friends’ which feature different shell designs, but will both have the same content. Each Eevee will hatch from an egg and depending on your care you can get a variety of Eevee’s! Each variation of Eevee is a bit different and all based upon care, there are a total of 8 variations of Eevee; they’re all super adorable! There also appears to be three mystery variations that Bandai has not yet released, but you can see that in the graphic above. You’ll be raising Eevee the whole time, which includes feeding, playing games, and enjoying Eeevee’s close up expressions right on your Tamagotchi screen! How adorable? The Eeeve Tamagotchi’s will be released on January 26th 2019, the MSRP is ¥2300 which is roughly $20 USD. The targeted age group for this device is 6+ due to its simplicity. It’s very important to note that this device is very different from the traditional Tamagotchi as it has similar functionality to the Tamagotchi Nano, and the newer Gudetama Tamagotchi. Bandai will be releasing a video really soon with additional information and functionality. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we receive additional information. How excited are you for this Eevee Tamagotchi?!
  2. 6 points
    Came across this Eevee Tamagotchi basic instructions guide on Twitter (TT is at @tamatalkdotcom )and thought folks might find it useful! https://nintendosoup.com/guide-eevee-x-tamagotchi-basic-instructions-and-english-translations/
  3. 5 points
    Just wanted to give a shout out to @Alex Grigoriou for the impressive work in trying to bring back Tamagotchi Town! If you haven't already, check out the topic about it here or the site at http://alexgtamagotchieu.freevar.com
  4. 4 points
    Found this article about using a Tamagotchi as a good measure of seeing how ready somebody is to take on the responsibility of having a pet… I have to say, I could not agree more! https://gametruth.com/editorials/dont-get-a-pet-get-a-tamagotchi/ Have you all seen any relationship between caring for a virtual pet and how that relates to caring for a real one?
  5. 4 points
    Our upgrade is complete and I THINK everything went smoothly. Please poke around and check out the new features and look. I still have some work to do... Our emoticons are coming back (of course)... I also need to make some tweaks to settings. Please look around and post here with any comments or problems you discover. I still have a backup of the old system so we can downgrade if major problems are discovered. One feture I am most excited about is that we are now way more modern and work wonderfully on computers, tablets and phones! One other thing to note is the new Clubs section which lets TamaTalkers make their own little group. The groups can be public or private. This is something I want to try out to see if it is useful. This gives you a chance to create your own little space where you can be the moderator and guide how things operate. Please Note! Community rules on behaviour and content will still apply! I hope you all like it!
  6. 4 points
    I am from time to time reminded how much TamaTalk has grown and changed with tamagotchi. I get nostalgic of other sites and groups I was a part of. I am going to try and be a little more active with tamas. Wish me luck and I hope to make more friends along the way!
  7. 4 points
    That's not just Brazil, most countries don't sell tamagotchis anymore. The new 20th anniversary re-releases are mostly Japan, US & SOME parts of Europe (+UK) exclusive. And even then they are hard to find outside of Japan and US. As crazy as it might sound, there is just not big enough demand for them anywhere else. Even for the West they have been brought back just because of the whole nostalgia craze going on now. I'm from Poland and there have been no tamas being sold ever since the original Friends came off the shelves.
  8. 4 points
    No... they can't? The 90s devices can't even connect at all. OP, I'll answer each one of your requirements individually to give you an idea of the range of Tamagotchis there are: The originals only have about 11 characters so I'm guessing you want quite a bit more than that. This condition eliminates pretty much all of the vintage models, except for the Osutchi and Mesutchi, which have quite a few characters. Of the modern releases, here's the ones that have the most characters - though be aware that some of these characters might be inaccessible due to requiring external devices or web services that no longer exist: International releases: V1: 20 characters V2: 51 characters V3: 50 characters V4: 52 characters V4.5: 52 characters V5: 65 characters V5.5: 60 characters Music Star: 40 characters Tama-Go: 36 characters Friends: 36 characters Friends Dream Town: 36 characters Japanese-exclusive releases: Keitai: 23 characters Hanerutchi 1: 21 characters Akai: 23 characters Entama: 56 characters Uratama: 58 characters Hanerutchi 2: 46 characters Oden-Kun: 22 characters Plus Color: 26 characters Hexagontchi: 26 characters iD: 21 characters iDL: 48 characters P's: 42 characters with an additional 54 characters unlocked with pierces (sold separately), I'm not sure if all the additional characters can be raised though 4U: 16 characters and 16 personality stage forms (not sure what these are but they're functionally different characters, I believe) with an additional 32 characters unlocked with downloads and touch cards (sold separately), again I'm not sure if all the additional characters can be raised 4U+: 18 characters and 22 personality stage forms, as well as (I assume) the 32 downloadable characters from 4U M!x: There are 5 different versions of the M!x and they each have 22 characters, plus the ability to "mix" characters together through breeding to get a seemingly endless number of variations Meets: 19 characters as well as the aforementioned mixing mechanic All the Tamagotchis mentioned above can connect to others, as far as I'm aware! There are restrictions though: -Osutchi and Mesutchi can only connect with eachother -The V1, 2, 3, 4 and 4.5 can all connect, though Tamagotchis of different versions connect as though they're V1s which limits the number of things to do -The Japanese version of the V1 - the Plus - can connect with the Keitai and Akai -The V2, 3, 4 and 4.5 can all connect to the Keitai and Akai too -The Keitai, Akai, Entama and Uratama can all connect to eachother -The V5, 5.5, Music Star and Tama-Go can all connect to eachother -The Friends and Dream Town can connect to eachother I'm not sure about how the remaining Japanese models connect to eachother so I think someone with a better understanding of the Japanese models will have to help you