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  1. A user in the Tamagotchi discord recently found some Tamagotchi patent files and digging through them revealed quite a number of interesting things!
  2. Now we're in a place where, by my count, pretty much all Connection / Plus releases have at least one known ROM version associated with them, I thought I'd do a big update on all the known ROM versions so far across the entire Tamagotchi series. I've also got something else concerning the development of Tamagotchis which I'll be making a post about soon, but we'll get to that later. The Test Mode was actually still present as far back as the Vintage releases (activated by pressing A+Reset on these versions), but the version number was not part of this mode. The first version to present the player with information about the firmware of the device was the V1: Tamagotchi Plus / Tamagotchi Connection / Tamagotchi Connexion and Deka Tamagotchi The V1 is probably the version that has been researched the most, due to its wide range of version differences. The following are all the versions that have been observed on a V1 so far, with a description of each version: 0.0 - Tamagotchi Plus By the looks of it, this is the only ROM version that ordinary Tamagotchi Plus devices use. 0.1 - Tamagotchi Plus GLAY Expo Edition A special edition of the Plus with a unique character replacing the characters that the Matchmaker normally brings. 2.0 - Tamagotchi Connexion The earliest wave of European and Australian shells used this version. 2.1 - Tamagotchi Connexion Later releases used this version. 2.3 - Tamagotchi Connexion Has so far only been observed via the region change procedure on a device with ROM version 4.1 - it is currently unknown if any devices run this version without region changing. 3.0 - Deka Tamagotchi (Unreleased English Version) Behaves exactly like a Deka Tamagotchi but in English. Can only be accessed by performing the region change procedure on a device with ROM version 4.2. 4.0 - Tamagotchi Connection Used by the earliest batch of American shells. 4.1 - Tamagotchi Connection Later batches of the first wave of shells used this version. 4.2 - Tamagotchi Connection Later waves used this version. Missing versions A Spanish version is known to exist, but its ROM version has not yet been identified. Version 2.3 is yet to be observed without region changing, and it is thought that version 2.2 also exists but has not been seen yet. Later batches of European and Australian shells are most likely to feature new ROM versions - in fact, just today I noticed that some European V1s used the same plastic packaging as the V2 while others don't - the only difference is that the V2 packaging has a slightly raised region around where it says "Version 2", while the original V1 packaging does not feature this as there is no corresponding label for "Version 1". The current plan is to keep checking the version on more devices in case any of them feature new version numbers. The original Deka Tamagotchi is understood to have ROM version 1.0, but no device has been checked to prove this yet. Later International Releases (2005 - 2008) A.2 - Tamagotchi Connection V2 Early releases of the US version of the V2 - though, for unknown reasons, these devices were released in Europe instead and the US release date for the V2 was pushed from March 2005 to June 2005. In addition, the "first wave" was replaced with a new first wave of shells when the V2 released in the US. A.3 - Tamagotchi Connexion Version 2 Early releases of the European version of the V2 used this version. Both A.2 and A.3 can be identified by the fact they use different item names - for example, "Honey" was called "Love Potion" on these early versions. A.4 - Tamagotchi Connection V2 Later US releases of the V2. A.5 - Tamagotchi Connexion Version 2 Later European and Australian releases of the V2. A.8 - Tamagotchi Connection V2 Spanish language version of the V2. Interestingly, the shell designs from the "cancelled" first wave of US shells was used for this version. A2 H - Tamagotchi Connexion Version 2 - PUMA Edition A unique version of the V2 released in Europe with a different start up animation and egg sprite. A3 0 - Tamagotchi Connection V3 Early releases of the V3 in the US. A3 2 - Tamagotchi Connection V3 Later releases of the V3 in the US. A3 3 - Tamagotchi Connexion V3 Later releases of the V3 in Europe. A4.2 U - Tamagotchi Connection V4 Early releases of the V4 in the US. A4.3 E - Tamagotchi Connexion Jinsei Version 4 Early releases of the V4 in Europe. A4.4 U - Tamagotchi Connection V4 Later releases of the V4 in the US. A4.5 E - Tamagotchi Connexion Jinsei Version 4 Later releases of the V4 in Europe. A4.7 E - Tamagotchi Connexion Jinsei Version 4 Later releases of the V4 in Europe. A4.5-2 U - Tamagotchi Connexion V4.5 US V4.5. A4.5-3 E - Tamagotchi Connexion Jinsei Plus Version 4 European V4.5. Missing versions Spanish versions of the V3, V4 and V4.5 are missing. A.6 (likely a very late US V2 version), A.7 (likely a very late European V2 version), A3 1 (likely an early European V3 version) and A4.6 (likely a late US V4 version) seem to be missing. A4.7 E was only recently discovered, which suggests there may be more rare ROM versions for other releases, too. Later Japanese Releases (2005 - 2008) The Japanese releases after the Plus continued the version numbering system it used. 6.0 - Keitai Early releases. 