Tamagotchi is a legendary brand spawned by the brains at Bandai Namco, with the goal of bringing a virtual pet to your pocket. They were all the rage when I was a kid – I still have my old one with my name scribbled on the back of it on my keys – but their ubiquity has faded quite a bit.
The Tamagotchi On sought to revive that old magic, with a colour screen, a now-defunct app, and other features. While it wasn’t quite the smash hit of the original, it did aim to bring Tamagotchi into the modern day and succeeded to a certain extent. Even without the mega sales of old, it’s still a pretty cool device.
To check out all the other available virtual pets from Bandai Namco, we’ve got guides for Tamagotchi original, Tamagotchi Smart, Tamagotchi Hello Kitty, and Tamagotchi Pix devices. Or if you’re looking for something a little bit less fantastical, we’ve also got guides to the best dog games and cat games on Switch and mobile.
Tamagotchi On colours and designs
The colour-screened Tamagotchi On doesn’t overflow with colour variations – rather there are only four to choose from. With Magic Green, Magic Purple, Fairy Pink, and Fairy Blue, choosing isn’t going to be the longest job in the world. The plastic eggshell shape is extra glittery this time around, however. Other versions may be available in different regions, but these are the main four available worldwide.
Tamagotchi On cases and screen protectors
If you’re going to spend all this time rearing a cute little virtual pet, you’re going to want to keep their house safe. Check out all of our top picks for cases and screen protectors below, so you can be sure that your pet is as safe (as long as you remember to look after it!).
Tamagotchi On app
The Tamagotchi On app lets you take your current pet out to the park, take them down to the Tama Party to find a partner, and meet up with your friends. This helps bring Tamagotchi into the modern day, letting your favourite friends make new ones. Sadly, the Tamagotchi On app was discontinued on August 31, 2022.
Tamagotchi On characters
The Tamagotchi fandom is undeniably passionate, detailing all the different Tamagotchi On characters and the various ways you can obtain them. This applies to all the different versions, too, so you can make sure you know exactly what you need to do to get your favourite.
That’s all the Tamagotchi On details we’ve got today. For more blasts from the past, check out our favourite retro games on Switch and mobile.