Ecco: The Tides of Time

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Ecco: The Tides of Time
Ecco: The Tides of Time
Publisher: Sega

Developer: Novotrade

System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Master System, Virtual Console, Steam

ROM Size: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis 2MB, Sega Master System Sega Game Gear 512kB

Genre: Action

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis JP 1994-08-25 ¥6,800 G-4123
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis US 1994 $? 1553
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis US (Mega Hit) 1995 $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis EU 1994 £? 1553-50
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis FR 1994  ?FF 1553-09
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis AU 1994 $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis AU (Platinum) 199x $? FECC01SMC
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis BR 199x R$? 046470
Sega Master System BR 1996 $? 028630
Sega Game Gear JP 1995-02-03 ¥3,800 G-3362
Sega Game Gear US 1995 $? 2541
Sega Game Gear EU 1995 £? 2541-50
Sega Mega-CD US 1994 $? 4441
Sega Mega-CD EU 1994 £? 4441-50
Sega Mega-CD BR 199x $? 063460
Virtual Console JP 2007-06-26 600 points  ?
Virtual Console US 2007-07-02 800 points  ?
Virtual Console EU 2007-07-06 800 points  ?
PCs US (Steam) 2010-10-26 $2.99  ?
PCs EU (Steam) 2010-10-26 £1.99  ?

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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.

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

New gameplay elements incluie 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.

Production Credits

Mega Drive Version

Game Gear and Master System 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


Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Mega Drive Version

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis 80 Sega Retro Average
Based on 11 reviews
Publication Score Source
CD Consoles ­† 48 №1, p116/117/118/119
Consoles + 90
EGM 73
GameFan 88
Joypad 81
Mega 92 №26, p44/45
Mean Machines Sega 91 №26, p106/107
NEXT Generation 60 №2, p100
Player One 92 №47, p102/103/104/105
Sega Power 82 №61, p58/59/60
VG&CE 80
Mega Drive, US
Ecco 2 MD US Box.jpg


Ecco 2 MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
Ecco2 MD US Box MHS.jpg


Ecco2 MD US Cart MHS.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
Ecco 2 MD EU Box.jpg


EccoII MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
Ecco 2 MD JP Box.jpg


Mega Drive, AU
Ecco2 MD AU cover.jpg


Mega Drive, AU
(Sega Platinum Collection)
Ecco2 MD AU Box Platinum.jpg


Mega Drive, BR
Ecco2 MD BR Box.jpg


Mega Drive, FR
EccoII MD FR Box.jpg


Mega CD Version

Sega Mega-CD 82 Sega Retro Average
Based on 11 reviews
Publication Score Source
Consoles + 92 №41, p146
EGM 76
Game Players 78
Games World 84 №11, p80
Joypad 87
NEXT Generation 60 №3, p95
Player One 95 №51, p105
Sega Magazine (UK) 92 №16, p92/93
Sega Power 80 №67, p57
Sega Pro 81 №44, p56
VG&CE 80
Mega-CD, US
Ecco2 MCD US Box Back.jpgEcco2 MCD US Box Front.jpg


Ecco - The Tides of Time (U) (CD).jpg
Ecco2 mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
Ecco2 MCD EU Box Back.jpgEcco2 MCD EU Box Front.jpg


EccoToT MCD EU spinecard.jpg
Mega-CD, BR
EccoToT MCD BR back.jpgNospine.pngEccoII MCD BR Box Front.jpg


Game Gear Version

Sega Game Gear 79 Sega Retro Average
Based on 5 reviews
Publication Score Source
Consoles + 92
EGM 65
Player One 85 №51, p105
Sega Power 78 №60, p60
Sega Pro 74 №41, p66
Game Gear, US
Ecco2 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngEcco2 GG US Box Front.jpg


Ecco The Tides of Time GG US cart.jpg
Ecco2 gg us manual.pdf
Game Gear, EU
Ecco 2 GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngEcco 2 GG EU Box Front.jpg


Ecco The Tides of Time GG EU cart.jpg
Game Gear, FR
EccoTides GG FR cover.jpg


Ecco The Tides of Time GG EU cart.jpg
Game Gear, JP
Ecco2 GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngEcco2 GG JP Box Front.jpg


Ecco2 GG JP Cart.jpg

Master System Version

Master System, BR
Ecco 2 SMS BR Box.jpg


External Links

Games in the Ecco the Dolphin Series
Sega Mega Drive Ecco the Dolphin (1992) | Ecco: The Tides of Time (1994) | Ecco Jr. (1995)
Sega Mega-CD Ecco the Dolphin (1993) | Ecco: The Tides of Time (1994) | Ecco the Dolphin CD (1995)
Sega Master System Ecco the Dolphin (1993) | Ecco: The Tides of Time (1996)
Sega Game Gear Ecco the Dolphin (1993) | Ecco: The Tides of Time (1995)
Sega Pico Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt! (1994)
Sega Dreamcast Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (2000) | Ecco the Dolphin 2: Sentinels of the Universe (Unreleased)
Nintendo 3DS 3D Ecco the Dolphin (2013)