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Encyclopedia > Ecco the Dolphin (series)

Ecco the Dolphin is the collective name given to a series of video games published by Sega which primarily take place underwater. They were originally developed for the Sega Mega Drive (known as the Sega Genesis in North America) and Dreamcast video game consoles, but have since been ported to numerous systems. The games are named after their main character, Ecco, a young bottlenose dolphin. They are known for being unique and highly challenging titles. Ecco was created by E. Ettore "Ed" Annunziata,[1] who also produced the Mega Drive game Chakan: The Forever Man. This article is about computer and video games. ... Sega Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... An underwater scene just beneath the surface. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Shark and Katana during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Four different video game consoles from different generations. ... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... The title role is the role (or position) of the character after whom a literary work (e. ... Binomial name Montagu, 1821 Bottlenose Dolphin range (in blue) The Bottlenose Dolphin is the most common and well-known dolphin, recent molecular studies showing it is in fact two species, Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), and Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (). It inhabits warm and temperate seas worldwide and may be... Chakan: The Forever Man is a Sega Genesis game published by Sega of America January 1st, 1992. ...


The Ecco the Dolphin games hinge on the idea that cetaceans are sapient beings and have their own society under the waves. In the Mega Drive/Genesis games, humans are barely acknowledged and never by name. The cetaceans also call themselves "Singers". In the Dreamcast game, dolphins and presumably other cetaceans have united with humans in a cross-species society. Suborders Mysticeti Odontoceti (see text) The order Cetacea includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. ... Sapience is the ability of an organism or entity to act with judgment. ... This article is about the dolphin mammal. ...


Ecco himself is a young adult male bottlenose dolphin, though his gender was ambiguous in the original game. He is very strong and intelligent, even for a cetacean. He is also able to use many unusual powers, such as shapechanging and using his sonar as a weapon. He has five distinct markings on his head; they are stars that form the constellation Delphinus. Shapeshifting, transformation or transmogrification refers to a change in the form or shape of a person. ... The F70 type frigates (here, La Motte-Picquet) are fitted with VDS (Variable Depth Sonar) type DUBV43 or DUBV43C towed sonars SONAR (SOund Navigation And Ranging) â€” or sonar â€” is a technique that uses sound propagation under water (primarily) to navigate, communicate or to detect other vessels. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ...

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Storylines and ports

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). It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Screenshot of Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis. ... Screenshot of Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Shark and Katana during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Screenshot of Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis. ...


Ecco the Dolphin and Ecco: The Tides of Time were both re-released for the Sega Mega-CD, Master System and Game Gear, and Defender of the Future was re-released for the PlayStation 2. The Mega-CD version of Ecco the Dolphin was also ported to Microsoft Windows in 1995. Ecco the Dolphin was also re-released on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance as part of the fourth Sega Smash Pack, along with Sonic Spinball and Golden Axe. However, this port is often looked down upon by Ecco fans; some the most frequent complaints include the removal of most of the music, stiff controls, poorly-scaled graphics, Ecco going off the screen and message screens being hard to read. The original two Mega Drive/Genesis games has recently been ported and released for Nintendo's Wii console via the Virtual Console service.[2] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sega Master System The Sega Master System (SMS for short) (Japanese: マスターシステム), was an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... The Game Boy Advance is a best-selling handheld. ... Sega Smash Pack is a series of game compilations featuring mostly Sega Genesis games. ... Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (also known as Sonic Spinball) is a pinball game combined somewhat with the storyline of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ... Golden Axe is a side-scrolling arcade hack n slash game released in 1989 by Sega. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... A logo from Nintendos Virtual Console website Virtual Console ), sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a specialized section of the Wii Shop, a video game download service that is currently offered by Nintendo for its Wii gaming console. ...


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. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a UK childrens comic published fortnightly by Fleetway Editions (the merged companies Fleetway and London Editions, which progressively became integrated with its parent company Egmont until it became known as Egmont Magazines) between 1993 and 2002. ... Woodrow Phoenix is a British comics artist and writer who also works in the fields of editorial illustration, graphic design, font design and childrens books. ... Chris Webster (born 1961) is a British comics writer and artist. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


Series history

Ecco the Dolphin

Main article: Ecco the Dolphin It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


Released in 1992 by Novotrade, 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. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Appaloosa Interactive is a Hungarian company that produced numerous console games during the 1980s and 90s. ...


Ecco II: The Tides of Time

Main article: Ecco: The Tides of Time Screenshot of Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis. ...


Also known as Ecco: The Tides of Time. It was released in 1995, 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. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


Ecco Jr.

Main artilce: Ecco Jr. Screenshot of Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis. ...


Also released in 1995, this title was intended as edutainment and lacked the sophistication and difficulty of the previous two titles in series. Edutainment (also educational entertainment or entertainment-education) is a form of entertainment designed to educate as well as to amuse. ...


Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future

Main article: Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Screenshot of Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis. ...


Released in 2000 and unconnected to the other titles in the series, this Dreamcast title reinvisioned the Ecco mythos in a new Earth with a new premise. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Shark and Katana during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ...


Ecco II: Sentinels of the Universe

Ecco II: Sentinels of the Universe is an unannounced, unreleased sequel to Defender of the Future that was discovered on an eBay auction. All that has been shown so far is a level list and an ingame screenshot, as well as two videos of Ecco swimming in a level called Atlantis. The loading screen for the stage was upside-down in the prototype. Another prototype screenshot shows a debug menu listing some levels- in addition to Atlantis, other level names include "Ancient City," "Galleon's Fort," "Home of Narwhals," "Hanging Spheres," and "Hanging Caverns." [3]


References

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Ecco the Dolphin (series)

The following games and their instruction manuals: Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ...

  • Novotrade International. Ecco the Dolphin. Sega Mega Drive. 1992-08-16.
  • Novotrade International. Ecco: The Tides of Time. Sega Mega Drive. 1995-10-10.
  • Appaloosa Interactive. Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future. Sega Dreamcast. 2000-08-16.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Interview with Ed Annunziata. Dark Sea. Retrieved on 2006-09-20.
  2. ^ SEGA games for Wii's VC found on ESRB website. Codename Revolution. Retrieved on 2006-09-12.
  3. ^ Ecco II: Sentinels of the Universe. SegaKatana. Retrieved on 2007-03-20.

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External links

  • Caverns of Hope - A small Ecco site.
  • Dark Sea - An Ecco resource site.
  • STC-Archive - An online archive of Sonic the Comic, featuring the Ecco the Dolphin comics.

 
 

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