there. All the ones above have more to do than the originals! I'll list a few features from each: Vintage releases: Osutchi and Mesutchi: Quite a simple model as far as I know, though there's a complex breeding mechanic where connecting your Tamagotchis gets you different characters. International releases: V1: This one has a two games instead of the one like the originals, and the ability to connect with other Tamagotchis. This also allows Tamagotchis to gift eachother items which they can use. Overall, the number of features is still pretty lacking, though. V2: There's new games, and games now give the player points that they can use in the shop to buy food and items. Relatively limited compared to later releases, but still allows for quite a lot of gameplay time. V3: Lots of new features and items, and a whole bunch of games. A big part of this Tamagotchi was the Tamatown functionality, but since the website shut down nearly 6 years ago this functionality has been inaccessible. You're not missing a whole lot though, honestly, since the souvenirs from Tamatown didn't actually do anything except look nice. V4: Growth is now determined by your Tamagotchi's interests and skills. These skills then go on to influence the job your Tamagotchi gets. There's also a huge variety of games, increased by the range of jobs your Tamagotchi can now engage in. Tamatown functionality is lost once again, but again it's not really a big deal. V4.5: Basically identical to the V4 but with different characters and games. I think getting skill points is easier too now and if I recall correctly the jobs are a bit different? V4 also suffered from some pretty bad glitches which were fixed in the 4.5. V5: Tamagotchis are now put into families - if you've ever wanted to raise more than one Tamagotchi at once, now you can! Though it's functionally identical to raising one. The range of features is pretty limited compared to the V4 though, since there's no job mechanic anymore. I think the range of items was also pretty limited if I recall right, and a lot of the items were only obtainable online, though the passwords are still available online since they don't always rely on a username like before. V5.5: Similar to the V5 again. V5 had some pretty bad glitches if you were unlucky - mine liked to reset itself on occasion - and they were fixed in this iteration. Different characters and games once again. Music Star: Basically the V4 but you can only get one job, a career in music. This isn't too much of a downside though, as there's plenty of fun to be had - more varied gameplay than previous versions, for sure. Easily one of my favourite versions, though a couple of the characters and a few of the items aren't so easily accessible anymore since the shutdown of Tamatown. Tama-Go: Very, very limited, unless you buy the additional figures which clip onto the top and unlock more content. The figures unlock extra games and the ability to buy items, which was removed from this version for some reason. On a more positive note the screen is now a 4-tone greyscale screen instead of the previous monochrome screen, and that allows the player to buy different room designs for their Tamagotchi. Friends: Haven't played it, so I don't know much about it. From the sounds of it though, it's pretty limited, like the Tama-Go. Connection is NFC instead of IR, now. Friends Dream Town: Supposedly an improvement upon the Friends, but still suffers from being relatively limited once again. I don't have any of the Japanese-exclusive releases, but I've listed some of their features here anyway: Keitai: Kinda like the V3 but with more things to do, I think? Hanerutchi 1: It's based off a gameshow or something? So the characters aren't really Tamagotchi characters. I think it's like a Keitai or the Plus / V1 otherwise. Akai: Like the Keitai but the pixels are red and there's different games and characters Entama: Like the V4, but with more to do, I think? Uratama: Like the Entama, but the pixels are blue now. Once again different characters and games, similar to the V4.5. Hanerutchi 2: Another Hanerutchi, but like the Entama, I think? Oden-Kun: Not sure what the functionality is like but it's based off the Oden-kun character. Plus Color: First Tamagotchi with a full colour screen. Hexagontchi: Like Plus Color but with some features related to a gameshow called Hexagon, or something. iD: I think you get the ability to keep your character for as long as you want, or something. I don't know much about this one. iDL: Like the above but... more? P's: Dunno, there's these "pierce" things that you can clip onto the top to unlock more content though. 4U: First Japanese model that used NFC I think. Allows the player to download new content. 4U+: Like the above but more, again, I guess. M!x: Has the aforementioned "Mix" mechanic which allows you to mix two characters together to get something entirely new. Meets: No idea, but I've heard the current release of this version is pretty glitchy. If a Meets sounds like your thing, maybe wait until the next version of the Meets comes out. Apparently carries the same mixing mechanic from the previous version. I think you can also raise twins in this version though I'm not sure if that was in a previous version (aside the V5) too. Generally the Japanese models have more features than the international releases. This is probably the strongest restriction you've given, and it should helpfully make it easier to make a decision. Any of the Japanese models from the Plus Color onwards will probably end up being too expensive for you. Even the Entama can go for $60+ if you're buying new, though it should be within your limits if you're buying used. Seems like the iD / iDL are an exception though, they look like they tend to go for a little cheaper. The vintage Osutchi and Mesutchi should be just within your limits. English models should all be affordable, though be careful not to buy one of the $2 fakes. The Music Star is likely to be a little expensive though some sellers will definitely sell it to you for less than $40. The Tama-Go should be just within your limits though the figures aren't going to be that cheap, and it's not really worth purchasing it without the figures. The Dream Town version might be the hardest to get because it's usually (confusingly) named the "Tamagotchi Friends" and those that know to add the "Dream Town" on the end tend to sell it for quite a bit more. On the other hand the Tamagotchi Friends seems to be one of the cheapest models available, probably because it was a relatively recent release. Hopefully others can fill you in on the information I'm less familiar with. I hope this helps!
