Digimon 20th Anniversary Digital Monster Device Will Be Upgraded Version Of The Original

The 20th anniversary Digivice
The 20th anniversary Digivice Bandai Namco

The official Digimon website’s countdown has reached zero and revealed a new Digimon virtual pet device to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary.

These devices, which were called Digital Monsters back in 1997, acted like the popular Tamagotchi devices but with Digimon. Bandai Namco is re-releasing the devices with some upgrades to bring them into the 21st century.

Bandai Namco will release two versions of the device, Brown and Gray, which are exactly the same 20 years ago. The 20th anniversary Digital Monster device will feature Digimon from its first five versions, which means MetalGreymon, SkullGreymon, Andromon, Megadramon and MetalTyrannomon will be featured on the devices.

Digimon from past anniversaries will also be featured, like Dracomon (10th anniversary) and Hackmon (15th anniversary). The new devices will bring a brand new Digimon named Zubamon for the franchise’s 20th anniversary.

The new Digimon for the 20th anniversary, Zabumon.
The new Digimon for the 20th anniversary, Zabumon. Bandai Namco

Of course, each version of the Digimon device will have exclusive Digimon. The Brown device will have Agumon while the Gray device will offer Gabumon. Both Digimon will be able to Digivolve into their Ultimate Forms and can fuse together to bring forth Ominimon.

Plenty of other Digimon that can Digivolve when meeting certain conditions and Digimon Fusions will be available with the device outside of just Omnimon.

Also, the Digimon devices will allow two Digimon to be raised at the same time, instead of just one like the original devices allowed. Time is also sped up in the 20th anniversary devices. What normally took an hour in the original devices will now only take 10 minutes.

Owners of these devices can even battle each other and that feature will remain with the 20th anniversary versions. A single-player battle mode will also be available, allowing tamers to battle Digimon in a row until they are defeated.

The neat part is the 20th anniversary device will work with almost all past devices, including the 15th anniversary device.

The Digimon website also teased that the 20th anniversary devices will be able to upload their Digimon from the device onto their computers to compete in the D-1 Grand Prix. More information on this will be revealed at a later date.

Bandai Namco’s 20th Anniversary Digital Monster device releases in Japan in June and will go for 3,500 yen plus tax. Prospective buyers can pre-order the devices through March 27, 2017.

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