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  1. The Bobo Panda Byte was by Trendmasters, and wasn't part of Tiger Electronics' Giga Pets line, so I've moved it over to Virtual Pets - General, where it will hopefully catch someone's eye. Unfortunately I've never owned one of these, but I do notice that the long-lived virtual pets site Tamenagerie suggests that the Bobo Panda Byte and the Bobo Baby Byte had similar functions - perhaps information about the Baby Byte might also be helpful for the panda? Regarding the resetting: If it does it again, it might be worth your while to take the batteries out, and use a tiny flat-head screwdriver to carefully bend the contacts upwards a little bit. Chances are that the resetting is due to an insecure connection to the batteries.
  2. The description for the device suggests that this version lacks physical buttons, so that may make it even more difficult to use, unfortunately.
  3. I've just gotten started on Kirby's Halloween Adventure (v1.3, which is the final build), which is a fan-made overhaul of Kirby's Adventure for the NES. You can tell right from the outset how much love and care has been poured into it - it's a really great piece of fan work, and a really well-made modification.
  4. With virtual pets, as in life, this is totally random - she'll definitely get a girl eventually!
  5. I've noticed this with some vintage models, too. The most likely cause is that Bandai used equivalent compatible parts at different points during the production-runs for these devices, so, hypothetically, some later models may have slightly faster processors and different speaker parts that were used once the original parts ceased production and were superseded by revised versions - it's the only logical explanation. This is also why Nintendo has a history of issuing revisions of their handheld consoles late into their lifespan - the DSi and New 3DS are examples of this. The only difference is that they try to use that as a selling-point to hook numbers-obsessives, even though the extra power is pretty much never used, and Bandai does not.
  6. He'll pass on due to old age on his own - it's just that the lifespans for certain characters on the remakes are slightly different, and I'm pretty sure that this applies to both Mametchi (Gen 1) and Mimitchi (Gen 2).
  7. It sounds like your mom's childhood virtual pet was either a RakuRaku Dino-kun (which was also sold under the English name of Dinkie Dino), or a Hitorikko. RakuRaku Dino-kun was, of course, a dinosaur, and it can be seen here. Meanwhile, the Hitorikko line was sold in several different animal variants (dinosaur, dog, fish, or chicken) - a Hitorikko pet can be seen at the bottom of this page. Please note that Hitorikkos are not Dinkie pets, but are sometimes listed alongside them because their gameplay is similar to the Dinkies. I'm not aware of any pink RakuRaku Dino-kun/Dinkie Dino shells, but as you can see, one of the available Hitorikko colours was pink with white buttons. I hope that this helps!
  8. I don't have one of the original Tamagotchi Nanos because they were never released in the UK, but I'm quite fond of the licensed ones - though admittedly I only have the Pac-Man Tamagotchi so far (but it is a very charming release that appeals to quite a wide audience, since everyone knows Pac-Man, and it's got some neat references for both long-time fans and those who are less familiar with him). I also lament the fact that the Eevee X Tamagotchi was so underproduced - I really would've liked to get one of those! The way I see it, the current Nanos are an option for folks like myself who prefer the older devices and find the colour devices too time-consuming, and who would still like to see new monochrome Tamagotchis. That also seems to allow them to experiment a bit with various gameplay elements. The fact that they're affordable like the original devices is also a big bonus - it's a big contrast to the £80 price that Amazon UK leaked on their now-revoked pre-order page for the upcoming Tamagotchi Pix! Speaking of the Pix, I don't think that the Nanos mean anything with regard to where the colour line is going - they seem to be aimed at different segments of the market. The Nanos are never going to be complex versions - they're not even as complex as the original 1990s devices and their more recent re-issues - but they're a concession to folks who prefer the simpler ones, so that's A-ok. Last but not least, regarding the amount of crossovers, my take on it is this: They're a good way of pushing the Tamagotchi brand forward, whilst also providing something for fans of various popular franchises* - and the affordability plays into this, too, since £80 devices might not push the brand in the same way. And I think that, in the apparent absence of Bandai re-releasing further 1990s versions (including those that never got English-language releases originally), this is fine - the more the merrier! *On that note, Nanos based on HAL/Nintendo's Kirby series (the Copy Abilities make this a no-brainer), and Marvel's Groot (they've spent several movies and an animated series showcasing his different forms), would be great!