  9. 4 points
    For those curious about customization, here are the dimensions of a 90's Tamagotchi background: Length and Width of Paper: 2.5x2.5 cm Length and Width of the icon sections: 25x7 mm And if you guys want I can do a full tutorial Here's how mine came out. So shiny!
  10. 3 points
    Guys, I have great news about Tamagotchi Town V4. I have found some swf files and I have parsed tamatown all together. Click on the link for download. Have fun! Link: https://www.mediafire.com/file/ibdch866cbm37db/TAMATOWN.rar
  11. 3 points
    My birthday was pretty great! Got myself a sweet new laptop, a Gudetama, a new pair of headphones, and a statue of Guido Mista from JJBA: Vento Aureo via GameStop's site. Best birthday I ever had!
  12. 3 points
    It makes me sad that our tamagotchis can’t marry a tamagotchi of the same gender. I get why there was no same sex marriage on the older tamas, since the world was sadly much less accepting then, but now times have changed and I keep hoping that it will be introduced on the newer Japanese tamagotchis. However, it is not an option on either my M!x or Meets. Quite apart from anything else, this is disappointing as it limits the number of characters you can mix with according to your tama’s gender. I KNOW that in irl species you need a male and a female to make a baby (I’m a grown adult ), but we are talking about pixels here! Tamagotchis don’t even pretend to be modeled after real animals, like cats and dogs. They are goofy little aliens and if Bandai chose they could definitely programme in same sex marriages and breeding. Take The Sims 4, for example. You can now have two sims of the same sex have a baby together - heck, you can even have male pregnancies! And, sims are meant to be modeled after humans, for whom this most definitely isn’t possible. If Sims can do it, tamas can do it - Bandai should recognise that it’s 2018 (almost 2019)! What do you guys think? Is this a feature you’d like?
  13. 3 points
    I don’t even particularly care for tamagotchi and haven’t for ages but I still frequent this site it was just so influential for me in my younger years so it just kinda feels like a safe haven yknow
  14. 3 points
    Tamagotchi +Color has no downloads functionality though. iD, iD L and P’s have IrDA while 4U and 4U+ has NFC.
  15. 3 points
    A new version of the software running this site has been installed. Lots of little tweaks to speed and stuff but, overall, you will not see many differences... Well except maybe for the GIF button Please post here if you notice any little bugs (or big ones)!
  16. 3 points
    Well, as you said it's not available since 2009, it's been already 10 years since then. We just moved on. There are some projects that are attempting to bring it back but it's a huge work in progress and might or might not work. It is a shame but the toys are still usable even without Tama Town, even if some experience has been lost.
  17. 3 points
    That's a P2 and it's a legit shell. http://www.tamashell.com/p2.php
  18. 3 points
    Y'know, I'm really liking the umi. Yeah, it's demanding (very), but there's really no other tama that has animations quite like this. They're smooth, responsive, the little bubbles that travel up the screen are neat, and it's actually fun to watch them swim around the screen. Mine is, unfortunately, very quiet, but it's still been a lot of fun to raise. I did turn the TamaOtch off for the moment though, as that, plus my Genjintch, plus the Umi was a bit too much. XD
  19. 3 points
    I was directed here here by penguin-keeper due to some observations i made with my assorment of v3s. One of them, my pink translucent, has a slightly lower key than the other three. That being, all of its sounds are slightly lower than the same sounds of the others. I decided to rom test all four of them, and i had some pretty interesting results! First off, let me talk about my tamas. pink ice cream - US version, normal sound, blue and yellow box background, "tamagotchi connection" logo with mimitchi Green hibiscus - US version, normal sound, blue and yellow box background, "tamagotchi connection" logo with mimitchi translucent pink - US version, lower than normal sound, pink and yellow dots background, "tamagotchi connection" logo with mimitchi Zebra - US version region-changed to UK, normal sound, blue and yellow box background, "tamagotchi" logo with mametchi So, I went through and rom tested all four of them. The first three are all A3 0 or A3 2, including the deep-voiced translucent pink. However, my zebra was A3 3, which is a version that's not included in the list above! NOW, there's obviously something different about the zebra. I region changed it using a similar method to debugging (taking a pencil to the correct broken circles on the chip). When I undid the region change, however, it was back to being an A3 2! For my next trick, I attempt to region change one of my A3 0s. I tried doing it on both of them, but even after filling in the circles, it didn't actually take. I checked, and it was still and A3 0. It might have been the way I did it (my pencil could have been sharper), but i digress. Theory: there are four US rom versions. I've confirmed that A3 2 isn't a UK variant as theorized above, because all of mine are american, came with american chain styles and have US logos. However, A3 3 (and very likely A3 1) are region-changed variants of 0 and 2. also, now i have even less of a theory as to why my pink sounds like that.
