While Tamagotchi isn't directly related to Nintendo, the series - which began life in the '90s as a virtual pet keyring - has branched out onto systems like the DS and Wii in recent years.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the toy Bandai Namco has produced a streamlined version which we covered not so long ago, but it would appear that it only one part of a wider campaign to resurrect the franchise.

Next year, My Tamagotchi Forever will launch on iOS and Android, taking the series in a new direction. The trailer hints at the usual virtual pet activities - such as feeding and playing with your Tamagotchi - as well as augmented reality functions. Oh, and turds.

Here are some more details from the PR:

Since Tamagotchi’s first instalment a lot of elements have evolved to take advantage of new technology. My Tamagotchi Forever will feature some of the classic as well as brand new game modes. The first introduction is Tamatown, a joyful town where all your Tamagotchi characters will live. This colourful place is where you can customise and collect new elements to have even more fun with your teeny tiny characters.

Along with the addition of Tamatown, there will be a lot more to experience in My Tamagotchi Forever:

+ Raise your Tamagotchi characters making sure you feed, wash, clean up and turn the lights out for a good night sleep keeping them happy and healthy.
+ Have fun with your Tamagotchi characters playing mini games and explore Tamatown together. Make friends with other Tamagotchi characters along the way.
+ Evolve your Tamagotchi characters from one type to another depending on how you care for them. You never know who they might become next!
+ Collect memorable moments shared with your Tamagotchi characters and the friendly town citizens.
+ Share your favorite moments with your friends.
+ Tickle your Tamagotchi characters. They love it!
+ Earn coins by playing mini games and levelling up!
+Unlock delicious food, cute costumes and colourful items to decorate Tamatown.
+ Compare your progression and Tamagotchi raising skills with your friends!

Will you be checking this out in 2018, or is Tamagotchi a thing best left in the past as far as you're concerned? Let us know by posting a comment.