Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, chances are you know what a Tamagotchi is. The digital-pet-on-a-keychain was released by video game-maker Bandai in 1996, and has since sold more than 76 million units.

The fad, however, like an unfed digital pet, has passed away in recent years. But it looks like the popular toy is getting ready to make a comeback. Bandai has announced its upcoming title for iOS and Android called Tamagotchi L.i.f.e…

From Bandai’s blog (via AppAdvice):

“The original Tamagotchi was first released 16 years ago and took the world by storm. Everyone had a Tamagotchi and loved taking care of their digital pets. The new Tamagotchi app will feature the same gameplay you know and love with a number of exciting new features!”

The upcoming app will include a “Retro Mode”, which offers features similar to the original game, as well as more advanced options and related mini games. You’ll also be able to collect Tamagotchi shells and save every pet you raise.

The studio hasn’t given an official release date for Tamagotchi L.i.f.e yet, but all of its recent blog posts have ended with “The app will be released very soon. Stay tuned!” So we’re assuming that, barring any issues, it’s not too far off.

As cool as it is that Bandai’s resurrecting its digital pet line, I have to say that I’m not really digging it. It’s far too retro. And besides, if I’m looking at downloading a digital pet app, I’m holding out for Impending/Realmac Software’s Hatch.

  • Guess i’ve been living under a rock..

    • Falk M.

      Yup. Child of the late 90’s maybe?

      • Much older.

      • Falk M.

        Rock it is then.

      • Lordthree

        These things were just little trash fad toys in the 90’s. I was way to old but I’ve got younger siblings who had them. Think ‘pet rock’ only electronic

  • Goodbye boredom, hello nostalgia!

  • I enjoyed this game as a kid. It would be a great novelty to have if they successfully released an app.

  • Falk M.

    Bring on the retro fun!

    • Jimothy

      Nice L picture.

      • Falk M.

        thank you 🙂

      • Jimothy

        I actually look like him in real life, so I think it’s a badass picture. You’re welcome. 🙂

      • Falk M.

        Pics or it didn’t happen…

      • Jimothy

        Sadly I cannot produce pictures as I have no Facebook/very public social networking.

      • Falk M.

        Fair enough 🙂

      • Jimothy

        I try to keep a low profile. My name has nothing to do with James or Timothy.

  • Tamagotchi Connection, oh god i loved it;’)

  • aleonell

    You need to stop starting articles with the intro “you must of been living under a rock” please lol

    • I hear that from Jeff too, same school I guess.

  • where is clumsy ninja??????

  • Gray

    Well, if it’s free with ads, I just might play around with this, just for the nostalgia purposes.

    Speaking of free, if anyone who reads this comment wouldn’t mind suggesting some must-have free tweaks for jailbroken phones, I’d appreciate it. Pretty much all I have is SBSettings, Activator, f.lux, and WinterBoard.

  • notewar

    Ill pass unless they incoroperate the battle mode…ooo wait thats tamagochi or digimon..im so confused!!