Edit: We've now been told by our Pokémon expert Joe Merrick that reports that this special Tamagotchi will feature an exclusive new evolution are actually incorrect:


Original Story: Not so long ago, we reported on rumours that the unthinkable was about to happen - two '90s icons, Pokémon and Tamagotchi, were joining forces.

We've now had official confirmation from Japan that this is indeed the real deal, and the Eevee Tamagotchi will launch in Japan on January 26th next year.

As was previously reported, the device will come in two flavours: "I Love Eevee" and "Color Friends"; both have the same core features but showcase different case designs.

The objective is to raise an Eevee and make it evolve into one of the famous variants of the Eeveelution family, and you'll be able to do the usual Tamagotchi activities, such as feeding, playing and other fun stuff.

The Eevee you look after will be able to express itself with a wide range of emotions, which will help you to form a bond with it over time - a bond that is handy to have when it starts beeping at you in the middle of a tense business meeting.

The big news here for Pokémon fans is that the device will have a special, exclusive evolution that can only be found on this Tamagotchi.

There's no news on this coming to the west at present, but given that Bandai recently made a big deal about the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi - and the fact that Pokémon is huge the world over - there's a chance it could make it outside of Japan.

[via nintendosoup.com]