Is Bandai killing off Tamagotchi?Just think about it, it's been 2 months already and they barely cared about the 20th anniversary, they just released a new version of the M!X, a vintage themed gashapon line and they're going to rerelease the Chibi in April, a version made 12 years ago, if they really wanted to rerelease a product with outdated technology, why not the original Tama?That's what they're doing with Digimon's 20th, and the rerelease of the first Digimon will also include new content I know.
I wanted to see stuff like figures, clothing for adults, gashapon, plushies of old school characters and Connection characters and maybe the anime on DVD, the anime is only available on rental DVDs, they just made some character themed DVDs and nothing more.
Why is Bandai barely caring of their most important franchise' anniversary?I mean, Digimon got way more stuff for its anime's 15th anniversary and is getting more for the virtual pet's 20th as well, I mean, Digimon was so unrelevant around the Tama Connection era, they stopped making anime and only made a bunch of PSP videogames meant for a specific target, the old school fans.Tamagotchi made way more money in the Connection AND iD era, plus, the first Tamas saved Bandai from bankrupt, and what are they doing instead?Closing the last Tama Depa and releasing an old product.I was so excited when I knew about a new Tamagotchi movie, which honestly was a great idea to celebrate the anniversary, and then I knew it was just a short for the Cocotama movie.
Yeah, Cocotama, something so nice that reminds me of the old anime I grew up with but Bandai made me hate it, how can they care more about a 1 year old franchise?I know it sells well and the anime is nice but why would they ignore Tamagotchi for Cocotama?Each product belongs to its times, like Sanrio anime shows, first there was My Melody, then Jewelpet, now Fairilu.Before there was Sailor Moon and little girls from the 90's grew up with that, now little girls are growing up with Precure, I get it, each generation has its stuff, but Tamagotchi lasted for so many years and it's been part of many kids' childhood, kids from the 90's, 2000's and 2010's, it's a multigenerational product that sold well for years, kinda like Doraemon, Anpanman and Maruko-Chan (even if it's not as old), anime which came out around the same time as Doraemon and Anpanman but didn't last so much may be unknown for modern generations, but Doraemon, Anpanman and Maruko are and lasted for years, it's the same thing for Tamagotchi, while other products made around the same time may be unknown to new generations, Tamagotchi has been relevant for many years, but Bandai really wants to kill it off on its 20th anniversary and prefer something new...it seems like Bandai really wants to ignore the stuff I like, I mean, they preferred to celebrate Digimon instead of Ojamajo Doremi which barely got anything for its 15th anniversary, kinda pisses me off since Ojamajo Doremi is much better than that overrated Sailor Moon.
What Bandai should do to make the Tamagotchi popular again is to make a new revolutionary Tamagotchi, the Plus Color was a big thing back in 2008, why don't they make something REALLY new?Have you seen stuff like the Jewelpet Jewel Watch by Sega Toys?The Fairilu Camera by Takara Tomy?Or even the Precure Linkle Smartbook by Bandai itself?Don't you see they have a much better technology than stuff like the 4U and M!X?Better animations, more detailed graphic, more features and touch screen, Bandai should seriously make a Tamagotchi with touch screen and new features to make the product popular again.This is how I would make it.
Size about the Kakeibo, but thicker, thick like the Linkle Smartbook, I'd also include the fake antenna like the Kakeibo which contains a stylus inside, screen about the same size of the Linkle Smartbook, the graphic can even be less detailed than the Linkle Smartbook, but should be an improvement over the overused iD L graphic and sprites.I'd include some voiced parts like the Linkle Smartbook, like the character saying "good morning", "hello" and "tasty".The Tama can be turned off when you don't play it, because something like that can't be on for 24 hours, but it can still make the alarm call when it's off and it'd include a led which brights up when the Tamagotchi needs something, which already happened before for the Game Boy version of Tamagotchi Osutchi Mesutchi, and another led with a toilet icon which will inform you if your Tamagotchi pooped.It could also include more complex minigames and a cooking function, where you can cook for your Tama with your stylus kinda like Cooking Mama with the items you can get with the gardening feature.
I'd also include a successor to the pierces.I honestly think if Bandai would make a new revolutionary Tamagotchi with new interesting features with less outdated technology it could make the toy popular again, but apparently they prefer the outdated iD L technology.