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The Mothra Tamagotchi (モスラのたまごっち Mothra no Tamagotchi, or simply the Mothra) is a licensed Tamagotchi that was released in Japan in July 1997 during the release of the movie Rebirth of Mothra II.
The following text is translated from the instruction booklet:
We are Moll and Lora, sisters of the Elias family. Mothra comes from an island far, far in the south called "Infant Island". A newly hatched Baby Mothra is a tiny, weak baby. Therefore you must give it lots of 'justice power' or it won't be able to turn into a Mothra.
Mothra is a strong and beautiful Goddess; a protector of life. But sometimes, she can take the wrong path which could make her turn into something bad. At these times, you must discipline her. If Mothra gets sick, you must let her listen to us sing. For the sake of the Earth's future use love and justice to raise Mothra to be a magnificent adult.
The Check Meter
The first screen in the check meter shows Mothra's age (in days) and weight (in tons). The second screen and third screen show the Hungry and Happy meters respectively. The fourth and final screen shows Mothra's Justice meter.
There are two options for feeding Mothra. The top is for a meal and the bottom is for a snack. Meals will fill one Hungry heart and increase the weight by one ton and Snacks will fill 1 Happy heart and increase the weight by two tons. The meals will be either a leaf (for Baby Mothra to Battra Grub), an apple (Fairytchi) or a piece of meat (most adults) and the snack is a cupcake.
The featured game is called the Gokigen Up game. Four holes appear, and the player must guess which hole the Mothra is hiding in by scrolling an arrow with the A button, and selecting with the B button. The game consists of five rounds. Finding it all five times fills the Happy meter by two hearts. Finding it three to four times will fill up the Happy meter by one heart.
The Mothra will occasionally poo during the day and selecting this icon will remove it. If poo is left on screen for an extended period of time, the Mothra will get sick. Up to 8 poos can fill the screen if left unattended.
Mothra will occasionally try to attack a tower. Selecting this icon will discipline it, increasing the Justice meter by 25%. This affects evolution for all characters, where a higher Justice meter will result in better characters and a lower meter will result in bad characters. The times when Mothra attacks a tower is random.
When Mothra gets sick, selecting this icon will summon Moll and Lora, who will sing and heal it. Sometimes this takes more than once to fully heal Mothra. Leaving Mothra alone when it is sick may result in death.
When Mothra falls asleep, it will call out for the light to be turned off. They will turn back on automatically when Mothra wakes up. Turning the light off during the day has no ill effect. Different characters sleep and wake up at different times.
Mothra calls to the player by beeping and lighting this icon up. Mothra will call out when extremely hungry, very unhappy, when it's sleeping or when attacking a tower. Leaving Mothra alone when extremely hungry or unhappy may result in early death. If not disciplined when attacking a tower, it will simply stop doing so and its Justice meter will remain unchanged.
- The Mothra Tamagotchi is the first Tamagotchi to be based on a licensed theme.
- The idle animation (moving to the left, roaring, moving to the right, roaring, repeat) was also used for the Digimon virtual pets that debuted less than a month before the Tamagotchi Mothra. This same animation also appeared on the Genjintch Tamagotchi, shortly after the release of the first version of the Digimon Virtual Pet series. Similarly, Godzilla's spritework provides the basis for many dinosaur-like Digimon species' virtual pet sprites, DarkTyrannomon's sprites having an astounding similarity.
- Mayura is the only character that does not come from any Godzilla or Mothra film.
- The instruction manual for the Mothra Tamagotchi mentions that an adult may lay an egg upon death (as may occur on several other vintage Tamagotchi releases) if it was well cared for and that such an egg may allow a special character to be gotten, while it will not lay an egg if it died from illness. In actuality, allowing an adult to live out its entire lifespan and die from old age will not cause it to lay an egg - an egg can only be laid if the character was allowed to live to the point where it began getting needier and then died from neglect. The mechanic is similar to the traited egg mechanic from the Digimon virtual pets in which a Digimon of Champion level or above may lay an egg upon death that has an inherent 10% boosted chance to digivolve to the Ultimate level, and is theorised to be related to obtaining Moll and Lora on the Mothra Tamagotchi.
- The Mothra Tamagotchi introduced and codified several important quality of life changes to Tamagotchi virtual pets:
- It has a faster processing unit, allowing the buttons to be more responsive and animations to move faster. This made animations such as flushing Poo or switching to or from the clock screen faster. While this was not featured on the Tamagotchi Angel, it was featured on every virtual pet released afterward.
- It introduced the function of switching the clock between AM/PM format and military hour format. While several other vintage-era Tamagotchi pets also included this function, it would not become the standard until the Tamagotchi Connection.
- It changed the order of the icons, with the Check icon now being the first icon, followed by the Food icon, the Game icon, and the Flush icon, with the remaining three (Discipline, Medicine, and Lights) moving to the bottom row. This change would be carried over to every virtual pet released since.