6.1 - Keitai Later releases. The Hello Kitty item was replaced with a Bunny. 8.0 - Hanerutchi 11.1 - Ouchi no Dekatama 12.0 - Akai 14.1 - Entama 14.5 - Entama CYOI Change 16.0 - Uratama 18.0 - Hanerutchi 2 21.2 - TamaSuku 1 23.0 - TamaSuku 2 27.2 - TamaFure 0.2 - Oden-Kun Seems to use its own version numbering, possibly filling the gap of 0.2 that comes after 0.0 and 0.1. 1.0 - Ouchi no Dekatama Game King Seems to use its own version numbering, with a version screen which differs from previous releases. Missing versions Other Dekatama versions (Dekatama Shop, Tamatama Market, Royal Market, Game Center, Jukutama) are missing. It may be the case that there exist other versions before or after those listed above, like 14.0 or 16.1. Tamagotchi Connection V5 / Tamagotchi Familitchi Connexion / Famitama 28.2 - Famitama Japanese release, first wave version. 28.3 - Famitama Japanese release, second wave version. 32.1 - Tamagotchi Connection V5 US release. 34.1 - Tamagotchi Familitchi Connexion European release. 36.0 - Royal Famitama Japanese release. 36.0 USA 00 - Tamagotchi Connection V5 Celebrity US release. 36.0 ESP 00 EU - Tamagotchi Connection V5 Celebrity Spanish language release. Missing versions The Spanish language version of the V5 is missing. 28.0, 28.1, 32.0 and 34.0 may also exist. There was also a special Otokitchi dating station in some Tamadepa stores, but it is likely that these are no longer accessible to anyone. Later International Releases (2009 - 2015) 6.0 00 32.0 0 USA - Tamagotchi Music Star Wave 1 US release, later batches - early batches were mistakenly given the European version. This screen is not pictured above as I have not yet seen a photo of its version screen. 6.0 00 32.0 0 EU - Tamagotchi Music Star Early European releases. 6.0 01 32.0 0 USA - Tamagotchi Music Star Wave 2 US release. 6.0 01 32.0 0 EU - Tamagotchi Music Star Later European releases. 7.0 01 32.0 USA - Tamatown Tama-Go US release. 8.0 00 USA - Tamagotchi Friends Wave 1 release (often called "European", but the version is a USA version) 9.0 00 USA - Tamagotchi Friends Dream Town Digital Friend US release. Missing versions Spanish Music Star, Portuguese Tama-Go, Russian Friends and wave 2 Friends. Tamagotchi Plus Color, Tamagotchi iD, Tamagotchi iDL and Tamagotchi P's (2008 - 2013) Later Japanese releases seem to use a build date instead of a decimal point sub-version. 40; 08-10-22 - Tamagotchi Plus Color 40; 08-11-14 - Tamagotchi Plus Color 42; 09-06-11 - Hexagontchi 43; 10-02-25 - Tamagotchi iD 49; 10-09-09 - Tamagotchi iD Station 50; 11-01-14 - Tamagotchi iDL 53; 12-04-30 - Tamagotchi iDL English language release. I don't know why the screen is green on this version. 54; 11-09-05 - Tamagotchi iDL 15th Anniversary 55; 11-12-22 - Tamagotchi iDL Princess Spacy Version 56; 13-01-06 - Tamagotchi P's Missing versions iD Spot, Conan iD, Lovely Melody iD, iDL Spot, other firmware versions of the above releases. Tamagotchi 4U, Tamagotchi 4U+, Tamagotchi M!x and Tamagotchi Meets (2014 - 2019) The version numbering was reset from 001 in the Tamagotchi 4U. 001; 14-08-14 - Tamagotchi 4U 014; 16-08-04 - Tamagotchi M!x - Melody M!x 015; 16-09-26 - Tamagotchi M!x - Anniversary M!x 021 - Tamagotchi M!x - Gift M!x I don't yet have the ROM version screen for this version, so I'm not sure what its build date is. 030; 18-10-19 - Tamagotchi Meets - Fairytale Meets 031; 18-10-19 - Tamagotchi Meets - Magical Meets Missing versions 4U+, Spacy M!x, Dream M!x, Sanrio M!x, M!x Station, Pastel Meets, Sanrio Meets, Fantasy Meets, Meets Station, Tamagotchi On, possibly more firmware versions for each? Other Devices Many other devices have firmware version numbers that do not fit the numbering schemes of the main series. 0 - P1 2018 Rerelease, Japan 1 - P1 2018 Rerelease, USA 3 - P2 2018 Rerelease, Japan 5 - P2 2018 Rerelease, USA 71.9 - Tamagotchi Nano V1 72.0 - Tamagotchi Nano V2 No, I don't know why they use these numbers, either. 11.1 - Pocket Usatama I don't currently have a photo of this screen. 0 20.1 - Gudetama Tamagotchi, Japan 2 20.2 - Gudetama Tamagotchi, USA 0 30.1 - Eevee Tamagotchi 1.0 - Tamagotchi Chibi, Japan and 1.0 - Tamagotchi Chibi 2017 Rerelease, Japan The characters differ between the different releases of the Mini, so I'm not sure why they use the same version. 2.0 - Tamagotchi Mini 2017 Rerelease, USA 1.0 - TamagoChu And, possibly my favourite ROM version screen: TAMA・P V1-00 - TamaWalkie Perhaps the P is for Pedometer? Missing versions Other mini / chibi versions, the 2019 Usatama and Usapiyo, and perhaps there's other devices too. I think I need to go and lie down after all that. I hope you all find this interesting! I'll be making the next post soon - we'll be taking a look at some Tamagotchi design documents.