  20. 3 points
    It's a tamagotchi message board. We're all dorks to some extent, and super proud of it! XD
  21. 3 points
    Thanks! I forgot to mention it but I was able to obtain those two sprites. The complete project is now live here: https://www.spriters-resource.com/lcd_handhelds/tamagotchiconnectionversion2/
  22. 3 points
    Oh that's very interesting! That further proves my theory that the V2 I have is from a very early wave (I haven't seen too many V2s out there like mine, so the batch with the different names must have been pretty limited) .That item must have been directly translated from the Keitai, and I do wonder why it was changed in the later, more widespread release. Either way, it's quite cool. Anyway, I was able to ROM test my CYOI Entama (the character on it was already dead, so no tamas were harmed in the process): It's ver. 14.5. I'm assuming that's the only ROM version for the CYOI since it only had one wave and three shells.
  23. 3 points
    Thanks for the help! If there are any version differences between different waves then maybe we'll find them. --- Here's the ROM version list so far, as well as any other known version differences: Kaettekita! Tamagotchi Plus / Tamagotchi Connection / Tamagotchi Connexion (V1) 0.0: The original Japanese release. 2.0: An international release, probably European. Features a multitude of changes from the previous version. 2.1: Seems to be present in both European and Australian models, so both of those regions probably used the same ROMs. Differences in this version are unknown. 2.4: Apparently, the time during the day at which the Tamagotchi's age number increases was changed in this version. 4.0: Probably the first US release. Main differences are in the form of text changes. 4.2: Apparently, the connection feature cannot be used while the Tamagotchi is a baby on any version prior to this one. This is the version this feature was changed. There's also a rare "GLAY Expo Edition" that probably uses another ROM version. Keitai Kaitsuu! Tamagotchi Plus (Keitai) The only known version is 6.1, currently. Haneru no Tobira Tamagotchi (Hanerutchi) The only known version is 8.0. Given that this version was a sort of spin-off and only had a single wave, I think it's likely that this is the only version. Keitai Kaitsuu! Tamagotchi Plus Akai Series (Akai) Currently no ROM versions are known. Chou Jinsei Enjoi! Tamagotchi Plus (Entama) The only version currently known is 14.1. The ROM versions of the CYOI Change models are currently unknown. Ura Jinsei Enjoi! Tamagotchi Plus (Uratama) 16.0 is the only known version as of yet. Haneru no Tobira Tamagotchi 2 (Hanerutchi 2) The only known version is 18.0. Given that this version was a sort of spin-off and only had a single wave, I think it's likely that this is the only version. Oden-Kun no Tamagotchi (Oden-Kun) No ROM versions are currently known. Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 / Tamagotchi Connexion Version 2 (V2) Three versions - A.3, A.4, and A.5 - are known. The differences between them are not currently known, though it is known that some versions of the V2 featured a variety of different item names, and there are differences between the US version and international versions of the V2. Whether or not these versions correspond to one of the three known ROM versions is unclear, but it does seem to be the case so far that the first wave of V2s in the USA was split into two groups - an earlier group and a later group - where the most noticeable difference is subtle changes in how the packaging looked. The later group were the ones most seen in promotional material for the V2, and it seems as though the earlier group - what I'm calling wave 0 - was probably like an initial production run that was merged with another group of shell designs for unknown reasons (perhaps they anticipated that more people would buy the V2 than they were expecting so they expanded the lineup somewhat). It seems to be the case that some of the wave 0 models were given the earlier ROM version featuring the earlier item names. There's also a PUMA Edition that probably uses another ROM version. Tamagotchi Connection Version 3 / Tamagotchi Connexion Version 3 (V3) The only known versions are A3 0 and A3 2 and their differences are unknown. A3 0 seems to be the US release so A3 2 may have been the European or Australian release. Tamagotchi Connection Version 4 / Tamagotchi Connexion Jinsei Version 4 (V4) A4.2 U, A4.3 E and A4.5 E are the only known versions. It seems to be the case that U models are the USA versions and E models are European. The main differences between them are probably bug fixes. Tamagotchi Connection Version 4.5 / Tamagotchi Connexion Jinsei Plus Version 4 (V4.5) A4.5-3E and AUV4.5-.2 are the only known versions so far. I'm not so sure about the latter one, I feel like it was probably meant to be A4.5-2U but it was written wrong. The letter at the end seems to represent exactly what it did before. Tamagotchi Connection Version 5 / Tamagotchi Connexion Familitchi / Family Iro Iro! Tamagotchi Plus (V5) 34.1 is the only known version so far, and it corresponds to a European model. This was the first international model to receive a release in Japan since the V1, so there's a number of different versions of the V5. Main differences include language changes and changes to the Unchi-Kun item. Tamagotchi Connection Version 5 Celebrity / Yume no Royal Family Tamagotchi Plus (V5.5) No known ROM versions yet. The English version apparently had two more games than the Japanese version, though, and some of the parent characters changed between versions. Tamagotchi Music Star (V6) 6.0 00 32.0 0 and 6.0 01 32.0 0 are the currently known versions. The latter was a wave 2 model, so they probably correspond to the two waves of the Music Star. Region functionality seems to be separate from version numbering, now (the ROM test screen lists the region separately). Known differences between versions include changes to how much money is passed down each generation (if I recall correctly, no money is immediately passed down upon starting a new generation on the original models, whereas half the money is passed down on the first generation only on the wave 2 models) and also changes to how expensive the Wild Guitar item is (from 100,000,000 points to 40,000,000). Tamatown Tama-Go (V7) 7.0 01 32.0 is the only known version. Tamagotchi Friends (V8) 8.0 00 is the only known ROM version, though it's known that international releases of the V8 featured different games to the US version. There's rumours of a Russian language version, too. Tamagotchi Friends: Dream Town Digital Friend (V9) No ROM versions are known yet. I think this covers everything so far! It should also give us an idea of where to look for more information.
