Microsoft just demoed Kinectimals at their E3 2010 media event with a young little girl playing with a virtual tiger cub. This was too cute to watch.
Kinectimals is Tamagotchi on steroids. The tiger cub reacts to voice commands like "get your toy" or "play dead".
Kinectimals has everything to become a huge hit this Holiday season and make the Zhu Zhu hamster look pretty dated. Of course Kinectimals plush toys with online codes are already lining up too.
• Get in touch with your wild side. Your journey begins when you adopt and name one of 20 playful friends, including a lion, cheetah and Bengal tiger.
• Create memories that last a lifetime. From the first time she recognizes her name to when she learns to fetch, your cub will grow up as your sidekick, eager to discover the island around you. She will always be ready for a scratch and a belly rub with smiles and purrs.
• The fun never ends. There are new ways to train tricks such as fetch, play activities such as jump rope, and even master agility courses with hops, stops and balancing acts. Invite a friend with his or her pet for some fun contests.
• Discover, collect and customize. “Kinectimals” rewards those who are curious about the island they live on. Travel far and wide to discover treasures and toys, and find and unlock new environments. You can customize your pet and decorate your home, plus use the in-game store to shop for items to nurture and care for your new best friend.
• Grow your “Kinectimals” family. Collectible, limited-edition plush toys will be available online and at popular retail stores. Choose your new friend, scan the code with the Kinect sensor, then watch it come to life on the screen right before your eyes. With your very own plush pal you can keep your new friend with you even when you’re away from your Xbox 360.
See also Robert's take on Kinectimals. He thinks Kinectimals are creepy. Kinectimals from Microsoft Game Studios will launch in November.
E3 2010 will start on June 15th and we will be at the show to bring you first hand coverage of the hottest new gaming gear. We expect to see and go hands on with the Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Move and Kinect for Xbox 360.