Some time again, we reported on the information that two of the world’s most well-known ‘digital pet’ manufacturers – Pokémon and Tamagotchi – have been becoming a member of forces within the type of Eevee x Tamagotchi, a keyring-sized gadget which accommodates (you guessed it) your very personal monochrome Eevee to take care of. Now, a number of months after the Japanese launch, we lastly have one in every of these beeping trinkets in our possession, so we thought you would possibly like a fast impressions piece.
Let’s get the fundamentals out of the best way first. Eevee x Tamagotchi is, as you would possibly count on, very very similar to an ordinary Tamagotchi. It is barely smaller than the unique design (and is a bit of thicker, too) however is an identical dimension to the up to date mannequin Bandai launched to mark the 20th birthday of its digital pet phenomenon.
The entrance of the machine options the monochrome LCD show, which hasn’t actually modified an awesome deal since 1997. It’s accompanied by three buttons that are used to vary settings and customarily work together with the Eevee character. When you begin it up, it’s totally a lot a typical Tamagotchi; it’s essential to feed it (both on giant meals or smaller snacks), play with it (there are two mini-games out there, which we’ll come to shortly), clear up the hairballs that it sheds (no poop right here!) and even flip off the lights when it falls asleep. When you’ve ever owned a Tamagotchi prior to now 20 years, all of this might be immediately acquainted (other than the shortage of poop).
The 2 mini-games are the way you entertain Eevee and maintain it blissful, past merely feeding it and cleansing up its discarded hair. The primary entails utilizing the A and B buttons to gather 5 gadgets of falling fruit, whereas the second has you repeating a musical sequence performed by Eevee. These are comparatively fundamental video games and it is laborious to lose at them, however they seem to be a gentle diversion from the essential ‘guess the path’ recreation that shipped with the unique Tamagotchi again within the ’90s.
Eevee x Tamagotchi provides worth by supplying you with the prospect to evolve Eevee into one in every of its many types. Relying on which type you need – Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Espeon, Umbreon or Sylveon – you must carry out sure actions. For instance, if you wish to evolve into Flareon then it’s essential to gather the corresponding icon in the course of the fruit-drop mini-game as a substitute of gathering your fifth and remaining piece of fruit. The ‘mon will then evolve in a couple of days, supplied you proceed to take care of it.
There are three bonus evolutions to unlock, too: Pop Star Eevee, Crew Rocket Eevee and Ditto Eevee. These all require sure circumstances to be met, and getting all of them is sort of a problem.
Provided that Eevee x Tamagotchi has solely been launched in Japan up to now – and we have no phrase on a western launch – it ought to come as no nice shock to study that the unit solely provides Japanese textual content. Fortunately, with solely a handful of choices out there (‘Feed’ and ‘Play’, with two choices for both of these) it would not take lengthy so that you can memorise precisely what does what. We additionally seen that it is surprisingly laborious to really kill Eevee; you must go away the unit unattended for effectively over a day to trigger it to return to its egg type. Whereas we’re most likely not essentially the most seasoned Tamagotchi gamers right here at Nintendo Life, we appear to keep in mind that demise got here much more swiftly (and recurrently) on the unique items, however that might simply be us.
When you’re a fan of both collection, then the possibilities are you’ve got already moved heaven and earth to safe one in every of these items – a job that seems to be changing into more durable by the day, as a number of huge on-line exporters have fully offered out. Whereas recommending Eevee x Tamagotchi is probably a stretch for informal gamers, it is attention-grabbing to see how The Pokémon Firm and Bandai – two corporations that have been sworn enemies in the course of the Pokémon and Digimon conflict of the ’90s and ’00s – have fused their beloved properties collectively in a type that is sensible.
By eradicating the ‘good’ and ‘dangerous’ mutations of a conventional Tamagotchi and changing them with a variety of evolutions that require totally different ways, the longevity of this machine is arguably prolonged approach past your typical digital pet; the one draw back to that is that by giving the participant the prospect to straight management every evolution, that unpredictable sense of discovery which made the unique Tamagotchi so addictive is sacrificed.
Nonetheless, this pocket-sized throwback is exclusive in that it will probably faucet into not one however two sources of nostalgia for tens of millions of individuals everywhere in the globe, so here is hoping the powers that be see sense and launch it globally in some unspecified time in the future.
Due to GameBoy Shack for kindly offering the Eevee x Tamagotchi used on this characteristic.