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Ecco the Dolphin

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Nintendo 3DS
SEGA Master System
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Travel through time along with Ecco the dolphin, in the only game that could call itself a "dolphin simulator". Indeed, you can do pretty much everything a typical dolphin does, including eating fish, surfacing in order to breathe, using your biological sonar and of course, jumping out of the water to amaze your friends.

The storyline is actually deeper that one may think by looking at the box illustration. As Ecco, you are the only dolphin who managed to escape from a giant whirlpool which sucked down your entire pod. The five shining stars on your forehead show that you are the chosen one to save them. But that task will be not be an easy one, as you will have to travel through time and space with the Atlantean time machine, and meet the mystical Asterite in order to defeat the Vortex Queen.


Ecco the Dolphin Windows Deep waters with yellow fishes
Ecco the Dolphin Genesis Hope the orca will know something.
Ecco the Dolphin SEGA CD Use your turbo to get faster and beat enemies.
Ecco the Dolphin SEGA Master System Underground world

Alternate Titles

  • "Ecco" -- In-game title
  • "エコー・ザ・ドルフィン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Most Beautiful Game Music Ever Created. SEGA CD Guy Chapman (1746)
Solitude... Genesis J. G. (7)
Make use of Cheat Codes! Genesis Laura Rosenberger (7)
Cult Classic SEGA CD ETJB (418)

The Press Says

Player One Game Gear Dec, 1993 96 out of 100 96
Player One SEGA CD Dec, 1993 95 out of 100 95 Windows Aug, 2007 9 out of 10 90
1UP! Genesis May 22, 2009 89 out of 100 89
Edge SEGA CD Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear Feb, 1994 B 75
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 29, 2006 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
IGN Wii Dec 13, 2006 7 out of 10 70
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Aug 15, 2007 6.8 out of 10 68
IGN Xbox 360 Aug 17, 2007 6 out of 10 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
Favorite level music from Ecco the Dolphin 1 Johnny de Alba
Aug 29, 2008


Cut content

There are two spots high above water along the left and right walls of Origin Beach where there were once glyphs (Or some creature) that was removed from the game. However if you use your sonar against those walls you still get messages from them.

The left one says:

"We hear song in the ocean!"

"We hear our kind in the sea!"

"Never have we heard songs in the sea!"

The right one says:

"You sing our song under the waves - who are you?"

"Could we sing in the sea? Could we live in the sea?"

"Perhaps we will try!"

Ed Annunziata explained that this was the answer to the question Ecco was asked in Home Bay "Why do Dolphins live in the sea?"

Ecco was supposed to be talking to his prehistoric ancestors and convincing them to join him in the deep! Unfortunately they were removed to time constraints.


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    • Issue #4 - #100 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
Information also contributed by Big John WV

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