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  • Tamagotchi Lays Golden Eggs for Bandai Bandai reports sales of 20 million units of the new Tamagotchi today. A milestone achieved in only two years. 11.8 million of those were sold outside of Japan. Launched in March 2004, the first 10 million were sold in 17 months, and the second in just 9 more months. Yesterday a partnership was announced with Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo to produce Tamagotchi branded children's clothing. GameSpot 12 April 2006.

  • Tamagotchis Seek Second Wave of Virtual Pet Owners Khaleej Times Online (U.A.E.) reports two years after its debut, the second tamagotchi series topped sales of 20 million units worldwide this month. The story follows two young children riding a train to Tokyo so their Tamagotchi can interact with a large one on tour.

  • Tamagotchi Game Now Available On Mobiles. Walt Disney News. 22 Feb 2006. At the 3GSM World Summit in Barcelona, the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) today announced the pan-European launch of a mobile phone version of Tamagotchi. Living Mobile, a subsidiary of WDIG, is distributing the game to 28 of the leading mobile telecom operators in 17 European countries.

  • Teen & Tween Fashion Alert: The Hottest Style Accessory Debuting This Fall is the New Tamagotchi Mini. Bandai's new wearable Tamagotchi will be available later this fall. Business Wire. 11 Aug 2005.

  • Bandai's Tamagotchi Plus Selling Like Hotcakes sales are anticipated to exceed 10 million units by the end of July. UberGizmo 25 July 2005.

  • Tamagotchi's Triumphant Return. Game Daily Biz. 23 June 2005. Tamagotchi Connection sales 300,000 units in the first quarter and anticipated sales of 1 million units this year make Tamagotchi Connection a big hit for Bandai. A mobile phone version is in progress.

  • Bandai Releases Site to Support Tamagotchi on Nintendo DS Japanese site on the double screen version of Tamagotchi. The actual game is expected to be released in Japan in Sept 2005. Site was reported in GameCube Europe. 26 June 2005.

  • TamaTalk Reviews Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 UK (United Kingdom) version. June 2005.

  • Tamagotchi Connection Hack - This is What it Sounds Like When Tamagotchi Cry. A hacker's look at the infrared port. Make Blog 15 June 2005.

  • Tamagotchi Coming to Mobile Phones This Summer IGN Insider 1 June 2005. Bandai is working with Qualcomm using their BREW solution to bring Tamagotchi to Cell Phones this summer. The game will include a feature called Tama Vivid allowing pets to be viewed in both original monochrome or as full color illustrations.

  • Tamagotchi's Rebirth Sparking New Sales Binge. Tamagotchi is a big hit with elementary school girls in Japan. 27 May 2005. The Japan Times.

  • Tamagotchi Toys Make a Comeback With Schoolkids. Mainichi Daily News 23 Apr 2005. Reports 1.5 million of the new cellphone interactive version, Shuku Keitai Kaitsu , were sold between Nov 2004 and the end of March 2005.

  • Tamagotchi Connection version 2 shown at the New York Toy Fair in late February 2005.

  • New Celebrate Cell Phone Open! Tamagotchi Plus. 13 Oct 2004 Gizmodo. November 23rd Bandai will release a new Tamagotchi Plus that communicates with Japanese mobile phones via an infrared link.

  • The Tamagotchi's Next Step: Invading Your Cellphone. Engadget 12 Oct 2004. A new version called Shuku Keitai Kaitsuu Tamagotchi Plus, allows your cellphone to communicate with its infrared port. You can shop (via cellphone) using points you built up raising Tamagotchi and even send it on a vacation. Currently available only in Japan.

  • Bandai's Tamagotchi Makes Comeback As Global Sales Top 3 million Units. Nikkei Interactive 4 Oct. 2004.

  • Yes, the Tamagotchi is back! Manila Bulletin. (Youth & Campus). 15 Sept. 2004. Tamagotchi led the pack in toy popularity at the recent Ban Kee Tradeshow.

  • Electronic Pet is Back With a Pause. The Scotsman. 27 Aug 2004.

  • Tamagotchi Mobiles (Volkswagon Bugs at Tamagotchi Connection Launch) X-Entertainment. 11 Aug 2004.

  • Virtual Pets on the Prowl Again. New York Daily Times. 11 Aug. 2004.