  24. 3 points
    What's interesting about the "diet soda" item is that not only is the name different, it also looks different which is actually pretty cool. The earlier version has what looks like a scale in the middle while the later version just has the regular bubbles. The left one is my early wave, different item name V2. The right one is presumably from a later batch. I actually like having the quirky one in my collection because it's kind of unique, haha.
  25. 3 points
    Welcome to another installment of my hopefully more consistent log. The tamas are all still doing very well. The two V2s are very laid back as adults so I've been primarily focusing on my V1, who's still a teen. V1 - Ziggy Ziggy wasn't set to evolve until around 4:30 this afternoon, so he spent the morning as a Marutchi. He connected quite a bit with Laura (my blue bubbles V2) and obtained the ball item, which he had a lot of fun playing with. So far, he has called for training at 1:15 and 4:15 today, with his next call presumably coming at 7:15. That brings his training bar up to 3 as he either didn't call yesterday or I missed it (more than likely it's the latter). Not too long ago, I heard the ever-familiar evolution beep. Since my other two tamas are adults, it could be none other than Ziggy. He's now an onion, which I expected but he's still cute. I might try to aim for top tier with him even though I've rarely been successful with this on the V1. This version seems to be stricter with care mistakes than the later versions so it's a lot harder to get perfect care on it than even the V2 or V3. I will probably end up with Memetchi again but it's still worth a try. V2 - Laura Laura is still an impossibly cool Dorotchi. She is 5 years old and very laid back. Experimenting with a new 'do... Feeling like royalty... Ghosts can be cute too! I love capturing her various item animations - they are all very cute. I'm glad I got Dorotchi on my 12th generation as opposed to one of my earlier ones because now I have most if not all of the available items to try out on her. I'll probably post more tomorrow or whenever I end up updating next. V2 #2 - Agnes Just like her sister, Agnes is 5 years old, still adorable and taking it easy. Oh, have I ever missed having Ginji - even the idle animations are great. I'll have to capture the teeth brushing one and the closeup at some point but I have not had a chance to do so yet. For me? Oh, you shouldn't have... These boots are made for walkin'... Skater... girl? Her animations are slightly different from the original P1 Ginji, but they have their own little charm. I love having her around.
  26. 3 points
    By the way have you checked out my revived TamaTown V4? It is worth visiting. My thread link:https://www.tamatalk.com/IB/topic/195332-tamatown-is-back-parsed-swf-files/?page=3 Direct site link:http://alexgtamagotchieu.freevar.com
  27. 3 points
    My Santagotchi and iD that i bought for my birthday/christmas arrived recently! I got my meets in the mail a month or so ago as well!!
  28. 3 points
    I'm actually a pretty avid video game prototype researcher (Spyro 3's my game of choice, I've spent probably thousands of hours documenting it at this point lmao), but I had no idea prototype Tamagotchis were given out in the 90s! I have seen some images of prototype models though, but I'm not exactly sure where they came from. I really hope efforts have been made to preserve those builds and we can see more of them in the future. Sometimes these things get destroyed to avoid leaks, so I really hope this isn't one of those times. I do remember someone claiming to have a Music Star World Tour Edition prototype back in 2010 but considering they never showed anything of it and Bandai claimed to have never even started production on that version, it feels like a "my dad works at Bandai" situation. Still though, it'd be cool if the design documents and any prototype versions they might have made for this version eventually surface. I suppose after the Spaceworld 97 leak, pretty much anything can happen. I'm glad you're enjoying it! Performing a ROM test counts as resetting the Tamagotchi, so if you decide to do it you'll lose any progress you've made. To perform a ROM test, the A, B and C buttons need to be held down, and while they're held down the reset button needs to be pressed. The first part of the process is a screen test - this tests all the pixels are working, and pressing the buttons will alternate between different pixels being displayed. After this, the ROM version will be displayed on screen. It'll say something like "VER: A4". Then the words "ROM TEST" will display on screen and it'll start checking the ROM for any errors, and then there's a connection test too. The only part of this process that's important to me is the ROM version, since the rest is just about what faults the individual Tamagotchi might have. As for other things to look out for, first and foremost I'd like to know the region and shell design of the Tamagotchi. This is to help track if different versions were released in different waves, and to see what regional differences there are. I think you mentioned both of yours were UK versions, though sometimes US versions were released in the UK so I guess the date format should probably be checked just to be sure. If I recall correctly, there was also an incident when the Music Star released in the US where they accidentally packaged the US shells with the European ROMs and they ended up displaying the wrong date format, so I guess even things like regions aren't quite so cut and dry. As for other things I'm looking for, I'm mostly looking for any other general differences you might have noticed. It's hard to pin point exactly what these are when the differences might be subtle - for example, the V4 released in several waves to fix some of the bugs present in the earlier releases. How do you track something like this? For all you know, your not-glitchy model might have been one with the glitches present but you just never ran into any. The glitches are the only version difference I'm aware of on the V4, though I think - and I might be thinking of the wrong V3 - that in some versions, the food menu wouldn't display item names, and sometimes it would. So I guess whether the food items have names is one thing to look out for. V2 has some more obvious differences. I think the food names thing I mentioned is also present on the V2 in the treat menu, for starters. But also, a few of the items changed names completely between different builds - costume became stuffed animal, diet soda became soda, bubbles became tools, hair potion became hair gel, love potion became honey, that sort of thing. There might be more that I haven't noticed, but those are the ones I know about, so if you could find out he names for any of those items it'd be really useful too! I feel like there's probably a bunch of differences nobody's ever really noticed yet, too - most people only have one or two of each version, so there's probably been plenty of instances of subtle changes that nobody ever really talked about because they don't have anything to compare it to. Like, apparently the time at which a V1's age increases is different between different versions of the device, idk how anyone managed to find that out haha. Hopefully we can discover some of those differences!
