Ecco the Dolphin (series)

Ecco the Dolphin (series)

"Ecco the Dolphin" is the collective name given to a series of action-adventure science fiction video games developed by Novotrade International (known nowadays as Appaloosa Interactive) published by Sega, which primarily take place underwater. They were originally developed for the Sega Mega Drive and Dreamcast video game consoles, but have since been ported to numerous systems. The games are named after their main character, Ecco, a young Bottlenose Dolphin. They are known for their high difficulty level. cite web|url= |title=IGN: "Ecco the Dolphin" Review |accessdate=2008-02-01 |last=Goldstein |first=Hilary |date=2007-08-17 |work=IGN |publisher=IGN ] cite web|url= |title=IGN: "Ecco the Dolphin" (Virtual Console) Review |accessdate=2008-02-01 |last=Thomas |first=Lucas |date=2006-12-13 |work=IGN |publisher=IGN ] "Ecco" was created by Ed Annunziata,cite web|url=|title=Interview with Ed Annunziata|work=Dark Sea|accessdate=2006-09-20] who also produced "".

The "Ecco the Dolphin" games hinge on the idea that cetaceans are sapient beings and have their own society. In the Mega Drive/Genesis games, humans aren't acknowledged. The cetaceans call themselves "singers". In the Dreamcast game, dolphins and presumably other cetaceans have united with humans in a cross-species society.

Ecco himself is a young adult male Bottlenose Dolphin, though his gender was ambiguous in the original game. He is very strong and intelligent, even for a cetacean. He is also able to use many unusual powers, such as shapechanging and using his sonar as a weapon. He has five distinct markings on his head; they are stars that form the constellation Delphinus.


"Ecco the Dolphin"

Released in 1992, the original game followed the exploits of a young dolphin named Ecco as he searched the seas, and eventually time itself, for his missing pod.

"Ecco II: The Tides of Time"

Also known as "Ecco: The Tides of Time". It was released in 1994, the sequel follows Ecco's exploits after the conclusion of the original game as he travels the oceans, the past, and the future in his quest to save the planet once more.

"Ecco Jr."

Also released in 1995, this title was intended as edutainment and lacked the sophistication and difficulty of the previous two titles in series.

"Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future"

Released in 2000 and unconnected to the other titles in the series, this Dreamcast title reinvisioned the Ecco mythos in a new Earth with a new premise.

torylines and ports

The "Ecco the Dolphin" games can be divided into two distinct storylines: the Mega Drive/Genesis games ("Ecco the Dolphin", ', and "Ecco Jr.") and the Dreamcast game (').

"Ecco the Dolphin" and "Ecco: The Tides of Time" were both re-released for the Sega Mega-CD, Master System and Game Gear, and "Defender of the Future" was re-released for the PlayStation 2. The Mega-CD version of "Ecco the Dolphin" was also ported to Microsoft Windows in 1995. "Ecco the Dolphin" was also re-released on the Game Boy Advance as part of the fourth "Sega Smash Pack". All of the Mega Drive games have been ported for Nintendo's Virtual Console [cite web|url=|title=SEGA games for Wii's VC found on ESRB website|work=Codename Revolution|accessdate=2006-09-12] and the first game was ported to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade. cite web|url= |title="Ecco the Dolphin" - Game Detail Page |accessdate=2007-09-25 |date=2007 |work=Microsoft |publisher=Microsoft ]

Two six-part comic book series of "Ecco the Dolphin" stories based on the first game were featured in "Sonic the Comic". Series one was written by Woodrow Phoenix and drawn by Chris Webster in 1993. Series two followed in 1995.



The following games and their instruction manuals:
*cite video game|title=Ecco the Dolphin|developer=Novotrade International|date=1992-08-16|platform=Sega Mega Drive
*cite video game|title=Ecco: The Tides of Time|developer=Novotrade International|date=1995-10-10|platform=Sega Mega Drive
*cite video game|title=Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future|developer=Appaloosa Interactive|date=2000-08-16|platform=Sega Dreamcast


External links

* [ Caverns of Hope] - A small "Ecco" site.
* [ Ecco the Dolphin on the Arkonviox Network] - An Ecco the Dolphin fan website.
* [ Dark Sea] - An "Ecco" resource site.
* [ STC-Archive] - An online archive of "Sonic the Comic", featuring the "Ecco the Dolphin" comics.

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