I never had a Tamagotchi from the 1990s. I got into Tamagotchi with the 2004 release of Tamagotchi Connection. Now... I can at least say I've played the classic.
My father went to check the mail. I didn't expect it to come, thinking 'don't get your hopes up, it's coming from the /US/.'
My father re-enters.
"The tama came!"
We tore into the package together, and there, wrapped in bubble wrap, the see-through, green-with-yellow-buttons Tamagotchi P1. Squeeeee!
I didn't think the box was so small! It's no bigger than a VHS case. I thought it'd be much larger. I also didn't know that the original was so small. The Connections are larger! I thought they'd be the same. My new precious is so tiny and light, it feels so delicate.
Pulling the tab almost worried me. It takes a few milliseconds longer than the Connections, I thought it wasn't working. then, I had to figure out the time setting system, very different from what I have become accustomed to. Such is the case with the icon layout ('you have to go /that far/ to check it's hunger?!') but I have played emulators so I was expecting this.
I promise to take the best care I can of my new Tamagotchi, and to raise many a Mametchi.
Happy birthday, my P1!