Digimon Rolls Out New Digivice to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

by Joanne Choi


Digimon Digital Monsters, Digimon are the champions! Now that Pokemon is done celebrating its 20th anniversary last year. Here’s to Digimon taking the spotlight this time to shine in its glory commemorating 20 years.  Bandai Namco has issued a re-release of the original Digivice, like a tamagotchi (remember those?) but battling others.  The updated devices have been remodeled to allow players to take care of their pet such as feeding, training, playing, as well as evolve their digital monsters to the next powerful form.


The newly branded devices come in “Original Brown” and “Original Grey” colors, (which coincidentally appear more like red and blue, Pokemon anyone?) as a nostalgic throwback to the original “Ver. 1” Digivices released in 1997.  Shaped in rigid rectangular form giving it a sturdy look, the toys contain three buttons and comes with keychains so players can take them along anywhere.  As an exclusive factor, “Original Brown” comes with Agumon, whereas, Gabumon is only attainable in “Original Grey.”  Furthermore, the devices will contain Digimon from the first five devices released as well as previous 10th and 15th editions.  Allowing players to collect all virtual pets from the series, as well as newly evolved Digimon like Zabumon.  The collectibles are up for preorder now in Japan, though an official release date for North America and Europe have not been confirmed.

However, rest assured, Digimon World: Next Order will be released in North America end of this month for the PS4 and PS Vita.  Created in 1997, Digimon: Digital Monsters was inspired by the popular Tamagotchi craze started in Japan and blew over to the West in the 1990s as people began to carry around virtual pets in their pockets.  Receiving much popularity as Pokemon, the Digimon franchise diverted into various sequels as well as an animated television series, games, manga and toys.  Most recently, Digimon Adventure Tri was released continuing the original animated story in light of the 20th anniversary, drawing much attention from fans.


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