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Claire
01 August 2015 @ 01:31 am


Who are you?
A thirty-something year old whom has a strong passion for games. Most people around the net call me Cally which is a very affectionate name based off an old character of mine. Many people from the days of yesteryear on The Undercaves would know me as Whitefin. Adore games, always have, always will. Lover of both old-school and new-school consoles.

What is Origin Beach?
Origin Beach is a rather infamous level in Ecco The Dolphin, where two glyphs are hidden inside the walls. If you use your sonar on them, there are the following messages:

We hear song in the ocean! We hear our kind in the sea! Never have we heard songs in the sea!
You sing our song under the waves. Who are you? Could we sing in the sea? Could we live in the sea? Perhaps we will try!

Back in 1998/9 I emailed Ed Annunziata, where I asked him multiple questions including why this was still included/accessible in the game. He responded that it was the first time anyone'd asked him about it which was also why he wished to write back to me, and that it was in relation to the question "Why do dolphins live in the sea?" from earlier in the game. He also elaborated by explaining to me that those messages were originally tied to ancestors to Ecco (rather than just glyphs) that we would've seen and talked to, but were ultimately scrapped from the game.

This has stuck with me for 15+ years, much like the games themselves have, which is why I thought Origin Beach would be a good setting for housing my collection on the internet.

I also still have this from that very same email, including my 10y/o self's awful spelling:
>5.What dose the secret password do in Ecco the dolphin 2, i tried it and it
>just rejected me, please reply to my e-mail if you have the time.

If we were to make Ecco 3 I was going to make is so that if you entered that
password you'd get something special. I really wanted to connect parts 2
and 3. but I never got a chance to make part 3

I did the same thing in Warriors of the Eternal sun - The D&D game for the
Genesis. but I never got a chance to make a sequal to that one either.

Thank you for writing to me! Good luck with all that you do!


Kinda awesome and mindblowing for 10y/o me! Ed and I follow each other on Twitter now-days too. It's so awesome when a series creator is so down to earth and always happy to talk with his fans. But yeah, it's why Origin Beach is just such a strong level and name for me because I have a lot of investment in it.

What started your collection?
The games, of course. There's only a tiny handful of merch when it comes to Ecco, but I'd like to one day have it all, even if it means tracking down even old magazines for their articles!

I started out with Ecco 1 on the MD, and picked up Ecco 2 back when a video store was closing down locally and they were selling all their games out -- I'd pretty much hired that cartridge so many times that the game'd been mine in the first place so it was befitting to just buy it! When I was older, and the internet much more broader when it came to importing and shopping, I picked up the Japanese MD games, along with the gorgeous Mega CD set, and started amassing everything.

Because Ecco only has a small amount of releases, I'd like to one day have at least one major release from at least three regions: PAL (Aus/Europe), NTSC (US), and NTSC-J (JP). The bonus to this too is that there are different box arts and styles between them all.

How long have you been collecting Ecco items?
I guess since 1992 would be the official start, so for 20+ years as of the time of writing. It's a impactful series that has only a small amount of merch going for it, so I hope to one day have a major collective of all things pertaining to it.


If you have any questions you'd like to ask me, about either myself, the collection as a whole, or any specific items, please feel free to contact me. You can either leave a comment here with your question, contact me on twitter (@faiarrow), or email me (viper.fox[at]me.com). I will do my best to either personally answer them, or if I feel it's interesting enough, add it to the official FAQ.
 
 
Claire
01 August 2015 @ 01:52 am


Latest Update: 31st of July, 2017
Fleshing out more articles on site, preparing to add scans. Happy 25th Ecco!
Previous Update: 17th of December, 2016
Adding big descriptors and prelim info; images incoming.
Newest Items: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future Sample Disc [PS02]

Origin Beach has an official Discord server, join us here.

The sea is throbbing with life and filled with the song of joy again. That sound is from the many distant stars.
However, upon looking at the blue light of the stars, you see five stars glittering from the cosmos over there.
To the side of Pegasus, there is a small constellation, shining brightly. That is Delphinus.
 
