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Ecco: The Tides of Time

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Ecco: The Tides of Time
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Master System, Virtual Console, Steam
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • 日本語
  • Sega Game Gear
  • English
  • 日本語
  • Sega Master System
  • Português
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    JP
    ¥6,800 G-4123
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $? 1553
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    (Mega Hit)
    $19.99
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £? 1553-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    FR
    ?F 1553-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM ? 1553-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ES
    ?Ptas 1553-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $? ?
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    (Platinum)
    $? FECC01SMC
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    R$? 046470



    Sega Mega-CD
    US
    $? 4441
    Sega Mega-CD
    UK
    £? 4441-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    FR
    ?F 4441-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    DE
    DM ? 4441-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    ES
    ?Ptas 4441-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    AU
    $69.95Media:NewReleasesCatalogueApril-May1995AU.pdf[4] FECC01SMR
    Sega Mega-CD
    BR
    R$? 063460



    Sega Game Gear
    JP
    ¥3,800 G-3362
    Sega Game Gear
    US
    $? 2541
    Sega Game Gear
    UK
    £? 2541-50
    Sega Game Gear
    FR
    ?F 2541-50
    Sega Game Gear
    DE
    DM ? 2541-50
    Sega Game Gear
    ES
    ?Ptas 2541-50
    Sega Game Gear
    IT
    2541-50
    Sega Game Gear
    PT
    ?PTE$ GGJ2541
    Sega Game Gear
    AS
    ? 2541



    Sega Master System
    BR
    R$? 028630



    Wii Virtual Console
    JP
    ¥600[6] pts ?
    Wii Virtual Console
    US
    $800[8] pts ?
    Wii Virtual Console
    EU
    €800[9] pts ?



    Steam
    US
    $2.99[10] 34319
    Steam
    EU
    €2.49[10] 34319
    Steam
    UK
    £1.99[10] 34319
    Steam
    AU
    $3.49[10] 34319



    Ecco: The Tides of Time, called Ecco the Dolphin 2 (エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2) in Japan, is the sequel to Ecco the Dolphin. Initially released in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive, it was later ported to the Sega Game Gear and Sega Mega-CD. Tec Toy also brought the Game Gear version of the game to the Sega Master System in 1996.

    Gameplay

    New gameplay elements include pseudo-3d stages and the ability to transform into animals in certain stages. The graphics have been improved as well.

    The game ends on a cliffhanger that has never been resolved.

    History

    Release

    In France, as in the launch of Ecco the Dolphin, a part of the profit of the sales of Ecco: the Tides of Time was donatedMedia:Ecco The Tides of Time MD FR Leaflet.pdf[12] to Europe Conservation (European Organization For The Conservation of Natural Resources and Cultural Heritage)[13][14][15]Media:Ecco The Tides of Time MD FR Leaflet.pdf[16], this time to help them in the acquisition of high-performance scientific equipmentMedia:EccoII MD FR Box.jpg[17] for their marine research boat, most precisely, a "Dual-Beam Echo Integration Sonar"Media:Ecco The Tides of Time MD FR Leaflet.pdf[12]Media:Ecco The Tides of Time MD FR Leaflet.pdf[18].

    Legacy

    The Mega Drive version of the game has recently been re-released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service.

    Versions

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English Ecco: The Tides of Time Ecco: The Tides of Time
    English (US) Ecco: The Tides of Time Ecco: The Tides of Time
    Japanese エコー・ザ・ドルフィン2 Ecco the Dolphin II
    French Ecco: Les Marées du Temps Ecco: The Tides of Time

    Production credits

    Mega Drive version

    Source: US manualMedia:Ecco The Tides Of Time MD US Manual.pdf[19]


    Master System and Game Gear versions


    Digital manuals

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Ecco: The Tides of Time/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    EccoII UK PrintAdvert.jpg

    UK print advert

    Sega Popron Distribuce Czech&Slovakia.jpg

    CZ/SK print advert

    SegaVisions US 21.pdfSegaVisions US 21.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
    also published in:
    • GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[20]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[21]
    • Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)[22]

    BeepMD JP 1994-09.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-09: "September 1994" (1994-08-08)

