|Ecco the Dolphin|
|Platform(s)||Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Microsoft Windows, Game Gear, Master System, Virtual Console, Cloud (OnLive), Steam, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS|
|First release|| Ecco the Dolphin |
23 December 1992
|Latest release|| Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future |
16 June 2000
Ecco the Dolphin is a series of action-adventure video games developed by Appaloosa Interactive (previously known as Novotrade International) and published by Sega. They were originally developed for the Mega Drive/Genesis and Dreamcast video game consoles, and have been ported to numerous systems. The story follows the eponymous Ecco, a bottlenose dolphin, who fights extraterrestrial threats to the world. The games are known for their high difficulty level.Ecco was created by Ed Annunziata, who also produced Chakan: The Forever Man .
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.
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.
Released in 1995, this title was intended as edutainment and lacked the sophistication and difficulty of the previous two titles in series. When Ecco and his friends find out Big Blue, a wise and famous whale, is near they must do favors and break crystals in order to pass the stage and find Big Blue.
Released in 1995, an edutainment game similar to Ecco Jr. on the Sega Genesis, this title was released on the Sega Pico. In this game, Ecco and his friends explore the ocean and the ruins that lie within to find various treasures. This game distinguishes itself by utilizing stylus control for the gameplay.
Released in 2000, this title reenvisioned the Ecco mythos in a new Earth with a new premise.
The Ecco the Dolphin games can be divided into two distinct storylines: the Mega Drive/Genesis games ( Ecco the Dolphin , Ecco: The Tides of Time , and Ecco Jr. ) and the Dreamcast game ( Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future ).
Ecco the Dolphin and Ecco: The Tides of Time were both re-released for the Sega CD, Master System and Game Gear, and Defender of the Future was originally released for the Dreamcast and later re-released for the PlayStation 2. The Sega CD version of Ecco the Dolphin was 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 released on Valve's Steam platform,as well as being ported to Nintendo's Virtual Console and the first game was ported to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade.
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. Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog series later featured a Dolphin character named Echo thought to be a tribute to this series, though this character was humanoid and female.
In late 2016 series creator Ed Annunziata reached a settlement with Sega regarding the legal rights to the franchise. The attempt to regain the intellectual property rights, in part, arose from Annunziata's unsuccessful attempt to make a spiritual successor called The Big Blue funded through Kickstarter which could not use the Ecco name. Although the exact details of the settlement were unclear, it was believed by media outlets including Venture Beat that it could pave the way for a new installment in the franchise by Annunziata.Soon thereafter Annunziata himself talked about wanting to revive the series for the Nintendo Switch.
|Songs of Time|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||September 3, 1996|
|Genre|| Electronica |
Ecco: Songs of Time is a soundtrack album which contains the original soundtrack from the Sega CD versions of Ecco the Dolphin and Ecco: The Tides of Time . [ citation needed ]It was released on September 3, 1996. The music is composed by Spencer Nilsen. The music is atmospheric and ambient, heavy on high-quality synthesizer, low-frequency percussion and various samples, including dolphin squeaks and squeals.
Tracks 1-11 from Ecco: The Tides of Time, tracks 12-18 from Ecco the Dolphin
|3.||"The Desert Below"||2:43|
|7.||"St. Gabriel's Mask"||4:30|
|8.||"Heart of the Giant"||2:39|
|14.||"Friend or Foe"||6:09|
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Ecco the Dolphin is an action-adventure game originally developed by Ed Annunziata and Novotrade International for the Sega Genesis and published by Sega in 1992. Ecco the Dolphin was republished digitally via Nintendo's Virtual Console in 2006, Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade, Steam, iOS, and Nintendo 3DS.
Ecco: The Tides of Time is an action-adventure video game developed by Novotrade International, published by Sega, and released for most of Sega's then-supported gaming consoles in 1994. It is the second game in the Ecco the Dolphin series. The Tides of Time continued the story of the first game and featured similar gameplay with a few new additions.
Ecco Jr. is a video game in the Ecco the Dolphin series, released in North America on August 15, 1995, and in Australia in November 1995. It had the controls and basic gameplay of the other two Mega Drive/Genesis titles, but is geared towards younger players, lacking the high difficulty of Ecco the Dolphin and Ecco: The Tides of Time.
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Appaloosa Interactive was a corporation, founded in 1982 in Hungary, that produced video games, computer programs and television commercials during the 1980s and 1990s. Novotrade International was founded by Andras Csaszar and Stephen J. Friedman. Csaszar served as the company's president, while Friedman served as chief executive officer. Novotrade began operating branches in the United States in 1989, and was renamed Appaloosa Interactive in November 1996. That month, the company unveiled its 10-month-old Internet technologies division, Appaloosa Online. The company's headquarters were in Mountain View, California. Appaloosa was the parent company and owner of two software development companies in Budapest, Hungary. Appaloosa was known for its Ecco the Dolphin game series for Sega. Appaloosa also developed two Contra games on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn for Konami.
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