1997. The toy that started it all and even today virtual pets continue. Really tough color combination to find with White base, Green rays and Red buttons and Tamagotchi name at top. Though the box was opened, the Tamagotchi was never activated (battery pull tab still in place). The batteries had safety tabs that needed to be pulled out before the battery would be engaged but you will likely need to replace the battery though we have had similar situations where the batteries worked right away. Box has some tearing at the back/top and creases on hang bar but is overall very good-.