  29. 3 points
    Yes, I do. Sometimes it takes years for prototype toys or games to surface again after being seen at trade-shows or in other venues, but they may very well do at some point. These things certainly aren't always lost. In the specific case of Tamagotchis, we know how there were prototypes given out to Japanese high-school kids for them to test the product in the late 1990s - this is one avenue by which these things find their way into the wild. I know of stories of Atari 2600 video game prototypes showing up in US thrift-stores, for example (and we're talking years or decades after that system's heyday, here) - these things can pop up in the most unexpected of places! It's just a matter of whether or not you can track them down, and where to start with doing that. They could've ended up with, say, a former employee, or with a collector who knows one, or something like that, or they could've been sent out to product-testers or review panels. Or maybe they're in a warehouse, or goodness knows where. Sometimes such prototypes inexplicably pop up on eBay, too. Keep an eye out and persevere! Please do! I don't have anything useful to contribute here (I'm not a fan of the Connexion line, and only have two - a UK V2 and a UK V4; Still, if you can tell me how to perform a ROM Test and anything else that you'd like to be checked, I'll put batteries in them both and do so), but I am thoroughly enjoying reading the updates to this thread.
  30. 3 points
    A few small updates: Firstly, it turns out some Ketais have the ROM version 6.1. I haven't found much else about ROM versions and version differences in Japanese models, so any help with those would be greatly appreciated. It looks like the Japanese models might have continued using the numbered version notation the Plus / V1 used: Plus / V1: 0.0, 2.0, 2.1, 4.0, 4.2 Keitai: 6.1 Famitama / V5: 34.1 I guess we'll see if the pattern continues as we collect more version numbers. Another thing I thought it might be insightful to mention is the prototype version of the Tama-Go: If you were around for the build up to Tama-Go's release you might remember that the shell designs completely changed. Firstly, the shells seen here used a more of a matte colouring scheme than the glossy shells we got in the final version. The faceplates were entirely different (I think I prefer these faceplates), the bases of the figures shown are more translucent than the final design of the lite figures, the packaging is a little different and it looks like the IR slot is transparent here (the three Tama-gos which aren't in use have completely opaque IR slots, I think they might just be mock-up models though. The pink one also seems to be missing part of its top). Even the figures got prototype models! Gorippatchi never got her own figure. I wonder if this one is a functional figure, or just another mock-up? We'll see in a bit that it's probably the latter. There's also another image of a Mamametchi figure, which also never got released. Memetchi's seen here again, but with a different design to the one in the previous image. I don't think this figure design was ever released. This last image is of particular interest to me. First and foremost, we can see that despite the figure clearly being on, the device has other ideas. In a video of the event we also see that no "Welcome!" image comes up when the figure is placed on the Tamagotchi. I guess that either confirms the figures being mock-ups or the device still not being fully programmed as of yet. You might also notice it says "cartridge" instead of "character". I'm really curious about this - I wonder what other differences this version contained? Do you think these prototype Tama-Go models still exist somewhere in the world? Or, indeed, any other prototype Tamagotchis? If people want, I could continue updating this thread with interesting stuff about version differences as I learn more. That's kind of what this project is, after all - an attempt to document all the different versions that were released.
  31. 3 points
    hwd45 gave an EXCELLENT run down for all the requirements, and then even more than that. I can only give a few corrections here and there: NOT similar to the v3 at all, and has in fact LESS things to do. Only similarity is the shell and some characters. Pretty sure it has less characters too. But it does have some unique functions. That's more accurate than above, though to me v4/v4.5 and Entama and UraTama are completely uncomparable units, aside from their shells and some characters. There is about the same amount of things to do between them, some features are removed, some added. Oden-kun functionality wise is similar to either Tamagotchi Plus or Keitai, I don't exactly remember. It's also worth nothing that aside from the buyable pierces, the P's also has custom downloadable deco pierces created by the community, called VDPs. They consist of completely new and original content as well as translated, fully-free content from the pierces. You can see VDPs here: http://mrblinky.net/tama/vdp/ Of course, there is also a english patch. 4U/4U+ has an NFC connection function, HOWEVER not every NFC phone is compatible with it, only a few models work. Also, the original app has been long discontinued, Mr Blinky's translated and improved app is still running however. In general the iD, iD L and P's line have introduced IRDA downloads, all you need is an old phone with IRDA compatibility to get brand new content on these devices. I'd urge to look at Tamagotchi Wiki pages on them. I could write a comprehensive guide of all the differences of color versions but right now I have no time, HOWEVER there's a handy guide, I wish it was passed around more than it is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eDsMjBL2_gl7dOHoB3VqZurn7dFgszCp/view
  32. 3 points
  33. 2 points
    Yay. I'm logging again (for now). At best, I'll be able to do it until I start my new job.