  • New Tamagotchi Hits U.S. Market. Kyodo World News Service. 11 Aug 2004. Reports Tamagotchi Connection was launched in Japan in March and over 1 million units were sold in five months. US release is scheduled for Sunday.

  • Bandai Hatches a Winner Again. Mindjack. 10 Aug 2004.

  • Improved Tamagotchi Makes a Comeback. Mississauga News. 6 Aug 2004.

  • Will This Eggcite New Buyers?. The Electric New Paper (Singapore) 5 July 2004.

  • Tamagotchi "Virtual Pet" Set for U.S. Comeback. Reuters 14 June 2004.

  • More Modern Tamagotchi Hits Market 19 Apr 2004. Milwaulkee Journal Sentinel.

  • Tamagotchi Digital Pets to Return, and This Time They Breed. CNN. 5 Feb 2004.

  • Tamagotchi Craze Set to Return. Geek.Com. 6 Feb. 2004.

  • Tamagotchi Fever to Gear up Again. GamingHorizon.Com. Feb. 2004.

  • Digital Pets Make Comeback With New Features. Detroit News. 5 Feb. 2004.

  • Tamagotchi Reborn as an Adult. BBC News. 4 Feb 2004.

  • Tamagotchi Thrust Back Into the Limelight. Gamespot.Com. 3 Feb. 2004.

2004 Tamagotchi Connection Introduction Events - a History

  • August 7, 2004 Bandai launched Tamagotchi Connection at Wal-Mart Square One in Mississauga Canada 10am - noon for $18.99 Canadian, rest of Canada followed on August 15th.

  • August 10, 2004 U.S. Pre Launch event at Toys R Us in Times Square in New York held Tuesday, August 10 at 9:45 a.m. ET.

  • Augusts 10, 2004 U.S. Pre Launch event held at Metreon, a Sony Entertainment Center, in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 10 at 9:45 a.m. PT.

  • August 15, 2004 Tamagotchi Connection went on sale in the U.S.A.

  • August 21, 2004 "The Tamalympics" held at Bandai headquarters in Japan.

  • June 22, 2005 Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 available from Amazon

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  • Ultimate Tamagotchi Family Reunion Makes More Family Fun announces the launching of Family Tree genealogy site for your "real family" at TamaGenerations.com in conjunction with the new Tamagotchi pet, Familitchi V5, that allows the raising of several Tamagotchi characters at the same time. Bandai 3 April 2008 Bandai Press Release.

  • More Family Equals More Fun with New Tamagotchi Connection Familitchi re-announces Tamagotchi Connection v5. Familitchi allows users to raise several Tamagotchi at the same time. Different personalities can grow up to be athletes, models, paparazzi, or even a royal family depending on how they are raised. 17 Feb 2008 Bandai press release.

  • New Tamagotchi Connection V5 Lets Kids Raise a Family of Characters announces Version 5, the new Familitchi Tamagtochi. It allows raising several characters at once on the same unit.31 Jan 2008 Bandai press release.

  • 'NAMCO Bandai Ships TamagotchiParty On for the Nintendo WII' announces Tamagotchi Party On for the WII has shipped. Tamagotchis run for president of Tamagotchi Planet in this 3D party game. The WII remote is used for several fun mini-games. You can earn "Gotchi" (money) to outfit your campaign headquarters and improve your candidate's popularity. NAMCO Bandia press release 29 May 2007.

  • "NAMCO BandaiNintendo WII Tamagotchi Party On! Goes Gold" announces the game has gone gold (means the code has been completed) and is set to hit stores nationwide in late May. NAMCO Bandai Press Release 17 April 2007.

  • Bandai America's New Tamagotchi¨ "Virtual Pet" Toy Lets Kids Live the Tamagotchi Life 24/7 announces a midyear 4.5 release that will have even more career choices, mini-games and design styles. Plus the Fall lineup will include a plush decoration kit to "Bling" your Tamagotchi and make it even more personal. V4.5 will also come with a CDRom for more interaction with your home computer by creating a Tama wonderland with onscreen characters you can interact with. 9 Feb 2007 Bandai Press Release

  • Bandai America Puts the Future in Kids' Hands with its New Tamagotchi announces the long awaited Tamagotchi Connection Version 4. Owners can chose which classes their pets take in school, along with their career and lifestyle. Earn Beauty, Intellectual, and Social Skill points. Accumulate them to chose between 15 careers. "Glow-in-the-Dark" won the the election and will be offered for a limited time. V4 has 20 games, a total of 53 characters, and 144 collectable items or souveniers, along with the infrared technology to communicate with other Tamagotchi. V4 will debut in January 2007. Bandai Press Release 17 Jan 2007.