  3. No, they're quite different. I think this might be what you're looking for: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/tamazone/catalog-of-meals-items-for-celebrity-v5-t19648.html Hope this helps!
  4. Unlike a lot of things like debugging and region changing, accessing the test mode actually doesn't involve taking your Tamagotchi apart at all. It's designed to be a test that they can use in the factory and so by its very nature it's not intended to be something that harms your device. However, I think a disclaimer should probably always follow any talk about ROM testing because it is still a developer feature that is not intended for the general public to use, but it doesn't involve any messing around with the hardware of the device, and I have seen literally hundreds of tests without any reports of damage to the device. I think there's a few important things to consider when accessing the test mode: Is the device debugged? In case you're uninitiated, debugging involves actually taking the device apart and messing with the circuit board. You can tell if a device is debugged as it'll have a "hyperspeed" mode activated by pressing the C button, which causes time on the device to travel a lot faster than normal. There were reports from years ago that ROM testing a debugged device could break it, but these rumours seem to be entirely unsubstantiated and recent attempts to ROM test a debugged device has shown that in reality it is actually impossible to access the test mode on such a device. Are you okay with losing your save data? Accessing the test mode by itself has no impact on your data and after accessing it you can usually pick up from where you left off, but the exception is that if you reach the "ROM TEST" part of the test mode your save data will be wiped and you'll have to start from the beginning. When entering the test mode the first few screens are intended to test the pixels and icons on the device and identify those that don't work. This is then followed by a screen showing the firmware version of the device, and after pressing a button on this screen it enters the ROM test part of the test mode. If you don't wish to lose any data then you can perform the test up until the version number screen, but I wouldn't risk it in case you accidentally press a button on this screen. If you do lose your data, no data from the software of the device is lost - it just simply acts as though you've got a brand new device, and you'll need to start from the first generation. It's basically like choosing the "RESET" option on the DOWNLOAD / RESET screen. So basically, if it's something you're considering, take the above into account, make sure it's definitely something you want to try, and maybe try it on a cheap device that you don't mind resetting first so you understand how it works. Since you mentioned the "numbers" involved I'll explain a bit - the "version number screen" I mentioned is a screen showing the version of the Tamagotchi firmware that your device is using. Two devices might both be the "V2", but they could have different firmware versions, indicating that they'll be subtly different in a few different ways. Here are the known version numbers corresponding to the V1 and the V2: V1 0.0 - Tamagotchi Plus (Japan) 0.1 - Tamagotchi Plus GLAY Expo Edition (Japan) 2.0 - Tamagotchi Connexion, first wave (Europe, Australia) 2.1 - Tamagotchi Connexion, later waves (Europe, Australia) 2.3 - Tamagotchi Connexion, unknown waves (Europe, Australia) 4.0 - Tamagotchi Connection, first wave (USA) 4.1 - Tamagotchi Connection, later first wave devices (USA) 4.2 - Tamagotchi Connection, later waves (USA) V2 A.2 - Tamagotchi Connection V2, first wave (USA devices that were shipped to Europe and Canada before the eventual release of the V2 in the USA) A.3 - Tamagotchi Connexion V2, first wave (Europe) A.4 - Tamagotchi Connection V2, later waves (USA) A.5 - Tamagotchi Connexion V2, later waves (Europe, Australia) A.8 - Tamagotchi Connection V2, Spanish version (South America) A2 H - Tamagotchi Connection V2 PUMA Edition (Europe) There are likely more versions than those listed above that have not yet been discovered. There's a video of the test mode in action here showing a V4.5 if you want to see what it looks like. The thread TamaMum linked above should also contain more details if you want more information. Hope this helps!