  34. 2 points
    As you might know, when performing a ROM Test on one of the connection-era Tamagotchis you're briefly shown a number representing some sort of ROM version for your Tamagotchi. I'm really into things like game development and version differences so naturally hearing that there were a bunch of different version numbers for Tamagotchi versions from a decade ago really piqued my interest - I figured maybe this would help me figure out why there were some more subtle differences between different Tamagotchi versions, too, like how some Tamagotchi models call that one item "Love Potion" while others call it "Honey". This motivated me to try and document the different ROM versions and how they might affect the gameplay, and try to understand the numbering conventions used in this process, too. I've done a bit of digging and this a list of the version numbers I've found so far: V1: 2.0, 2.1, 4.2, A4 V2: 4.2, A3, A4, A5 V3: A3 0, A3 2 V4: A4.2U, A4.3E, A4.5E V4.5: A4.5-3E V5: 34.1 V6: 6.0 00 32.0 0, 6.0 01 32.0 0 V7: 7.0 01 32.0 V8: 8.0 00 I obviously can't ask others to perform a ROM Test for the sake of research since it resets the Tamagotchi's data, but if anyone else has ROM tested one of their Tamagotchis in the past and you remember anything about the Tamagotchi's version number I'd love to hear more about it. Ideally, if you can also recall the model version (i.e. V1, V2, V3 etc.), shell design (the differences might relate to the different waves that were released), the region (USA / Europe / Asia-Pacific / Japan) and any other version differences (like changed item names such as Tools / Bubbles, Hair Gel / Hair Potion, Honey / Love Potion, Stuffed Animal / Costume) then that'd be really helpful to me! I'm also looking into the ROM versions of other Tamagotchis not listed above since I figure they probably use similar conventions (V5.5, V9, Plus, Keitai, Akai, Entama, Uratama, Oden-Kun, Hanerutchi 1/2). If you don't have anything to add that's obviously fine - I just hope others find this to be an interesting topic, too! Thanks in advance!
  35. 2 points
    I came across the following tweet and started to wonder what the current state of Tamagotchi is out in the world. I suppose virtual pet fans are in something of a bubble nowadays where it is easy to surround yourself (on forums, social media, etc) with people who like the same things. But what is it like out in real life? What do people around you think of your Tamagotchi? Do you all hide your Tamagotchi from others? There is no denying that it is not as popular as in the past... But there are still lots out there in use and still being sold... Or am I completely wrong?
  36. 2 points
    When I have an active one I keep it on my belt loop and don't draw attention to it unless others notice first, but once one of my teachers got really excited and asked to see my tamagotchi, and when I got some in the mail once my stepdad said "Don't you have enough of those yet?" but he didn't seem to be upset, just teasing me. Most people don't seem to care about them for the most part, though. Actually, once during DnD my tamagotchi beeped and someone at the table said "We need to get you a hobby," but... Oh well, lol.
  37. 2 points
    I keep falling off of here haha! Good to see you guys again!
  38. 2 points
    Raising a Magical Meets, Sanrio M!x, and a Gudetama is certainly a handful 😅
  39. 2 points
    http://www.ginjirotchi.ca/entama.html this one works reliably for me!
  40. 2 points
    Yeah, just like the Hong Kong Tamagotchi Plus - the packaging looks identical to the Japanese one but PRETTY sure it is in english. I think th Hong Kong P1s are in english too but I think those have an American - style package if I'm not mistaken. Also English iD L had the original packaging (albeit desaturated into white) while the unit was English. The thing about consoles and games is true too. While Wonderswan was a Japanese-exclusive console (to my knowledge), Hong Kong cartridges for it were in English.
