After all these years, the love of virtual pets is still going strong. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said I want a new Tamagotchi in the last year; yet I haven’t pulled the trigger, as all my extra cash is going into savings or gifts for family. One logical solution to this problem would be to go with a downloadable game for either my phone or Nintendo Switch, and Wildagotchi: Virutal Pet may be just what I need to scratch that virtual pet itch. And the game launches for Nintendo Switch in only ten days!
Wildagotchi is a pixelated wildlife care simulator. It is currently available as free-to-play for mobile devices, but this Nintendo Switch launch is a paid edition. The developer has made two other similar games, Catgotchi and Dogotchi, which are both available as free-to-play for mobile devices or a paid game for Nintendo Switch.
The game is very obviously inspired by Tamagotchi, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve played some great Tamagotchi-inspired games, but never on Nintendo Switch. The console’s portability is a huge bonus, as these games are generally played in small bursts.
Players will surround their flock of pets with care. And these aren’t your normal pets! It all starts with a dinosaur, before other reptiles, mammals, birds, and even plants are unlocked. The plant part has me especially curious.
Players will have to be competent at care and multitasking. Pets are looked after in real-time, and none of its needs can be neglected. Neglect can lead to negative consequences for an animal’s health and happiness. A content animal will grow up faster, allowing players to adopt another one. You don’t lose the last pet when you gain a new one; instead, care for them all at once. See? Multitasking!
Developed by Mawges and published by RedDeer.Games, Wildagotchi: Virtual Pet will be released for Nintendo Switch on August 25.