Pac-Man Tamagotchi is officially here, and honestly, why did no one think of this ‘80s-meets-‘90s collaboration sooner?

The new Pac-Man Tamagotchi, from Bandai America, celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Pac-Man by combining the iconic character with the Tamagotchi device. Pac-Man stars as a virtual pet character in the world of Tamagotchi. Players can also choose from two fun mini-games: the Pac Game and the Catch Game. 

Try to keep your virtual pet alive by nurturing it, which is similar to other Tamagotchi games. This time, Pac-Man is there to help by saving your pet from ghosts and bugs. Players can also feed their Tamagotchi Pac-Man’s favorite snack: cherries. 

Time will tell if your pet survives from egg to baby to adulthood. Any seasoned Tamagotchi owner knows there is some work involved in keeping those precious pets alive. Depending on how well you take care of your Pac-Man Tamagotchi character, you can potentially cycle through seven different virtual pets. deluxe pac man tamagotchi

Fans can choose from two different Tamagotchi shell styles — yellow or black — as well as a deluxe version (above), which includes a Pac-Man case to protect the device.  

Pac-Man Tamagotchi is available to preorder on amazon.com and will be available in retailers on March 15.

Photos: Bandai America