Digimon Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With Re-Release of 1997’s Virtual Pet Device

Digimon’s 1997 virtual pet device is coming back.

Bandai Namco has a lot of iconic IPs under their hand, and Digimon is definitely one of them. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Digimon, the studio decided to re-release 1997’s virtual pet device. However, it’s exclusively in Japan.

The device is called “Digital Monster Ver. 20th,” and here is Digimon‘s virtual pet device features, translation via Gematsu.

Appearing Digimon

In addition to all the Digimon from Ver. 1 to Ver. 5 of the Digital Monster virtual pet, the 10th anniversary and 15th anniversary Digimon, Dracomon and Hackmon, and a new 20th anniversary Digimon, Zubamon, will appear for a total of 134 trainable Digimon and 154 appearing Digimon. “Special Digi-Eggs” have also been added that can be obtained by meeting certain conditions (Digi-Eggs are the first step in the bringing-up of your Digimon), as well as the ability to obtain Omnimon by fusing the Original Brown-exclusive Agumon and Original Grey-exclusive Gabumon.

Training and Evolution

For the first time in the Digital Monster virtual pet series, you can train two Digimon simultaneously.This allows you to enjoy watching the two Digimon befriend each other, eat, and sleep together. The training speed compared to previous versions has also been increased (what took one hour now takes 10 minutes, what took two days now takes six hours, etc.). Additionally, new evolution methods such as tag battle fusion have also been added, the battle feature—not only training—has also been leveled up.

Communication, Battles, and Web Connection

The tag battle feature, which lets you fight in tag battles against your friends and the CPU with the two Digimon you trained, can copy and receive a Digimon a friend has trained to tag up and fight with the Digimon you trained. Also, you can register the Digimon you trained to the Web. In the latter half of the 1990s, a “D-1 Grand Prix” took place all over Japan. This event will be revived through the web, where you’ll be able to fight against rivals from all over Japan using the Digimon you trained. (More information about the D-1 Grand Prix will be announced at a later date.)

Will it come to the west any time soon?