Posted on November 18 2023 by John Piland
Tamagotchi, those cute, digital creatures that took children by storm in the late 90s and early 2000s — what if there was one for Zelda?
For those who don’t know, Tamagotchi are interactive virtual pets that “live” inside a little device, small enough to carry on your keychain. Like a real pet, they require attention and nourishment, or they’ll die. Take care of them, though, and you’ll unlock new ways to play with them as your bond strengthens. Nowadays, there are some that let you take your pets shopping and even get married. All of this is done with the use of three buttons at the bottom of the egg-like Tamagotchi device.
The fun part? These pets come in all shapes and sizes, taking the form of countless little monsters and fan-favorite characters. From the original Mametchi, to countless anime characters, and even to R2-D2 from Star Wars, there’s no shortage of fandoms with virtual Tamagotchi pets.
Unfortunately, us Zelda fans are left waiting for our series’ Tamagotchi. Looking at my own R2-D2 — which I regretfully forgot to take care of — I began to wonder about which Zelda characters and creatures would fit the part. Unsuspectingly, my first instinct was the Maku Tree from Oracle of Ages. There’s just something about her that seems like it’d be perfect for a Tamagotchi. After all, wouldn’t it be great to raise a little sapling into a giant, sentient tree that lives for hundreds of years? And sure, maybe the Great Deku Tree is more well known, but Oracle of Ages‘ Maku Tree is just so much cuter.
That said, I think a more likely choice would be a companion such as Fi, or more likely, one of the fairies. With Fi, you could upgrade her appearance over time like the Goddess Sword in Skyward Sword. It would be neat if you could choose which fairy you get, as there are many. Then, you could upgrade them with unique little abilities they can use to entertain you, in lieu of the fairies’ abilities in Phantom Hourglass. Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Terrako, the cutesy Guardian companion from Age of Calamity. Redditor u/harboun even concepted the idea, and it looks incredibly cute.
Would you like to see a Zelda Tamagotchi? Which characters or creatures would you want to raise and carry around? Let us know in the comments below!
John is an aspiring writer and filmmaker who loves to spend his free time playing video games, binging shows/movies and hanging out with his friends. He is also quietly awaiting more news on Breath of the Wild 2, where he will scream with uncontrollable joy.