It gives me great pleasure to present to you Ecco I: Revision 01! This is a version of the game that seems to have never been officially released by Novotrade. However, it was used as a basis for the Japanese version. As a result, it plays much like the Japanese version but with English text. It incorporates a great number of bug fixes, difficulty changes, stage alterations, music changes, and even a couple more stages. Tails151 has prepared an excellent guide that details how this version differs from US Revision 00 and the Japanese version. Also provided is a downloadable copy of the ROM.
Check it out right here!
- Deven “Epicenter” Gallo
I have something special for the Ecco community today that a little hummingbird dropped into my lap. It’s a development prototype of Ecco the Dolphin for the Game Gear! Because I’ve got plenty to do already, I’ve decided to ask the community to help pick apart this version and find out how it differs from the final version. I’ve noticed some differences already myself. Note that this is “EPROM 20,” which, if the numbering scheme was kept accurate during development, means that it is the 20th test version copied to a hardware cartridge PCB. The final version is labeled as “EPROM 24.” As a result, this build is fairly close to the final release, but not quite there yet. So, let’s dust this ROM off and see what we can find! Any help would be greatly appreciated and will be featured in an upcoming site section documenting this version.
Download the ROM
201 KB .GG / .RAR Format
- Deven “Epicenter” Gallo
Sorry for the downtime, folks. I didn’t have the money to pay the server bill. As you may or may not know, this site is a personal project of mine and is paid for entirely out-of-pocket. Feel free to send donations via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help keep the site online- every little bit helps!
In the meantime, I’ll be posting some new content this weekend, along with some older goodies you may not have seen. Enjoy!
- Deven “Epicenter” Gallo
Thanks to everyone’s favorite troll Arkon for providing this. Here’s footage that was pitched to Sega as a trailer for the Saturn/32X Ecco game that never happened but was actually early footage from the development of Ecco II’s CG clips that we all know and love. I don’t normally use YouTube to host such things, but the footage is in FLV format so that is the easiest way to go– enjoy.
Footage itself comes from a Japanese promotional VHS tape if that wasn’t already apparent. Enjoy!
Looking at the site statistics, it’s come to my attention there are a large number of Ecco fans in Russia– so this may be of significant interest. These are ROMs of Ecco games for the Sega Genesis/MegaDrive that were translated and sold (though not legally) by the company NewGame. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the translations; but I hope you’ll enjoy these.
Said ROMs have been added to the following page: Here Ya Go!
Fixed a bug on the Ecco II Genesis prototypes page, so now it links directly to Prototype 0429 as well as X11 and the “E2A” playable preview. Whoops! Plenty more small fixes in progress, as well as a revamp of the Ecco music remixes section.
Also an added goodie downloadable for those who want to show their true Ecco nerdiness. James requested in the comments section here he’d like to have an Ecco sonar ringtone. So I decided to make 2 from the X11 sound effects track I had handy– an Ecco Sonar sound and an Orca Sonar sound, both provided as MP3:
Remember that whenever you leave a comment on any page I am notified by email– so it’s one of the best ways to suggest improvements to a particular section or page. And as always you can directly contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (the latter of which goes to my phone rather than my regular inbox).
Stay tuned for more Ecco stuff!
We had some weird problems with the new server but they seem to be ironed out now. Please let me know if you encounter any more issues! New updates coming shortly!
Sorry for the downtime the past couple of days, we had a bit of a mixup with the server. Thanks to those of you who brought the problem to my attention quickly!
I got a new (well, sort of new) laptop today, which will allow me to get more work done on the site on the go. Stay tuned!
SEGA Announces ECCO Water Wars 2. Har har har, guys. Ecco’s mastery of airsoft guns in those Bullshots notwithstanding, there’s still considerable likelihood of a new Ecco title on the horizon.
A quote from Ed Annunziata’s Twitter acct. reads, “Gdc report: zinga-ville wins! And, time for a new ecco on xbla!” Quite heartwarming, eh?
As for what’s new on the Dark Sea front; I’m working on rebuilding the Ecco mixes section and adding some new gems to it, then we’ll be releasing Ecco I Revision 01. We’ve begun research on another Ecco II Genesis prototype, however, the current plan is to begin on the Ecco Jr. (Genesis Version) and Ecco II (Game Gear, aaarrrggghh) prototypes before we move forward with our next Ecco II build.
I have also decided we will be implementing an Ecco Wiki, on-site to ensure it doesn’t go anywhere. I don’t trust sites like Wikia as much as my own server of choice. Especially with such a killer webhost as we have now.
For those of you who enjoy podcasting into the blogosphere with your XML-orators and your appleberries, I’ll also be starting a Twitter feed for the site to make keeping up to date easier.
Epicenter out, expect more from me shortly!
We’re currently hard at work on documentation of the next known Ecco II prototype, dated April 29, 1994, at which point there will be another joint release in partnership with Hidden Palace. In the meantime I have some surprises that I will continue to bring the Ecco crowd.
After some friendly correspondance from Hauke (formerly PsySonic) of Caverns of Hope, I’ve launched the beginnings of ECCO Portal– DARK SEA’s index of Ecco related resources on the Internet. Included are links to CoH, The Atlantis, and Ultimate Arkonviox.com. I expect this list to grow substantially in the near future, and currently have about 100 items to add to it. The goal, for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet, is an index of all Ecco-related resources on the internet, however big or small– as well as information on how to contact major players in the Ecco community. Feel free to leave any links/contact info you desire in the comments section of that page. Henceforth it is available under the left sidebar, in the “Interactive” section.
That’s it for this weekend; expect more from me this week! Epicenter out.