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Bandai America Releasing the 2017 Tamagotchi Mini This Fall

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Whoa, that's incredible! Did the store have them for preorder or were they just available for sale immediately? I remember chatting with my father about how I was worried I would not be able to get the mini in-stores, and he mentioned that there would probably be a percent held back for the physical stores (which might be hard to determine for the not so bright employees). What you described doesn't sound like JouéClub did that.

 

The mini seems like an okay investment for collection purposes (which is partially my main reason for wanting it) and perhaps for those who don't have much time for a tama. Although I don't know how often it needs care, but the care is simply a button press so it is rather easy to manage. I too would like a colour version outside of Japan and I speculate that because of the success of the Tamagotchi mini - at least financially - that might just happen. Or perhaps Bandai might create something that is reminiscent of the connection models, and maybe perhaps I might find those cheap Chinese knockoffs in the Dollar Store in my country (which would be more convenient than ordering them online). My father remarked it will be interesting to see how this all turns out, and I agree with him. ^_^

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Barnes & Noble Carrying 2017 Mini!

 

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You heard it here first! Barnes & Noble, a popular book retail store in the United States is carrying the 2017 Tamagotchi Mini!

A Barnes & Noble location in Middletown Rhode Island had just posted a picture of the 2017 on their Instagram account, and we’ve done some research. We were delighted to see the 2017 Mini, or as Barnes & Noble is calling it, the Chibi Tamagotchi. Chibi is the term used in Japan to describe smaller, or shorter, in the U.S. we refer to it as the Mini as we did once it was first introduced in 2005.

The 2017 Mini, or Chibi is available at Barnes & Noble retail stores only; however the item is listed on their website. No pricing is provided, but we think its safe to say they’ll stick with the MSRP of $14.99.

Head on over to your local Barnes & Noble soon to get your hands on the 2017 Mini, you can use their website store locator too!

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Is it true that there are no games?

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Is it true that there are no games?

 

 

Correct, there are no games or even a menu. This version (Chibi) focuses mostly on the nurturing aspect and is very low maintenance.

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I heard some retailers have gotten these early so I'm going to check them out. :) (Gamestop, Barnes & Noble, Walmart)

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I convinced my father to take me to a Toysrus today and we scoured the store for Tamagotchis, in the off-chance they had them before the release date. Eventually my father asked one of the employees who seemed quite assured they would be selling on Sunday, November 5th. So I feel quite certain that at least in Toronto, if not all of Canada, the mini will only be available on its official release date.

 

Since you mentioned Gamestop, Miho, I checked our Canadian equivalent called EBGames and they did indeed have the Mini available for presell! Apparently they will be released on November 20th, way past the release date.

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I might use EBGames as a backup in case I can't get any from Toysrus. That happening is probably unlikely considering I'll at least reach the store 2-3 hours after they open on the release date and the mini hasn't been advertised in the Toyrus holiday flyer for the 2-16th. I did also check Walmart's Canadian website and "Tamagotchi" turned up nothing and neither are they present in the holiday flyer.

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Best Buy Carrying 2017 Tamagotchi Mini!

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When Bandai America announced the 2017 Tamagotchi Mini for the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi here in the United States they let us know it would be available in several retailers nationwide, but this one is truly a first.

The Tamagotchi Friends Twitter account has just confirmed that Best Buy will be carrying the 2017 Tamagotchi Mini! Although Best Buy is not known for carrying many, if any toys this is definitely a smart strategy to capture the attention and nostalgia of technology shoppers this holiday season!

The 2017 Mini should be on Best Buy shelves starting today in the United States for an MSRP of $14.99. Be sure to call your store ahead before arriving, these are currently not posted on their website. Bandai America definitely has an EXCELLENT marketing strategy here, and a wide array of retailer stores here in the United States, can you say OMGotchi?

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Oh wow Best Buy too! Not surprised by the stock thing w/ Best Buy though haha. Too bad I don't have a BB close to me, going to settle for Walmart/Gamestop.

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I can't help but find myself seriously hoping that the release of these and how popular they seem to be will bring releases of future Tamas to the US :)

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Today I headed to Toysrus straight after church to finally buy the Tamagotchi Mini. My father and brother came with me and we looked through the store, I temporarily losing them in my haste. We didn't see the mini anywhere and by the time I rejoined my father, he had asked an employee and they were anxiously checking up on it. My watch read nearly one o'clock, which I knew was nearly three hours after the store opened. Shortly an employee mentioned they would get them from the back and walked away. There was a bit of confusion on our part during the time they brought them out, as I got partial tunnel vision and my dad thought they put them somewhere else. The employee who offered to get them was at the cash register, presumably scanning the item into the computer's inventory according to my father.

