Bandai Co., Ltd. and Sync Beatz Entertainment announced today via a press release that a new free Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Angel app will be released on February 26 for iOS and Android devices in the U.S. and Canada. The new app will recreate the original Tamagotchi Angel digital handheld game series, and will feature the music of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. “Any Weather,” which Jett co-wrote and performed with Dave Grohl, is the lead single from her new album Unvarnished and has been integrated into the new Angel mini-game app.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “Any Weather” Official Music Video
The press release states the following:
Based on one of the most popular Tamagotchi series after the original release of 1996/Japan and 1997/U.S., the iOS version of the Angel app will be launched on Wednesday, February 26th, with the Android version expected to also become available that day.
The Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Angel app will feature changeable play modes, allowing players to care for their Angels in the classic eggshell TOY mode or full screen in APP mode. The free app offers a multitude of Angel characters and new color environments; updated Life, Happiness, Hunger and Effort meters; a new technical feature which enables the screen to be tapped to scare away flying bats; 22 new in-app wallpapers and eight wallpapers for use on the player’s device; 12 shell choices; an image gallery and fun mini-games. Additionally, the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Angel app enables users to post photos of the Tamagotchis they’re raising on Facebook.
The new app follows the successful 2013 launch of the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app, an authentic recreation of the classic Tamagotchi game with a contemporary spin, which has generated 3 million downloads. It’s the latest entry in the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. brand, a line of lifestyle products that embodies the spirit and attributes of that original experience and targets its original Tamagotchi user base, who, today, are active young adults.
“We are so delighted to bring back in app form one of the most popular Tamagotchi series, the Tamagotchi Angel, to capture the imagination of young fans across America, just as the original did back in 1997,” said Naomi Tobita, Chief Tamagotchi Officer at Bandai Co. Ltd. “The apps, licensed Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. apparel now available from Mighty Fine and coming this fall from Evy of California, and the new Tamagotchi Friends toy line coming to North America later this year, are the latest examples of the rapid growth of the Tamagotchi brand.”
Following the launch of its Website (http://us.tamagotchifriends.com/) this past November 23rd (the 17th anniversary of the original Tamagotchi), the new Tamagotchi Friends toy line will make its U.S. debut in the Bandai America showroom at the 111th annual American International Toy Fair® in New York City next week (February 16th – 19th).
For more information on the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. brand and upcoming apps, visit the Website at http://tamagotchilife.com.