The first tamagotchi was manufactured in 1996 and sold in stores in early 1997. Back then there where no real versions of tamagotchi so people just called them tamagotchi. These tams became known as P1 or G1 when the P2 and G2 came out so they wouldn't be confused. Tamagotchi where invented by Aki Maita who sold the idea to Bandai. Today Bandai makes tamagotchi along with other toys such as power rangers, ect. Below is a picture of some prototype tamagotchi before the above idea was established. I think it would have been cool if they could open like that, but I am also glad they came out the way they did because the white one on the right looks kinda weird. Anyway tamagotchi are the number one virtual pets in the world. I am very glad Bandai decided to translate the design, otherwise the wouldn't be sold anywhere else in the world except Japan, where they where first sold. There was even a special anniversary edition made.( bottom, left).
Special edition tama