Claire (viperfox) wrote in originbeach,
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Games: The Tides of Time [エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2]





I have very strong memories of this game -- much like the first. Of hot summer nights sitting on my bed by my TV, master password pages on my desk that I'd add to as I got through the game further and further, the music and the colours and the atmosphere just absolutely engulfing me as I played and played. I remember calling the SEGA Hotline in Australia regarding Tubes of Medusa once, and getting the best tip I'd ever heard of using the sonar on her belly to get her to release Ecco. I used to make dioramas with floating dolphins because I was enamoured with the skyfins, and I would record tapes of music from the game so I could always listen to it even when I wasn't playing.

Needless to say, pretty influential and still very well beloved by myself.

The Tides of Time is quite possibly every Ecco fan's favourite game out of the entire series. It essentially took everything good about the first game, dressed it up in a new graphic coating, and presented it complete with a refined engine, massive level tally, and even more story expanding on everything. Add in the best soundtrack (MD version) of the series as well and you've got a whole package of goodness. Much like Ecco 1, Tides of Time was notoriously hard, but unlike the first game Tides of Time only really saw release on the MD and CD back in the day, lacking a 'high definition' port like Ecco 1 did for the PC, which is a shame honestly. It would've been pretty amazing seeing the game done in that higher resolution!

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Index:
[MD01] Ecco: The Tides of Time [PAL]
[MD02] SEGA Platinum Collection Ecco: The Tides of Time [PAL]
[MD03] Ecco The Dolphin 2 [NTSC-J]
[CD01] Ecco: The Tides of Time [NTSC]
[CD02] Ecco The Dolphin CD [NTSC-J]
[GG01] Ecco The Dolphin 2


Title: Ecco: The Tides of Time(エコー・ザ・ドルフィン「時間の潮流」)[MD01]
Media: Cartridge
System: Mega Drive
Catalogue: FECC 01 SMC
Released: 27/08/1994
Region: PAL/SECAM

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual Sample | Manual [PDF]

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Title: SEGA Platinum Collection Ecco: The Tides of Time(セガプラチナ復刻版「エコー・ザ・ドルフィン『時間の潮流』」)[MD02]
Media: Cartridge
System: Mega Drive
Catalogue: FECC 01 SMC
Released:
Region: PAL/SECAM

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual Sample | Manual [PDF]

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin 2(エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2)[MD03]
Media: Cartridge
System: Mega Drive
Catalogue: 670-5458
Released: 25/08/1994
Region: NTSC-J

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual Sample | Manual [PDF]

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Tides of Time(エコー・ザ・ドルフィン「時間の潮流」セガCD版) [CD01]
Media: Compact Disc
System: Sega CD
Catalogue: 4441
Press: CDAC-077400
Released: 1994
Region: NTSC

Scans: Front | Back | Disc | Manual Sample | Manual [PDF]

Information:
While the original Ecco for the Mega CD got a LOT of love in the form of updates, levels, and so on, Tides of Time seemed to be left by the wayside outside of its new soundtrack — that is until one found special glyphs in game which played full 3D FMV animations made to tell the story of the first game which were, at least back then, pretty amazing. The biggest draw for this version would have be the soundtrack which was again tooled by Spencer Nilsen, its atmosphere rather hauntingly beautiful.

The US release of this along with other Sega CD titles has a longbox, while all the other regional releases are in more standardised cases. The US copy is prolific in terms of aftermarket, making it not too terrible to try and obtain.

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin CD(エコー・ザ・ドルフィンCD)[CD02]
Media: Compact Disc
System: Mega CD
Catalogue: G-6041/670-6262 + 670-6477
Press: G-6041P-00283A (Disc 1), G-6041P-00284 (Disc 2)
Released: 24/02/1995
Region: NTSC-J

Scans: Front | Back | Obi | Disc | Manual [PDF]

Information:
Japan got a pretty cool release when it came to the Mega CD where both games came in the one package instead of separate releases, featuring new art for it by the JP series release lead artist Hayato Takebayashi.
Ecco The Dolphin CD features both Ecco 1 and Ecco 2, so is featured both here and on the Ecco 1 page.

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin(エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2)[GG01]
Media: Cartridge
System: Game Gear
Catalogue: G-3362
Released: 03/02/1995
Region: NTSC-J (No Region Lock)

Scans: Front | Back | Cartridge | Manual Sample | Manual [PDF]

Information:
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Tags: ecco the dolphin, ecco the dolphin 2, game gear, genesis, mega cd, mega drive, sega cd, tides of time
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