 

The store's supply of Tamagotchis was assembled into two tall display racks decorated with various Tamagotchis, quite similar to pictures people took of it. The racks contained two vertical rows of Tamagotchis and I'm guessing each hook hung probably 3-5 packages. It was a sensible amount to have in a store and probably the usual supply of any product. While from memory I knew there were five designs and that they were a blue clock face, a pink clock face, orange with a label, and transparent blue, I couldn't remember the last one. Well I saw it there, white with black buttons. I had been puzzling over which two designs to get the past few days, and in a brief few seconds I decided to get the transparent blue and blue clock face (kind of irrelevant that my favorite colour is blue). After I had chosen my tamas and joined the line, a cashier waved over at us to come over to her. My new Tamagotchis were scanned, payed for, bagged, and handed to us along with the receipt of 45$ (Canadian). How did I feel? Glad that I got them and now my collection has grown by two, but my emotions had been dampened by the bad cold I picked up.

 

I've started up the transparent blue one even though I found the blue clock face to be the best of the lot. So far the Tamagotchi is cute but very simplistic as it has spent its time eating and blobbing about. It looks to be a barely changed port of the Japanese version considering the only language is "off" and "on" and both the death screen and food options are the same as the Japanese versions. It doesn't have any meters but rather will eat four rice bowls and candies and then refuse any more. It seems to lose one hungry and happy heart every hour. The instructions gave me the impression that it only needs care when it beeps, but I have a feeling that is not the case as I doubt care mistakes are a result of droppings piling up. Another thing is it has definitely broke from the standard tamagotchi growth pattern as it has been more than an hour and it is still in the babytchi stage.

 

Well, I'm sure more comprehensive information is covered by various video reviews, and those are just my thoughts for now. I will say, I really do like the transparent shell and I doubt anyone who wants to snag one in store will have any difficulty. I have a feeling the demand for the Tamagotchi Mini was satiated by the preorders.

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I think I'm going to buy one when they come out in Canadian EB Games stores on the 20th. I have several gift cards from years passed, so I'd rather use those than spend me regular money at Toys R Us (but I did see some in my local Toys R Us -- they had about 3/4 of the rack filled).

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Ordered the transparent blue chibi from Toys R Us Australia! It arrived at the warehouse on Friday and hasn't shipped yet, but fingers crossed hopefully soon.

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Went to Gamestop & Walmart yesterday, didn't have any minis. :/

My friend who works at BB told me they'll be stocking them on the 12th for anyone planning to go there. (not sure how true that is for other locations)

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I'll check EBGames on that day, then. They said they're coming out on the 20th, but they also said their dates are often wrong.

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Reserve Your 2017 Tamagotchi Mini @ Barnes & Noble

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Getting your hands on the newest 2017 Tamagotchi Mini has proven to be quite a task for many Tamagotchi fans across several countries. If you’re still looking for one in the United States this might just do the trick to help you secure one!

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Head over to the Barnes & Noble website and search for the Tamagotchi Chibi. Use the Check Store Availability button, then type in your zip code. This will show you the availability in the surrounding stores. If there are some available then you will see and IN STOCK indicator and a price. The magical button you’re looking for is the RESERVE button.

Reservations take approximately one hour to get ready, so be sure to reserve your Mini and take your time getting to the store. Reservations will be charged the store price when the item is picked-up.

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The only flaw to reserving from Barnes & Noble is that you have no choice of color from their website, we are not sure how this works out upon pick-up.

This is an excellent tool to help you secure the 2017 Mini at your local Barnes & Noble as they are currently very hard to find, and will only get worse closer to the holidays. If you have any luck using this tool and getting your Mini at Barnes & Noble then we want to hear from you!

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Thank you so much for this! Looks like they have them in stock at my local store but it's a bit far out so I'll have to plan a trip out there haha.

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I finally found one in store!!!! We went to Target last night and they had the cute little display out by the cell phone area with the holiday LOL displays. There were no packages in the display and the guy that helped search inventory said they didn't get their shipment yet and he was confused as to why their "ticker" was even out. He told me to keep checking back each day as he didn't know when they'd be arriving. I headed over to Walmart next and spoke to 4 different associates who tried to locate them in store. One person recalled seeing them near the front in the holiday toy section, but the display was MIA and not where she said it would be. They said if they were sold then that was all they had and that they were not getting more. They said they did not have any way to search the system nor would they look in the back.

 

I am blown away by how few of these tamas are actually being displayed in each store. The little rack couldn't fit more than 20 or so. In searching for them, EVERY person we encountered had no idea they were back and passersby all wanted to find one too once they overheard what we were looking for. At Target, one of the associates was looking online once she saw the display:) Third time was the charm when we headed over to Best Buy on the way home. None were on display, but when we ran into an employee, they were able to check the back and found one. They said that they can order more, but that the color they get is random. Their whole lot was the same pastel blue variation and I happy purchased one. Last week I had pre-ordered one of the hot pink ones on Amazon when they were still listed for $13, but since it says it wont arrive until around the 25th, I wanted to try and get my hands on one sooner. I am so glad I did find one and it is so unbelievably cute! Much smaller than I had imagined and I can't wait to unbox and check out gameplay.

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