    BeepMD JP 1994-10.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-10: "October 1994" (1994-09-08)

    Television advertisements

    Artwork

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    65 №1994-09, p14[23]
    72 №, p84[24]
    48 №1, p116/117/118/119
    90
    73
    88
    70 №298, p39
    86 №6, p13
    81
    77 №1995-04, p61[25]
    91 №26, p106/107[26]
    92 №26, p44/45
    60 №2, p100
    92 №47, p102/103/104/105
    82 №61, p58/59/60
    Sega Mega Drive
    78
    Based on
    15 reviews

    Mega Drive, US
    Ecco 2 MD US Box.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco 2 MD US Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Ecco The Tides Of Time MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
    Ecco2 MD US Box MHS.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco2 MD US Cart MHS.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, EU
    Ecco 2 MD EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    EccoII MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, JP
    Ecco 2 MD JP Box.jpg
    Cover
    EccotheDolphin2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
    EccotheDolphin2 MD JP Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, AU
    Ecco2 MD AU cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, AU (Sega Platinum Collection)
    Ecco2 MD AU Box Platinum.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, BR
    Ecco2 MD BR Box.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco The Tides Of Time MD BR Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, FR
    EccoII MD FR Box.jpg
    Cover

    Mega-CD version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    92 №41, p146
    76
    78
    84 №11, p80
    87
    60 №3, p95
    95 №51, p105
    92 №16, p92/93
    80 №67, p57
    81 №44, p56
    Sega Mega-CD
    83
    Based on
    10 reviews

    Mega-CD, US
    Ecco2 MCD US Box Back.jpgEcco2 MCD US Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco - The Tides of Time (U) (CD).jpg
    Disc
    Ecco2 mcd us manual.pdf
    Manual
    Ecco2 MCD US RegCard.pdf
    Reg Card
    Mega-CD, EU
    Ecco2 MCD EU Box Back.jpgEcco2 MCD EU Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    EccoToT MCD EU spinecard.jpg
    Spinecard
    Mega-CD, BR
    EccoToT MCD BR back.jpgNospine.pngEccoII MCD BR Box Front.jpg
    Cover

    Game Gear version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    92
    65
    82 №8, p23
    85 №51, p105
    78 №60, p60
    74 №41, p66
    Sega Game Gear
    79
    Based on
    6 reviews

    Game Gear, US
    Ecco2 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngEcco2 GG US Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco The Tides of Time GG US cart.jpg
    Cart
    Ecco2 gg us manual.pdf
    Manual
    Game Gear, EU
    Ecco 2 GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngEcco 2 GG EU Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco The Tides of Time GG EU cart.jpg
    Cart
    Game Gear, FR
    EccoTides GG FR cover.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco The Tides of Time GG EU cart.jpg
    Cart
    Game Gear, JP
    Ecco2 GG JP Box Back.jpgEcco2 GG JP Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Ecco2 GG JP Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Game Gear, Asia
    EccoII GG Asia Box Back.jpgEccoII GG Asia Box Spine.jpgEccoII GG Asia Box Front.jpg
    Cover

    Master System version

    Master System, BR
    Ecco 2 SMS BR Box.jpg
    Cover
    EccoII SMS BR Cart.jpg
    Cart