  5. So that's the Connection re-release rumours debunked then.
  6. Interesting! Definitely wasn't expecting it to be 21.
  7. That'd be great, thanks! Since it's a Japanese version the test mode is probably activated with just the B, C and Reset buttons.
  8. Performing the region change procedure on a V1 installed with ROM version 4.1 seems to change it to a new version - 2.3. This isn't a ROM version that had ever been encountered before, so it suggests that there might actually be quite a few more versions to encounter. 2.2, for example, is a gap in the version number list which might be filled some time soon. Perhaps there's even a version 2.4? There's been claims in the past of people having a 2.4, but no pictures have ever proven its existence. There might even be more ROM versions throughout the rest of the series, too. A4.7 E was only recently discovered after months of assuming the version 4 ended at A4.5 E, with maybe an A4.6 for the Spanish language release. Only time - and more ROM testing - will tell! Speaking of ROM testing, this entire time it's been understood that ROM tests reset your Tamagotchi's data. This isn't untrue, but most of the test mode that people call the "ROM test" actually has nothing to do with testing the ROM - checking the on-screen pixels and the firmware version come before the screen that says "ROM TEST", and as it turns out, if you never progress to the ROM test screen your data isn't lost. I'll reiterate that - when entering the test most (e.g. by pressing A, B, C and the Reset button) you're brought through a few screens showing various pixels lighting and dimming. After these screens, the firmware version is shown. On this screen, when a button is pressed, the ROM test begins. If, however, you reach the firmware version screen and press the reset button instead of progressing to the ROM test, your Tamagotchi will restart without any data loss. It's the ROM test part of the process that resets the data. This is obviously still quite risky because accidentally pressing a button on the firmware screen is enough to reset your data. If you don't believe me when I say that reaching the firmware version screen without ROM testing doesn't reset the data, try it out on a device that you wouldn't mind resetting. (I'd be tempted to dig out some of my old Tamagotchis to find their firmware versions too, but to be honest, I'd still be a bit concerned about the risk, hahaha) For those keeping track of where we have to go next, I've compiled a very rough list of the main areas of research when it comes to missing ROM versions. (Of course, we're also researching the versions we do know about to see how they differ from other versions - it turns out the many V1 versions are all very different from one another). Some of the following versions might not actually have a test mode like other devices, but most of them likely do: V1: - Spanish language release (this should also give us an indication of other missing versions - for example, if it's 4.4, then there's probably an undiscovered 4.3, too) - Later EU / AUS V1s (2.3 was recently discovered, so the existence of 2.2 or 2.4 is not totally unreasonable) - Later US V1s (there might be more undiscovered versions after 4.2) - Other region change versions (so far, 4.2 has been observed to region change to 3.0, and 4.1 to 2.3 - perhaps there's more region change versions? 4.0 has not been tested yet) Entama: - 14.0, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4 (only 14.1 and 14.5 have been observed so far) V2: - A.6, A.7 (might be Australian ROM versions) V3: - A3 1 (early EU version, potentially could be found through region changing A3 0) - Spanish language release V4: - A4.6 U (late US version) - Spanish language release V4.5: - Spanish language release V5: - 28.0, 28.1 (early JP versions) - Australian versions (might be the same as EU or US though) - 32.0 (US version) - 34.0 (EU version) - Spanish language release V5.5: - Japanese version Music Star: - 6.0 00 32.0 0 USA (wave 1 US Music Star, though some early US Music Stars mistakenly use the EU ROM) - Spanish language release Tama-Go - Portuguese language release Friends: - Wave 2 - Russian language release Other: - Store Deka Tamas - Tamasuku 1/2 - TamagoChu - Tamafure - Jukutama - Tamawalkie
  9. Either a dropped character or an internally designed one that hasn't been made "public" yet! What I think is particularly interesting is how each region seems to have one character associated with it - America gets Nyatchi, Europe gets Pochitchi, and by the looks of it the Spanish language versions get Tougyutchi. Assuming the same character is used on the Spanish V4's version number screen, the character would have appeared on the V4 before its international debut on the V4.5. The only version that released in Japan that features a character on the version screen is the V5 Celebrity / Royal Famitama, though I've not seen this ROM version screen yet (it might not even feature a character on it). The other languages that have been used - Portuguese and Russian - haven't had their characters confirmed yet, either.
