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Developer Bandai
Release date 1996
Emulated ~

The Tamagotchi is a handheld digital pet released by Bandai originally on November 23, 1996.

Multiple generations of this handheld console exist, but currently only Tamagotchi P1 (original 1996 model) is emulated.


Name Emulates Platform(s) Latest Version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
tamatool Tamagotchi P1 Windows macOS Linux 0.1 ?
MAME Tamagotchi P1* Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD Web Web
git artifacts[N 1]
libretro core[N 2]
ArduinoGotchi Tamagotchi P1 Arduino git-original
git-anabolyc fork
tamaboy Tamagotchi P1 GameBoy Advance rc2 ?
Tamaboy DS Tamagotchi P1 Nintendo DS Build 2022/09/14 ? ~
  1. CI-Windows CI-Linux CI-Macos
  2. As 0.251, 0.139 (2010), 0.78 (2003), 0.37b5 (2000)


Name Platform(s) Latest Version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Tamagotchi Simulator 3 Windows 3.0

Tamagotchi clones[edit]

More than mere imitations, Tamagotchi clones have become a vibrant and diverse subgenre, adding richness and variety to the world of virtual pets. From capturing childhood nostalgia to pushing technological boundaries, these digital companions continue to entertain and engage players of all ages, ensuring the spirit of nurturing and care thrives in the ever-evolving world of interactive entertainment.

See this forum thread for Tamagotchi clones.