 
Claire



Ecco The Dolphin is the first major title in the entire Ecco series, and set the precedence for the series as a whole with it's exploration, difficulty, and deep story. Released originally in July 31st of 1992 in the PAL/SECAM region, and followed on in the US and Japan in July 29th and 30th 1993, Ecco became a cherished classic with a cult following that still is ongoing to this day.

It sold millions. It's still selling to this day, with recent ports of the original game available on large platforms like Virtual Console and STEAM, where it still gets critical acclaim across the board.

If you'd like to find a specific game quickly, please utilise the code issued by the game's name in the index by searching for it with ctrl+f in your browser.

Index:
[MD01] Ecco The Dolphin
[MD02] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン
[CD01] Ecco The Dolphin
[CD02] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン CD
[GG01] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン
[PC01] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン
[PC02] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン


Title: Ecco The Dolphin [MD01]
Media: Cartridge
System: Mega Drive
Catalogue: 670-2201-50
Released: 29/12/1992
Region: PAL/SECAM

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual | Sample Page

Information:
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Title: エコー・ザ・ドルフィン [MD02]
Media: Cartridge
System: Mega Drive
Catalogue: 670-3462
Released: 30/07/1993
Region: NTSC-J

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual | Sample Page

Information:
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Title: Ecco The Dolphin [CD01]
Media: Compact Disc
System: Mega CD
Catalogue: 4408/670-4098-50
Press: MK-4408P-0013
Released: 1993
Region: PAL/SECAM

Scans: Front | Back | Disc | Manual | Sample Page

Information:
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Title: 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 | Sample Page

Information:
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Ecco The Dolphin CD features both Ecco 1 and Ecco 2, so is featured both here and on the Tides of Time page.

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Title: エコー・ザ・ドルフィン [GG01]
Media: Cartridge
System: Game Gear
Catalogue: G-3344
Released: 11/03/1994
Region: NTSC-J (No Region Lock)

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual | Sample Page

Information:
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Title: エコー・ザ・ドルフィン [PC01]
Media: Compact Disc
System: PC
Catalogue: HCJ-0114
Press: C0114P01191
Released: 13/12/1996
Region: No Region

Scans: Front | Back | Disc | Manual | Sample Page

Information:
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This is the Long-Box/Big-Box release of the game distributed by Sega PC themselves, which is significantly rarer than later PC releases from the Japanese side of things.

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Title: エコー・ザ・ドルフィン [PC02]
Media: Compact Disc
System: PC
Catalogue: SGH-005
Press: IFPI L303
Released: 20/11/2003
Region: No Region

Scans: Front | Back | Obi | Disc | Manual | Sample Page

Information:
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This is a much later PC release, the only official patched version designed to work on Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP, released as part of MediaKite's セガゲーム本舗/Sega Game Honpo (Main Series) releases.

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Claire




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. Ecco 2 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, Ecco 2 was notoriously hard. Ecco 2's official canon/main game only really saw release on the MD and CD, 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! PC versions do exist now, along with ports on Virtual Console, but are simply ports of the MD/CD version with no enhancements.

If you'd like to find a specific game quickly, please utilise the code issued by the game's name in the index by searching for it with ctrl+f in your browser.

Index:
[MD01] Ecco The Dolphin The Tides of Time
[MD02] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2
[CD01] Ecco The Dolphin The Tides of Time
[CD02] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン CD
[GG01] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2


Title: Ecco The Dolphin The Tides of Time [MD01]
Media: Cartridge
System: Mega Drive
Catalogue: FECC 01 SMC
Released: 27/08/1994
Region: PAL/SECAM

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual [PDF]

Information:
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Title: エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2 [MD02]
Media: Cartridge
System: Mega Drive
Catalogue: 670-5458
Released: 25/08/1994
Region: NTSC-J

Scans: Cover | Cartridge | Manual [PDF]

Information:
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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Tides of Time [CD01]
Media: Compact Disc
System: Sega CD
Catalogue: 4441
Press: CDAC-077400
Released: 1994
Region: NTSC

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

Information:
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Title: 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:
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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: 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: Cover | Cartridge | Manual [PDF]

Information:
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Claire
01 August 2015 @ 02:44 pm



Ecco Jr. is a bit of an oddity -- not entirely a canon game (unless you consider it happening during Ecco's childhood), it is a fun addition to the franchise. There are two versions of Ecco Jr.: the Mega Drive game, which saw a physical release in Australia and the US, and then the Sega Pico release which was titled Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt! (or: 右脳開発シリーズ2 Ecco Jr. / Right Brain Development Series 2 Ecco Jr.). Both games are classed as edutainment, with a focus on exploration first and foremost.

