On the subject of broken virtual pets, can someone tell me if mine can be fixed? A few months ago, I took out my purple Tamagotchi from way back when they first came out and tried to play with it, but one (or two; I forget) of the buttons wouldn't work so I couldn't set the time, so it couldn't hatch. The pulsating egg displays on the screen just fine, though.
Not such a problem if I can't get that fixed because I managed to get a special edition Hong Kong red one from a gift shop that had lots of those left over (still does) and the new ones that just came out are much better with their new animations and a real pause feature anyway, but I have the same problem with some other virtual pets of mine that I can't get anymore (and am not willing to play an arm and a leg for). Purple looks better than red anyway^^
I had kept the purple Tamagotchi in its orignal packaging, so I had assumed that even though the packaging for the other pets I had were thrown out (they had to be; they weren't the box kind that I could just close and open again and again), the Tamagotchi would fare better stored away than they would. My Keroppi pet, also kept in its orignal packaging, works fine, but it's also the most boring battery operated toy I've ever played with.