The return of the Tamagotchi?

If you thought your days as a Tamagotchi owner where stuff of the nineties, then think again as Bandai, the company that brought us the virtual pet the first time around is re-launching it as Tamagotchi Plus.

The new virtual pet will not only be able to interact with you, but other Tamagotchi's via infrared. Better still the new and improved toy will allow your pets to compete in eating contests or give flowers and other presents.

Tamagotchi Plus is also programmed to cultivate intimacy. The virtual pets can move from friendship to love to marriage. In some cases, a child pops up on the owners' displays.

The new toys go on sale in Japan on 20th March and are expected to reach the UK sometime over the summer.