I remember when the very first Tamagotchi came out in 1996. They were all the rage for a while, then like other fads (think rubiks cubes), they are now gathering dust in the back of wardrobes.
However, they did not fade away, like many people think. They have continued to be hugely popular in Japan, and have spawned models such as the Santagauch, a Christmas/Santa themed Tamagotchi, and the TamaOtch, a movie star Tamagotchi named after the the Japanese actress Tamao Nakamura.
I must admit to having a Tamagotchi about 3 years ago. When I was leading a tour in Japan, an American couple on my tour bought one for their young daughter. As it was all in Japanese, I kindly volunteered to give it a ‘test run’ so I could then translate it for them. After seeing how much I enjoyed this, they then bought me one as a gift.
I received an email from another couple recently who had bought the latest model for their daughter. Looks like I am going to have to get an upgrade!!