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































Number of players: 1
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
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

  • Producer: Jerry Markota
  • Ecco's Creator: Ed Annunziata
  • Developer: Novotrade
  • Director: László Mérõ
  • Software Director: Attila Bús
  • Art Director: Eszter Páris
  • Main Programmer: László Megyeri
  • Artist: Bori Páris
  • Music: Gábor Foltán, Csaba Gigor, László Fazekas
  • Programmer: Balázs Pápai
  • Hardware Support: Lajos Szabó
  • Special Thanks: Andrea Eszterhai, L. Szenttornyai, József Molnár, Mihály Brudnyák, Tamás Csendes, Ádám Jedovszky
  • Lead Tester: Blair Bullock
  • Assistant Lead: Chris Colon
  • Testers: Michael Baldwin, Rachel Bristol, Don Carmichael, Mike Chao, Daniel Cohen, Arnold Feener, Craig Gansheimer, Jeff Kessler, Randy Kreidt, Matt McKnight, Jeff Ng, Randy Norfleet, Ilya Reeves, Kim Rogers, Sam Saliba, Gregg Vogt, Christine Watson, Michael Wu

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

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EccoII UK PrintAdvert.jpg

UK print advert
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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]

Television advertisements

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US

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
48 №1, p116/117/118/119
90
73
88
86 №6, p13
81
77 №1995-04, p61[23]
91 №26, p106/107[24]
92 №26, p44/45
60 №2, p100
92 №47, p102/103/104/105
82 №61, p58/59/60
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
12 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[25]
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b5d64817
MD5 207aac421f6e9fda4a28b41a452d6e71
SHA-1 6cc1ea0b6c4be29ed7a02cd5e01f9504d272323e
2MB 1994-04-13 CD-R disc[26]
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:MAN!AC DE 1995-04.pdf, page 61
  24. File:MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf, page 106
  25. http://hiddenpalace.org/Ecco:_The_Tides_of_Time_(Apr_29,_1994_prototype)
  26. http://hiddenpalace.org/Ecco:_The_Tides_of_Time_(Apr_13,_1994_prototype)


Ecco: The Tides of Time
Ecco 2 Title.png

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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)