Japan did see Ecco Jr. on the Mega Drive, but only through a download via the Sega Channel during August of 1995, so no physical carts exist.

If you'd like to find a specific game quickly, please utilise the code issued by the game's name in the index by searching for it with ctrl+f in your browser.

Index:
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Claire



Defender of the Future is... odd. The series was totally overhauled, branching out into an alternate universe/timeline -- which is fitting to be honest given the history of time travel within the original series, but it also created a schism when it first came out. 'Where is Ecco 3?' often was asked. We later learnt from Ed that Ecco 3 was going to focus on the war between the Atlanteans and the Vortex. Instead of that we got this, an amazing 3D engine and high-end graphics that at the time of it's initial release on Dreamcast were utterly mind blowing, and a good just very different story.

It's both good and kinda sad.

I'd been on the fence with DoTF for a number of years, and eventually settled to accept it for how great a game it is even if it was so different from the established series at the time. I've loved the style of gameplay, as it was a very successful transition from 2D to 3D, and the music was to die for, but I never found the Foe to be intimidating as an enemy compared to the more Geiger-esque Vortex. It does at least carry through with the weirdness which makes it pretty cool. The actual story elements with the multiple treks through time to restore all the traits that make the world balanced, the utterly messed up dichotomy of Man's Nightmare vs Dolphin's Nightmare, and the strong writing overall however are absolutely wonderful.

Though we may never see Ed's true Ecco 3 vision come to life, or even the series continuation of this story through Sentinels of the Universe thanks to its cancellation, we did at least get the spirit of it in DoTF.

If you'd like to find a specific game quickly, please utilise the code issued by the game's name in the index by searching for it with ctrl+f in your browser.

Index:
[DC01] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future
[DC02] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン ディフェンダー オブ ザ フューチャー
[DC03] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future White-Label Sample Disc
[PS01] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future
[PS02] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future Sample Disc


Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future [DC01]
Media: GD ROM
System: Dreamcast
Catalogue: 830-0110-50 / MK-51033-50
Press: MK-51033-0148SA
Released: 16/06/2000
Region: PAL

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

Information:
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Title: エコー・ザ・ドルフィン ディフェンダー オブ ザ フューチャー [DC02]
Media: GD ROM
System: Dreamcast
Catalogue: HDR-0103
Press: HDR-0103-0606
Released: 25/01/2001
Region: NTSC-J

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

Information:
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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future White-Label Sample Disc [DC03]
Media: GD ROM
System: Dreamcast
Catalogue: 950-0043-50 / 952-0041-50
Press:
Released: 2000?
Region: PAL

Scans: Disc

Information:
A white-label promotional Sample Disc of DoTF. Most Sample Discs are full builds of the game sent to magazines and other reviewers, while others contain earlier builds which might have alpha assets.

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future [PS01]
Media: DVD
System: Playstation 2
Catalogue: SCES-50499
Press: A0100398205-A511
Released: 04/03/2002
Region: PAL

Scans: Cover | Disc | Manual [PDF]

Information:
While it's neat that it did get a port, the PS2 port suffers a lot from slowdown and lag due to the engine not being ported correctly, which as far as I can tell is a problem from going over from the NAOMI board to the RISC in the PS2 -- Biohazard CODE:Veronica suffered the exact same problem too. But it was the first version I was ever able to play after years of not being able to, so I took it as I could.

While DOTF on the DC has aged well, I find the slowdowns, especially in the PAL PS2 version, pretty horrible to play through these days so I tend to avoid playing this port. Nonetheless, it's good to have!

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future Sample Disc [PS02]
Media: DVD
System: Playstation 2
Catalogue:
Press:
Released: 2002?
Region: PAL

Scans: Disc

Information:
Most Sample Discs are full builds of the game sent to magazines and other reviewers, while others contain earlier builds which might have alpha assets.

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