English color-screen Tamagotchi is being worked on

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English color-screen Tamagotchi is being worked on

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21 Apr 2015, 12:03 #1

The official Tamagotchi Friends US FaceBook page, which is run by the same person who manages the Tamagotchi Friends site, revealed that Bandai US is working on a color-screen Tamagotchi as we speak and is planned for release in 2016. However, there are chances that they will be unable to release it or retailers will refuse to sell it, just like what happened to the Tamagotchi Friends: Dream Town edition.

Here are comments from the Tamagotchi Friends FaceBook page:

"Tamagotchi is one of our core brands. So we are continuing to focus on it - mostly in Japan. But we have not given up here in the States. We are presently working on a new version we plan to release next year. As much as I would love to commit to next year, I can't. We need to make sure the product is the right one for the market and if it's not ready next year, we won't release it as we want to do it right. And even when we do have the product then we need to get retailer support. Based on the product I'm seeing, I think there will be one next year. We all want that. So I understand your frustration, please believe we have NOT given up on Tamagotchi in the US!"

"There are plans for more Tamagotchis in the US and we agree about a color device success. That's why we're working on one right now. But it won't be this year unfortunately. Planning for next year "

Also, previously, someone asked if the 4U would be released in English and Tamagotchi Friends responded along these lines: "No sorry, but next year we hope to have something even better!"

What do you guys think of this news?

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21 Apr 2015, 12:39 #2

I dunno...I mean in my opinion the Tamagotchi celebrity and every version before it was amazing. Anything after it pretty much went downhill. If Bandai wants this tamagotchi to be a success they need to make major changes. I would say they should look at the creativity from the v3 up until the v5 celebrity and toss around ideas. Because if this US color version is anything like the Tamagotchi Friends or Tama-Go, I'll just stick to the Japanese versions

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Also they need to tone down the girliness and make it more gender neutral
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21 Apr 2015, 14:34 #3

I think they'll stick to orienting it towards young girls, the same audience as most modern Japanese Tamagotchis are. Plus, they already brought back Tamagotchi (as Tamagotchi Friends) and promoted it towards girls, so it would be weird to suddenly become "gender-neutral" the year after.

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21 Apr 2015, 15:29 #4

I'll just repost what I said in the Tamagotchi Friends: Dream Town thread.

I'm going to take the Bandai rep's word with a grain of salt though because remember this is the same rep that told us multiple times that they were currently in T.J.Maxx and Marshalls stores. They may have every intention of releasing a color Tamagotchi in the US next year but for all we know plans could have changed or could still change between now and then. At least for now, we have what's left of these Tamagotchi Friends. cooltoysforless seems to have a plentiful supply of them from Bandai, so it looks like they'll at least be around in all of the shells for the rest of the month.
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21 Apr 2015, 18:41 #5

SamJJE101 @ Apr 21 2015, 05:29 PM wrote: I'll just repost what I said in the Tamagotchi Friends: Dream Town thread.

I'm going to take the Bandai rep's word with a grain of salt though because remember this is the same rep that told us multiple times that they were currently in T.J.Maxx and Marshalls stores. They may have every intention of releasing a color Tamagotchi in the US next year but for all we know plans could have changed or could still change between now and then. At least for now, we have what's left of these Tamagotchi Friends. cooltoysforless seems to have a plentiful supply of them from Bandai, so it looks like they'll at least be around in all of the shells for the rest of the month.
If they would have said it last year I'd say it would definetively the P's. Because there is a
US patent for it I found quite a while ago. (Sorry forgot to share it with you guys)

Now I'm not so sure because of IR communications. If they ignore the IR transfers from PC and just focus on P's to P's communication it could still be what they are ' working on'.

But considering the amount of time it takes to localise them. they may have switched/will switch their focus to 'working on' the 4U simply because NFC is cheap and good for promotions (touchspots) and in a year there will be even more compatible NFC android devices then there currently already are (US devices are more compatible then in other regions except Japan ofcourse)

But if 'working on' a color Tamagotchi will ever get to a release remains to be seen. In the end it is all about making money and looking at what is happening with the Wave 3 Tamagotchi Friends. I'd say there is no room for another Tamagotchi for a couple of years. Especially one thats going to be twice expensive as the current one (expecting a &#036;40-&#036;60 price for color tamagotchi)

I'm not an marketing expert and so I could (and hope to) be wrong.
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06 Jul 2015, 03:37 #6

PerotchiDreamer @ Apr 21 2015, 08:34 AM wrote: I think they'll stick to orienting it towards young girls, the same audience as most modern Japanese Tamagotchis are. Plus, they already brought back Tamagotchi (as Tamagotchi Friends) and promoted it towards girls, so it would be weird to suddenly become "gender-neutral" the year after.
I understand what you are saying, but I have to disagree with you. I don't think that's a fair statement. Tamagotchi used to be gender neutral. Honestly it being targeted toward one gender is sort of cutting the people who buy it in half. When did Tamagotchi go to only girls? Well as I recall the Tama-Go's had both genders in the commercial. All I'm trying to say is that they suddenly targeted girls the version after.

Sadly I do think they will be targeted towards girlslike they are in Japan. I hope they at least have gender neutral packaging.
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07 Jul 2015, 12:45 #7

This is good news but I feel like it would end up being half the quality of the japanese ones. They just dont put that much effort into making them fun like the connection series. I'd be fine if they'd just make copies of the japanese ones with features we can easily access like better NFC options.
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04 Oct 2015, 06:02 #8

I think it would be awesome even if it was very similar to a 4U+ but this time in English :D
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06 Mar 2016, 23:38 #9

I don't think there will be an Offical English color release anytime soon. Yes Bandai America has plans for a color Tamagotchi and they have even patents filed for the Tamagotchi P's in 2014. but it's not a good time for a color release now.

If the P's was released now it would be bad for PR and support as it relies on old infrared IrDA technology (that's even obselete in Windows 10 now).

If the 4U/4U+ was released it would be bad too as it relies too much on NFC downloads which is only supported by a relatively small number of android devices.

I think the best chance for a US color tamagotchi release would be when the next Japanese color tamagotchi uses (low power) bluetooth which is supported by most devices nowadays. But it may take several years before we see a Japanese color tamagotchi with bluetooth. The next tamagotchi will most likely still use NFC while Bandai/Wiz R&D will work on bluetooth support.

I hope I didn't shatter anyone's dream now. I could be very wrong!

I'm only sure about the fact that you can patch your Japanese P's fully into English very soon now! and posibly your 4U/4+ in the future too!
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