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Ecco Jr.

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Ecco Jr.
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Educational






























Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP (Sega Channel)
¥? ?
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99[1] 1554
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FECC03SMC



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 pts ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Ecco Jr. (エコーJr.) is a spin-off from the Ecco the Dolphin series, aimed at younger children. It was released in 1995 for the Sega Mega Drive, though a similar Sega Pico title named Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt! was also made available.

Ecco the Dolphin had been a huge success for Sega and Novotrade, but both it and its sequel are often regarded as very challenging and often confusing video games meaning they are unsuitable for the young market. Despite this, Ecco was bought with young children in mind, which prompted the creation of Ecco Jr. which would attempt to appeal to a younger audience with the extreme difficulty removed. Unlike other games in the series, it is impossible for Ecco (or his friends) to die, and the focus is placed on completing simple tasks and on educational material about dolphins.

Despite the lack of gameplay value for older gamers, Ecco Jr. has been re-released as part of the PlayStation 2/PlayStation Portable title Sega Mega Drive Collection (where it saw its first European release). It was also released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service (where it saw its first Japanese release).

Production credits

Source: In-game credits
  • Producer: Ed Annunziata
  • Assistant Producer: Marianne Arotzarena
  • Developer: Novotrade Interactive
  • Technical Director: László Mérö
  • Software Director: Attila Bús
  • Consultant: Don Walters
  • Main Artist: Eszter Páris
  • Main Programmer: József Bánsági
  • Programmer: László Zsiga
  • Artist: Edit Matis
  • Music: Andy Armer (DMP), Gábor Foltán, László Fazekas
  • Programming Aid: Balázs Pápai, Gyöngyi Mezei
  • Hardware Support: Lajos Szabó
  • Lead Tester: Christine Watson
  • Assistant Lead Tester: Sean Doidge, Sean McInnes
  • Testers: Chrisi Albertson, Rachel Bristol, Dana Green, Richie Hideshima, Jeff Kessler, Jeff Martin, Edward Riel, Adrien Szabó, Vera Mérö
  • Special Thanks: Sarah Rome, Whitney Rome, Andrea Eszterhai


Magazine articles

Main article: Ecco Jr./Magazine articles.

Digital manuals

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
40 №4, p94
Sega Mega Drive
40
Based on
1 review

Mega Drive, US
EccoJr MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Ecco Jr MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
EccoJr MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
EccoJr MD AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 3c517975
MD5 ca8c0a6917554496bf6a08d8f00fb317
SHA-1 636d2fb5f865f916e4a9fe0ff1819fcbc61b4258
1MB 1995-03 Cartridge
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 6c6f4b89
MD5 ca7fa198e67d77b348111d57a6ad9df1
SHA-1 0b493ef23874f82606d4fd22c2380b289247aa9f
1MB 1995-02 Cartridge

External links

References

  1. File:GamePro US 070.pdf, page 52
Ecco the Dolphin series
Ecco the Dolphin (3D) (1992) | Ecco: The Tides of Time (1994) | Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (2000)
Spin-offs and others
Ecco the Dolphin (LCD) (1994) | Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt! (1994) | Ecco Jr. (1995) | Ecco the Dolphin CD (1995)
Unreleased
Ecco the Dolphin (32X) | Ecco II: Sentinels of the Universe‎
Ecco the Dolphin related media
Music
Ecco: Songs of Time (1996)
Book
Ecco: The Tides of Time Official Strategy Guide (199x) | Official Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Perfect Guide (2000)