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(エコーＪｒ．) is a spin-off from the Ecco Jr. series, aimed at younger children. It was released in 1995 for the Ecco the Dolphin Sega Mega Drive, though a similar Sega Pico title named was also made available.
Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt! 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 (where it saw its first European release). It was also released as part of the Sega Mega Drive Collection Wii's Virtual Console service (where it saw its first Japanese release).
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
Main article: Ecco Jr./Magazine articles.
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File:GamePro US 070.pdf, page 52