  9. I think that your recollection of it stacked up extremely well considering how long ago you said that it was! I mean, I was a complete outsider to these particular toys, and I was able to find information based on your description. I can easily see why you thought that it was a watch - the concept is perfect for one. I would've flipped for something like that when I was a kid, because I find this sort of thing interesting, and I've always loved watch gadgets. As for the "boys' version", I'm going to have to agree that it must've been Skannerz - they were from the same company after all, and I can easily imagine the Argos catalogue, or similar, putting them both on the same page and pitching them as "for girls" and "for boys" versions.
  10. Amazon UK, at least, has just as many bootlegs as eBay, if not more. Is there really a regional Amazon arm that has less?
  11. Tarakotchi. He's been my favourite ever since I failed in an attempt to get a Maskutchi a few years ago and accidentally got a Tarakotchi instead - I think that he's got a lot of personality! I'm quite fond of the "ugly" Tamagotchi types in general.
  12. I will preface this by making it clear that I'm not an expert, but I did hear of a similar case before where it turned out to be the capacitors. Capacitors are an electronic component that can eventually die, and part of servicing electrical and electronic devices is to replace them every so often. I'm not saying that this is definitely the case here, just that this can be a cause of a device dying like this, just like any number of other things can be. It's unlikely to be something that you've done that's caused the problem. Your best bet is just to contact the seller. It's best not to open the device unless there's nothing that they can do to help you.
  13. I'm really glad to hear this. Stay safe!
  14. I'm really happy to see that you know what Setsubun is! Usually when people post about the non-localised holidays on the colour Tamagotchis, it's because they don't know them - or occasionally have misinterpreted them as a problem with the device. There's nothing wrong with that, of course - it's just fun to see it the other way around for once! I know that Hinamatsuri is featured on at least some devices, as well as a characterisation of the large ceremonial New Year's mochi. There are definitely others that I'm forgetting, and that doesn't even touch on the random seasonal animations.
  15. This appears to be a duplicate of an existing post, so unfortunately I'll have to lock it. We're all volunteers here, so there's no need to post the same thing more than once - just wait until someone who knows the answer spots your message.
  16. Congratulations! I'm quite fond of the Dinkies, too - I have a Dinkie Penguin/Yuki Pengin, which I got a few years ago, and it's still one of my favourites.
  17. This is a shot in the dark, but I don't suppose that you're using rechargeable batteries with the device, by any chance? I ask because, though the English version of the Tamagotchi Meets, the Tamagotchi On, can use rechargeables, apparently the Meets devices can misbehave since they're not designed for them. Long story short, the voltage on rechargeables drops off quicker, and some electronics are more tolerant of this than others - this is why toy manufacturers will often recommend only using alkaline AAs and nothing else.
  18. @iTamannadi - Thanks so much for providing the photo. I don't have a V3 (only a V2 and a V4), so I couldn't do anything like that.
  19. Am I correct in assuming that you're referring to the Tamagotchi Original/The Original Tamagotchi Generation 1 and 2 devices (which are remakes of the 1996/1997 originals), as compared to the Tamagotchi Connection Version 3 (which is from the 2000s), here? If so, then yes, the Connection line is a little bit bigger than the 1990s originals and their recent remakes. Not by too much, but they are a little bit larger.
  20. The thing is, retailers get their images from official distributors. Though prototypes being pictured does happen sometimes, the images may feature production samples instead. Moreover, the units shown in the images that Amazon was displaying match up to the patent diagrams for this device - the final version might not change very much from what we've seen.
  21. Yellowing in plastics of this age is usually caused by flame-retardant chemicals rising to the surface due to exposure to sunlight (sometimes, it doesn't even have to be long-term exposure to create this reaction). The only way that I'm aware of to whiten them, if this is the cause, is to use a solution called "RetroBrite". However, it has to be done very carefully and in a very specific way, things of this nature aren't guaranteed to work anyway, and if a sealant isn't applied then the yellowing is guaranteed to recur. Basically, there are very few options available for reversing this issue, and the ones that exist aren't in any way beginner-friendly and could be potentially dangerous. 😕
  22. I can't wait to raise my own Angry Duck Ninja and Fish-in-a-Dress!