In addition to officially incorporating the city, the King also unveiled the new Tamagotchi Connection Version 3, which continues to build on the play patterns of its predecessors. The toy continues to feature "Gotchi" Points and secret codes for shopping, as well as infrared technology that allows owners to "connect" their pets together to play games and trade gifts with one another.
The era of a renewed Tamagotchi phenomenon is dawning worldwide. Now, the popular virtual pet toy from the '90s has been adopted by the next generation of tween and teen fans. Originally launched back in 1996, it went on to sell more than 40 million units worldwide and created a brand new toy category within the industry. Bandai America reintroduced the product in late 2004 with a set of new interactive features as Tamagotchi Connection, creating stronger-than-ever consumer demand in the U.S. and Canada. Recently, the Toy Industry Association named the product as a 2006 "Girl Toy of the Year" finalist in their coveted annual T.O.T.Y. Awards.
Now, the new Tamagotchis can live in a virtual world called "" where the Tamagotchi Friends can interact online (the unfinished Dream Town can be found ). Bandai is also producing a and to tease the release of the new Tamagotchi line.
Unfortunately for those hankering for the new Tamagotchi toys right now, the Tamagotchi Friends devices won't be available in the United States .