  • Bandai America Inc. & Pressman Toy Corporation Unveil New Tamagotchi Electronic Board Game An electronic Tamagotchi board game built by Pressman Toy will debut in the Summer of 2007 along with 100 piece Tamagotchi puzzels per a 10 Jan 2007 Bandai Press Release.

  • Bandai America Sparks a Gold Rush with New Limited Edition Golden Tamagotchi® Connection® "Virtual Pet" Bandai announces a very exclusive Golden Tamagotchi not available in stores. Only 2,000 units, each numbered, ever to be sold in stores, will be available in the United States. 300 of the rare Golden Tamagotchi will be given away during October, dubbed "Golden Month" on TamaTown.com. A list of winners will be posted at the end of each week. Radio Disney will also be sponsoring call in contests giving away "Golden Tamagotchi" through the end of the year. Bandai Press Release 28 Sept 2006.

  • Bandai America Launches First Ever "Fan's Choice" Voting for its Wildly Successful Tamagotchi® Brand Beginning Saturday July 22nd, U.S. and Canadian fans can vote at TamaTown.com for three successive weeks on a new slate of four designs each week. The winning design from each week will come back for a final round of voting August 12th-18th. The overall winning design will be announced in December at a special ceremony presided over by Tamagotchi King and it will be available in stores in January 2007. Bandai Press Release 21 July 2006.

  • The Tamagotchi King of TamaTown.com Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Unveil Exciting New Destinations in His Online Kingdom Tamagotchi King recently opened several new businesses in his virtual kingdom at TamaTown.com. Bandai announces they will bring out a total of 24 new design styles in 2006, plus the new "Gotchi Gear" line including lanyards /Tama Leashes, three-in-one charms, and Pet Pouches that are shaped like individual characters. Bandai announced a contest coming up in mid-July in which fans will help select a new design to hit the market in January 2007 by voting at TamaTown.com. The winning design will be announced in October. Bandai Press Release 6 July 2006.

  • Bandai America's Tamagotchi® Connection™ Continues to be the Hottest Selling "Virtual Pet" Around Bandai announces Tamagotchi Connection continues to have strong sales and some lanyards will be coming out soon to hold them around your neck. Bandai Press Release 29 March 2006.

  • Version 3 to Launch Along With Tamagotchi Town. Bandai announced the launch of TamagotchiTown to interact with the new Version 3 Tamagotchi. Players can go online with their official Tamagotchi passport, shop, eat, watch a movie, and travel the world. With passwords, they can collect special items and treats. Version 3 will include three new games (5 games total) and 20 new characters (52 characters total). The latest Tamagotchi will be available in several new colors in stores beginning February 2006. Bandai press release 2 Feb 2006.

  • Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop Celebrates Grand Opening in Retail Stores Bandai announced the release of Tamagotchi Connection Corner Shop today, the latest game for Nintendo DS. Owners can open and run their own stores. You can team with Tamagotchi characters with a goal of creating a "royal shop" that is a favorite of Princess Tamako. Bandai Press Release 31 Jan 2006.

  • Secret Code Locations Identified. Bandai supplied a message to help users find the five secret codes on November 7, 2005.

  • Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 Ready for Release The release date is upon us! Tamagotchi Version 2 is to begin appearing in stores in mid June with even more new designs and colors in July. Suggested retail price is $14.99. Bandai press release 16 June 2005.

  • Tamagotchi Version 2 Auction Starts Today. The celebrity autographed eBay auction starts today. The approximately 20 celebrities listed include George Lucas, Raquel Welch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many others better known by the younger crowd. Bandai press release 16 June 2005.

  • Tamagotchi Version 2 to Debut at Special eBay Auction. Celebrity autographed Tamagotchi Version 2 units will be sold at a 10 day eBay auction beginning 16 June 2005. They feature new characters, new colors, new games, and secret codes. Proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Bandai press release 10 June 2005.

  • "Global Sales of 6.5 million units reached in one year". Bandai Japan press release 14 Apr 2005.

