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Also known as: Tamagotchi Connexion (EU/AU), Tamagotchi Plus (JP)
Developer: Bandai
Publisher: Bandai
Platform: Handheld LCD
Released in JP: March 20, 2004
Released in US: August 15, 2004
Released in EU: 2004


CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Cactus feels all lost and stuff.
This page covers only the Connection versions and any similar versions.
This includes the English Connection models through to Version 6, the Japanese models up to the Famitama Royal, the TamaTown Tama-Go and both versions of Tamagotchi Friends. The vintage series, later Japanese models, other models outside of the Connection series and the Tamagotchi apps are not included here.
Hmmm...
To do:
Prerelease page:
  • Stock images with shells differing from the final versions
  • Images in instruction manuals that differ from final version
  • The unreleased Music Star World Tour Edition
  • The prototype Tama-Go models and figures

Tamagotchi Connection is a reboot of the classic '90s virtual pet. A number of modern Tamagotchi versions have released since the release of the Tamagotchi Connection in 2004, with the most recent English release being the 2016 release of Tamagotchi Friends: Dream Town. The Tamagotchi Plus series - the Japanese equivalent of the Connection - ended in 2008 with the release of the Tamagotchi Plus Color.

Subpages

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Tamagotchi Connection
Also known as the Tamagotchi Plus in Japan and the Tamagotchi Connexion outside of America.
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Tamagotchi Connection V2
The second Connection version released outside of Japan.
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Tamagotchi Connection V3
The third version in the Connection series, now with online features.
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Tamagotchi Connection V4
Covers both the V4 and V4.5 versions. Also known as Jinsei or Jinsei Plus.
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Tamagotchi Connection V5
The first international release since the Plus. Also covers the V5 Celebrity.
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Tamagotchi Music Star
A music-themed release sometimes known informally as the "V6".
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Tamatown Tama-Go
Amiibo before Amiibo.
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Tamagotchi Friends
The first Tamagotchi to feature NFC support.
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Tamagotchi Friends: Dream Town
An updated release of the Friends.
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Keitai Kaitsuu! Tamagotchi Plus
The second Japanese Plus version. Also covers the Akai and Hanerutchi Tamagotchi versions.
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Chou Jinsei Enjoi! Tamagotchi Plus
Covers the Entama, Entama CYOI Change, Uratama and Hanerutchi 2 Tamagotchi versions.
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Oden-Kun
The Oden-Kun.
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Deka Tamagotchi
The original Deka

Debug Functions

A number of developer functions can still be accessed in the final release of each Tamagotchi version.

Debug Mode

Hmmm...
To do:
More investigation:
  • Would it be possible to get a picture of the debug mode in action?
  • Find out how to debug V6. Apparently it is possible but no-one has worked out how to do it yet. [1]
The debug solder jumper on the circuit board.

In versions 1-4, the debug mode is activated by shorting a solder jumper on the device's circuit board labelled JP3 DEBUG. This can be achieved by shorting the two pads of the link using solder or graphite from a pencil.

In later versions debug mode is more difficult to activate, possibly because its convenient effects resulted in a large amount of people deciding to take advantage of it. In version 5, activating the debug mode requires shorting a solder jumper labelled R11 on the circuit board and attached via a wire to the region labelled DEBUG.

The feature appears to be absent from the majority of the European models.

Debug mode has two main functions:

  • The user can select any playable character, including unused ones, by scrolling with the A button immediately after the egg hatches at the start of the game.
  • When the character is idle, the C button can be used to make time move rapidly, allowing a baby, child or teenage character to grow to the adult stage within minutes - it normally takes four days for a baby to grow into an adult. The C button is also used to turn off this mode. As such, this mode cannot be deactivated on versions where the C button has a different function, like the V4.

Region Change

Two solderable links on a Connection circuit board.
Hmmm...
To do:
Does anything happen when only JP1 or JP2 are shorted? Does this feature have different effects based on the device's ROM version?

This is activated in a similar way to the debug mode, but instead the solder jumpers labelled JP1 and JP2 are shorted. Like debug mode, this feature is not present on the European versions' boards. This has the effect of switching the ROM version that is used to a European version. Some models using this feature switch to ROM versions that are unobtainable under other circumstances.

ROM Testing

To access ROM testing features, the player must hold down some of the front buttons (A, B and C on some versions, and just B and C on others) and press the reset button. While the feature is slightly different on each version, the test usually begins by testing the screen's pixels, before displaying the device's internal version number, testing the ROM and finally checking the connection function works.

Performing a ROM Test counts as a hard reset - all save data will be lost.

ROM Versions

Hmmm...
To do:
Fill in the missing info - find more ROM versions, determine their purpose and add a link on each version to the relevant page / location. Perhaps add an additional column showing the version number screen for each one.

The number displayed during ROM Testing is the device's internal firmware version. The following is a list of these versions. More information on the specific features and changes in each version can be found on the individual versions' pages.

Version Release
0.0 V1 - Japanese release (Plus)
0.1 V1 - GLAY Expo Edition (Plus)
2.0 V1 - European release
2.1 V1 - European revision
2.2 V1 - Unreleased European revision
2.3 V1 - Unreleased European revision
2.4 V1 - European revision
3.0 00001 Dekatama - Unreleased English Version
4.0 V1 - US release
4.1 V1 - US revision
4.2 V1 - US revision
4.3 V1 - South America release
6.0 Keitai - Release
6.1 Keitai - Revision
8.0 Hanerutchi
9.0 Game Centre Deka
11.1 Ouchi No Dekatama
12.0 Akai
14.1 Entama - Release
14.2 Entama - Revision
14.5 Entama - CYOI Change
16.0 Uratama
18.0 Hanerutchi 2
21.2 TamaSuku 1
23.0 TamaSuku 2
27.2 Tamafure
28.2 V5 - Japan release
28.3 V5 - Japan revision
32.1 V5 - US release
34.1 V5 - European release
36.0 V5 Celebrity - Japan release
36.0 USA 00 V5 Celebrity - USA release
36.0 ESP 00 EU V5 Celebrity - South America release
0.2 Oden-Kun
1.0 Ouchi No Dekatama Game King
A.2 V2 - US release
A.3 V2 - European release
A.4 V2 - US revision
A.5 V2 - European revision
A.8 V2 - South America release
A2 H V2 - PUMA Edition (Europe)
A3 0 V3 - US release
A3 2 V3 - US revision
A3 3 V3 - European revision
A3S0 V3 - South America release
A4.2 U V4 - US release
A4.3 E V4 - European release
A4.4 U V4 - US revision
A4.5 E V4 - European revision
A4.7 E V4 - European revision
A4.5-2 U V4.5 - US release
A4.5-3 E V4.5 - European release
A4.5 S·0 V4.5 - South America release
6.0 00 32.0 0 USA Music Star - US release
6.0 00 32.0 0 EU Music Star - European release
6.0 01 32.0 0 USA Music Star - US revision
6.0 01 32.0 0 EU Music Star - European revision
6.0 01 32.0 0 US ESP Music Star - South America release
7.0 01 32.0 USA Tama-Go
8.0 00 USA Friends - Wave 1
8.5 00 USA Friends - Wave 2
9.0 00 USA Friends Dream Town