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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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.