  10. 8.0 is a first wave Tamagotchi Friends (haven't seen a second wave ROM test just yet) and 9.0 is from the Dream Town Friends. I guess the character on the Friends screen is some sort of updated Nyatchi sprite, but I'm not certain. I don't have a clue who the mouse is though!
  11. In case you're curious where we're up to with ROM versions now... There have been quite a few new version discoveries lately! There's a few gaps in the image where I think there's probably more versions, but it seems to be the case that most have been accounted for, now. There's a few spin-off devices which haven't been tested yet: - Store Deka Tamas - Tamasuku 1/2 - TamagoChu - Tamafure - Tamajuku - Tamawalkie These are the most likely ones to use the same version numbering that the rest of the devices use (maybe with the exception of the Tamawalkie). If you've any questions about what any of the ROM versions listed above are then I'll be happy to answer.
  12. An update to my previous post: Version 3.0 is actually not just a demo version - it's actually an unreleased Deka version. The Deka Tamagotchis were originally placed in stores and restaurants across Japan in 2004 and behaved exactly as I described above. The only key difference between these Deka devices and Version 3.0 is that the Deka Tamagotchis were in Japanese, whereas 3.0 is an English translated version, perhaps suggesting there were plans to bring the devices to the west. There was actually a wider range of characters than just Burgertchi, but in order to obtain them you had to solder some connections on the circuit board. Since the V1 uses a different circuit board to the Deka, these connections are not present on the V1 and so a lot of functionality unfortunately cannot be seen. Deka Tamagotchis also had the ability to connect with other Tamagotchis - simply connecting with the Deka while it's in its idle state will result in the following: - First, the Tamagotchi moves to the Deka and an animation will play. - Next, the Tamagotchi will return to its device bringing the Deka character along with them. - The Deka character will give the Tamagotchi an item before returning to the Deka. The items received by the Deka characters are mostly food items, often ones not seen anywhere else on the device! There's also a couple items but they don't seem to stay in the player's items list: - Tamagotchi will give the player a small Tamagotchi device. - Capsuletchi will sometimes give the player a card that says "Pt" on it and "10p" appears on the screen - perhaps this was part of a cut gotchi points feature on the V1. So apparently after all these years I'm still learning new things about what the V1 can do! I'll continue to post updates as I learn more information.
  13. I've spoken to Natashenka a few times in the past, but not since I started examining passwords. It's definitely something I'm considering for the future, though it'd be a project that requires a lot of preparation and the right equipment. Rewarding, though!
  14. And as I mentioned, the V3 doesn't have a login code. All the passwords corresponding to a given item will work every time, except for the items corresponding to parents and grandparents, travel tickets and the Tamagotchi king.
  15. This is very helpful! Saves me having to type them into my spreadsheets i see you've encountered the same xml files I did - I'm not sure why there's so many gaps but I assume an unfinished version of the xml was what was archived. Interestingly enough if you compare the ID numbers with the V4's corresponding xml, you find that items that were carried over between versions have the same ID number. This actually gives a pretty solid way of matching up the remaining items with ID numbers and only leaves a few food items ambiguous. It also leaves a lot of gaps in the ID list that have the potential to contain unused content.