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 ccb21f98
    MD5 3b28a4ddddb6ff6ea3bfb3c8b117522a
    SHA-1 82ec466a81b95942ad849c5e2f88781bef28acc8
    2MB 1994-06 Cartridge (US)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 7b1bf89c
    MD5 e138c4df98a14625b64aff0f0f435801
    SHA-1 cb7d44a40992cff6c31d685866814d6cb85add59
    2MB 1994-08 Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 062d439c
    MD5 0a18051c31d44d61cbf7a27dfc2a8d32
    SHA-1 0ca535d0e0d430c67e413ab904ef867516ce9fad
    2MB 1994-06 Cartridge (JP)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 5af83ecb
    MD5 f65406eb4961c0e4d7fad24ef7fb90b2
    SHA-1 3c653329c897e369198425e99e76ff53688d245b
    2MB 1994-04-29 CD-R disc[27]
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 b5d64817
    MD5 207aac421f6e9fda4a28b41a452d6e71
    SHA-1 6cc1ea0b6c4be29ed7a02cd5e01f9504d272323e
    2MB 1994-04-13 CD-R disc[28]
    Sega Mega Drive
     ?
    CRC32 8db60749
    MD5 267e4ca8fa4303e6ae49f6251ec949f2
    SHA-1 3120625e8ff6b289ae6c398b8afe1ab5ff6396e3
    2MB 1994-02
    Sega Mega Drive
     ?
    CRC32 1d1470ea
    MD5 c5f2888a66490430ff71ff960c9e6aee
    SHA-1 364523cd30615ce4a94793ebbc189c0db6adc38f
    2MB 1994-02 Only difference between this and above ROM is the header. One may be a hack of the other.
    Sega Mega-CD
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    668,071,488 CD (EU) 4441-50
    Sega Mega-CD
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    662,353,776 CD (US) 4441(Alt)
    Sega Mega-CD
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    659,841,840 CD (US) 4441
    Sega Master System
     ?
    CRC32 7C28703A
    MD5 FE58B4B23D58386CAD7111FD522CBF75
    SHA-1 61CEF405E5BC71F1A603881C025BC245A8D14BE4
    512kB Cartridge (BR)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 BA9CEF4F
    MD5 E4E654AA1730565220120844DAD6B444
    SHA-1 36095F4C92F6F66ED6BC20D9B96227D6FB0DAE5B
    512kB Cartridge (JP)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 E2F3B203
    MD5 8F8CBAEF1A8E1BECFCC7F07B134A3D83
    SHA-1 61913F6803977BB54FDA7C3D969DC2C0F7C6DA62
    512kB Cartridge (US/EU)

    External links

    References

    1. File:GamePlayers US 0712.pdf, page 10
    2. File:SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf, page 86
    3. File:GamePlayers US 0710.pdf, page 12
    4. 4.0 4.1 File:NewReleasesCatalogueApril-May1995AU.pdf, page 18
    5. File:SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf, page 96
    6. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_ecco2/ (archived: 2007-07-08 19:37)
    7. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/04.html (archived: 2018-03-05 23:40)
    8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/jKXT-8bXUW70B4QN-y99aYObSalmDU62 (archived: 2010-11-23 00:43)
    9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/ecco_the_tides_of_time (archived: 2017-06-26 22:03)
    10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 http://steamdb.info/app/34319/ (archived: 2013-05-22 20:15)
    11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 https://steamdb.info/app/34319/ (archived: 2017-05-22 07:41)
    12. 12.0 12.1 File:Ecco The Tides of Time MD FR Leaflet.pdf, page 4
    13. http://europeconservation.org/ (archived: 2002-03-28 01:26)
    14. http://www.europeconservation.org:80/ (archived: 1998-07-05 23:47)
    15. http://www.europeconservation.org:80/europe_home.htm (archived: 2007-08-13 23:42)
    16. File:Ecco The Tides of Time MD FR Leaflet.pdf, page 6
    17. File:EccoII MD FR Box.jpg
    18. File:Ecco The Tides of Time MD FR Leaflet.pdf, page 5
    19. File:Ecco The Tides Of Time MD US Manual.pdf, page 16
    20. File:GamePro US 064.pdf, page 52
    21. File:EGM US 065.pdf, page 372
    22. File:SegaVisions US 22.pdf, page 126
    23. File:BeepMD_JP_1994-09.pdf, page 16
    24. File:SSM_JP_19950901_1995-09.pdf, page 86
    25. File:MAN!AC DE 1995-04.pdf, page 61
    26. File:MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf, page 106
    27. http://hiddenpalace.org/Ecco:_The_Tides_of_Time_(Apr_29,_1994_prototype)
    28. http://hiddenpalace.org/Ecco:_The_Tides_of_Time_(Apr_13,_1994_prototype)


    Ecco: The Tides of Time
    Ecco 2 Title.png

    Main page | Comparisons | Magazine articles | Region coding


    Books: Ecco: The Tides of Time Official Strategy Guide (1994)

    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)