  41. 2 points
    One more ROM version confirmed: the Oden-Kun uses version 0.2. Little bit surprised, really. So far the Japanese versions have been going upwards in a mostly linear fashion (0.0, 6.1, 8.0, 14.1, 14.5, 16.0, 18.0), so I wonder why they started so low for this version? I assume it's because it was such a dramatic departure from the previous Entama versions that they felt it necessary to start from 0. But why 0.2? I think I'm probably gonna start doing some more research into the V1 if possible. I really want to figure out what the differences between all those different versions are! If you've got a V1 and you know its ROM version you could be of a lot of help to me - there's a bunch of differences I wanna check. --- Did you know? The Tama-Go has a whole bunch of unused characters. If you go back to threads from 2010, you might find people talking about characters appearing on their Tama-Go that weren't raiseable. If the figure is incorrectly placed on top - for example by putting on the figure, quickly taking it off and switching it out for another one, the data corrupts and you start seeing sprites that you're not supposed to see. As it turns out, a lot of those sprites are of characters other than the ones normally obtainable wearing the items of clothing that some of the figures offer. When Natalie Silvanovich dumped the Tama-Go's ROM as well as a few of the figure ROMs, it was discovered that the Tama-Go contains a full set of animation sprites for 18 unobtainable characters, on top of the 36 normal characters and Nazotchi. Every figure contains all the sprites necessary for these characters to use the features of the figure. The characters are as follows: Pachikutchi Pichikutchi Hanepatchi Sakuramotchi Obotchi Ojyotchi Sukatchi Togetchi Debatchi Androtchi Paparatchi Kabukitchi Mimitchi Maidtchi Yattatchi Pukatchi Masktchi Ponytchi Why are these characters even here? There's a few possibilities - first off, these could have been characters that were planned to be used but got cut. When looking for secret characters in the code of the Tama-Go, Natalie noted the following: So, there's some evidence in the code that maybe these characters were used at some point but cut from the growth chart. As far as I know though, the characters are not raiseable via debug mode - unlike every other character, none of their character names are contained in the sprite set. Even Nazotchi's name has its own sprite. In fact, this sprite is duplicated for some reason. Maybe if the unused characters are accessed they use the duplicate Nazotchi label? On the other hand, the characters could have been planned to be on a "Tama-Go 2", or a V7.5. Including the sprite sheets in the Tama-Go would mean it wouldn't need to use Nazotchi sprites when connecting with a future version containing these characters (though this doesn't explain why the Tama-Go contains sprites for animations that it'll never need to show, like the close-up animations). Furthermore, the figures could contain the sprites to future-proof them - the figures need to contain the sprites of whatever Tamagotchi character is going to be using its games and items. If it doesn't, the figure won't be compatible with that character, and by extension it probably won't be compatible with that version. Indeed, there are even sprites in the Tama-Go which would've been used had more figures been released after the V7: Apparently this would show up occasionally if the figure isn't working properly. While looking through the sprites I found this, too, which I assume is unused: Pause-debug perhaps? The Tama-Go continues to fascinate me with its mysteries! What thoughts do you have about why these characters might be here?
  42. 2 points
    There is a movie where Tamagotchi characters meet a human girl. They are fairly large.
  43. 2 points
    I may have found where the diet soda came from. This item on the keitai called "diet pills" this was the Japanese equivalent to the v2.
  44. 2 points
    I feel like the V1 regional differences are the result of poor wording or mistranslation or something. "Style" is such an unusual phrase to use as a substitute for "gender", and "Gene." is a really weird way to abbreviate the word. There's other unusual wording choices, too, and considering the fact that US ROMs are later than the rest (those are the version numbers 4.0 and 4.2) and that this wording was what stuck in later versions, it feels like that's even more evidence that it wasn't really a regional choice. Similarly early versions of the V2 have differently named items which arguably sound a lot weirder than their final versions, as far as I know even the international versions were developed in Japan so this could again be due to translation issues. I guess they kept the wording for the region change feature for testing purposes, or something.
  45. 2 points
    That's not just opinion - it's a fact! The voltage drops off quicker with rechargeables (and, at 1.2v, is lower than the 1.5v initially provided by non-rechargable batteries), so they're not as useful for certain applications. That's why manufacturers of certain device categories, toys, and so on, recommend against using them in their products. It'll certainly save you money, and they're better for the environment. There's a page with good information on the topic here: https://michaelbluejay.com/batteries/rechargeable.html The relevant part is about NiMH rechargeables, since that's what you're most likely to encounter.
  46. 2 points
    I know this isn’t a rectangle, but the Yuruppy has a touch screen and metal contacts on top: These were also released under a few other names. I don’t have one and can’t find any videos of it so idk if the minigames match.
  47. 2 points
    The browned out thing is normal, it just means it's dirty. You can clean it by one of the options in the treasure chest I believe (3rd if I'm not mistaken) As for battery life, yes, some people have been reporting this problem. It's most likely related to inclusion of Bluetooth technology in such a small 2xAAA battery operated toy.
  48. 2 points
    Hi again! Cake cruised along pretty well yesterday, and has evolved into an Ichigotchi for her Teenager stage! I think that Ichigotchi suits Cake's name very well, since you often see a lot of strawberries on cakes! I actually saw a cake with strawberries on it today, coincidentally. I had only a couple of slip-ups since last post. The most prominent of them was when I let Cake's hearts fall to two on each meter shortly after she became an Ichigotchi. As a result I doubt I can get Mametchi for the adult stage - it'll likely be Kuchipatchi unless I do any more mistakes. However I do welcome this, because I get Mametchi a lot and Kuchipatchi not nearly as much on my other Tamas. Additionally, Kuchipatchi would suit Cake's name better since Kuchipatchi would eat 10 cakes a day! Indeed, Kuchipatchi would be a good representation of the gluttonous behaviour of humankind at Christmas time. Either way, I will see in a few more days. Cake is already 3 years old because I accidentally had the clock set on the wrong time and she fell asleep early yesterday afternoon. As a result I changed the time and woke her up again, aging her by a year. But oh well, it's not like the Version 1's age counter is the most reliable anyway. Time for stats! Stats for Cake (Version 1, Black shell) Hunger: 4/4 hearts Happiness: 4/4 hearts Training: 6/9 bars Age: 3 years Weight: 24 lb Gender: Girl Generation: 1G Stage: Teenager Evolution: ShiroBabytchi > Marutchi > Ichigotchi ~ Thanks again for reading, and have a happy Boxing Day!
  49. 2 points
    Not today, but this is what I recently got in the mail:
  50. 2 points
    Heck new tamatalk looks snazzy!!!