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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.

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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.

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[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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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