  • New General Manager of Bandai Canada. A 27 Apr 2005 press release naming a new manager of Bandai Canada also reports Tamagotchi Connection was the "number one toy in Canada based on 2004 sales".

  • Bandai Announces Tamagotchi Connection Version 2. 20 Feb 2005 press release in advance of the New York Toy Fair. Bandai will be adding the ability to earn "gotchi points" used to shop for special treats, items and food. Also added are secret codes and special two-packs, called Tamagotchi Connection Best Friends Forever. Suggested list price for Version 2 was announced as $14.99. More indepth coverage at the Toy Show announced it would also have 30 new characters and longer battery life (a problem on some version 1 units). Version 2 will be released in April.

  • Tamagotchi Connection Named One of the Hottest Toys This Holiday Season. Tamagotchi Connection makes several "hottest toy" lists. 17 Dec 2004.

  • New Version of Tamagotchi Plus Communicates With Cell Phones. 12 Oct 2004. Note this press release is in Japanese.

  • Next Generation Virtual Pet Tamagotchi Connection Selected As One of Toy Wishes Magazine Holiday 2004 'Hot Dozen' Toys. 5 Oct. 2004 .

  • Bandai America introduces Tamagotchi Connection and announced it will be released in the U.S. on August 15, 2004. 15 June 2004 press release.

  • Bandai Report on Their Times Square and San Francisco Debut Earlier Today, they also announce two identical new websites, TamagotchiConnection.com and Tamagotchi.com where users can "connect" with their Tamagotchi and with their friends. 10 Aug 2004.

  • Bandai's Next Generation Tamagotchi Hits Sales of One Million Units In Japan in Just Five Months! Bandai announces strong sales and reports on two launching events in the U.S. One at Toys R Us in Times Square in New York beginning Tuesday, August 10 at 9:45 a.m. ET and one at Metreon, a Sony Entertainment Center in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 10 at 9:45 a.m. PT. Attendees will be able to purchase the first products five days before they are available nationwide. The U.S. suggested retail price of $14.99 was also announced. 29 July 2004.

  • "Bandai Japan Reports on Track to Sell Over a Million Tamagotchi Connection by the End of August". They also announced "The Tamalympics" to be held at Bandai headquarters in Japan on Saturday August 21, 2004. 20 July 2004 Bandai Japan press release.

  • Bandai Cracks Down on Tamagotchi Plus Counterfeiters. They have already confiscated about 50,000 fakes. 20 July 2004.

  • "Tamagotchi Offers a Way to Connect With Your Favorite Celebrity" Bandai announces an ebay auction of celebrity signed Tamagotchi Connection to raise funds for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The ten day listing will begin June 21st and include 44 celebrity signed Tamagotchi Connection, 20 unsigned Tamagotchi Connection and 60 autographed Tamagotchi Connection T-Shirts. 17 June 2004 press release.
  • Some great photos of this event were posted by WireImage

  • Bandai America Announces the Next Generation Tamagotchi: Tamagotchi Connection. 15 June 2004.

  • Tamagotchi Plus (Japanese version of Tamagotchi Connection) was Launched in Japan on 20 Mar. 2004 and Expects Sales of 300,000 units by the end of April. New colors are being added and they expect to sell a million in Japan by summer. 26 Apr. 2004

  • Tamagotchi Plus will Go on Sale in Japan on March 20th 2004. 3 Feb 2004 press release.

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Secret CODES

Bandai supplied the following message on their 5 secret codes on November 7, 2005.

Have you found all five Tamagotchi Connection secret codes?

To assist you in finding all of them, Bandai America is providing some tips to you. The first code was released in-pack: read the instructions on how to play games, shop and connect with your friends while searching for a secret code! The second code can be found online at Tamagotchi.com, the official Web site. There, you can create "More Friends, More Fun" by connecting with other Tamagotchi fans, download wallpapers and screensavers, and send e-cards! Look for the third code in Toy Wishes holiday magazine, which will lead you back to our Web site. Good hunting...it's hidden! The fourth code is on Neopets.com. And the very last code will soon disappear from a streaming video about Tamagotchi on TurboNick.com.

Good luck in finding all the secret codes!

Tamagotchi Connection Version 4 launched in January 2007. It has 20 games, a total of 53 characters, and 144 collectable items or souveniers, along with the infrared technology to communicate with other Tamagotchi. Version 4.5 was launched in mid 2007. Get yours now!

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