Is Ecco the Dolphin getting a 3D makeover on 3DS?

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Looks like Sonic the Hedgehog won’t be the only Genesis game getting a 3D make over. If PEGI’s ratings website is anything to go by, Ecco the Dolphin will soon be coming to 3DS with a new 3D coat of paint. I hope this sells: its superior sequel Tides of Time would be a real sight to behold in 3D.

The game hasn’t officially been confirmed by SEGA, but given the track record of the ratings boards in predicting SEGA’s 3DS digital titles as of late, I am definitely willing to take this at face value. Is it too much to ask for this to use content from the SEGA CD version, SEGA?

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10 responses to “Is Ecco the Dolphin getting a 3D makeover on 3DS?

  1. Ben says:

    Is it too much to ask for new games instead of enhanced ports from a company who never used to play it so safe?

  2. Nux says:

    Yes, and gamers rewarded them splendidly for not playing it safe by never buying their games, instead opting for the latest entry in a big budget franchise.

    And to answer your question, given the innumerable difference in cost between a new game and a 16 bit port with enhanced features: yes, probably.

  3. Shinobi100 says:

    There will be NO reboots or fresh sequels to classic Sega IPs in the future…in the physical copy realm at least. Sega tried this recently with one of their MOST classic IPs, Shinobi, with a well put together entry (70% positive critic AND user score on Metacritic), and yet it managed to sell a disappointing 150,000 copies worldwide (roughly). Granted, the game was heavily criticized for its graphics. But still, with a solid IP & solid scores, you SHOULD be able to move 300k+ copies.

    I’m ALL for releasing these retro Genesis titles on 3DS. Consider: In the 9 years that the DS & 3DS have been on the market, only Sonic 1-3 + S&K, Earthworm Jim, Altered Beast, Super Hang-On, and Space Harrier (which isn’t even technically a Genesis title) have been made available on the Nintendo handhelds. We are talking about a system that was at one point in history the NUMBER ONE selling console in the world, and we’ve been able to play a ‘whopping’ 8 of its titles in the 9 years the DS family has been in existence. DS owners have NEVER been able to play ridiculously iconic IPs like Vectorman, Streets of Rage, Toejam & Earl, Comix Zone, Gunstar Heroes, and yes, Ecco the Dolphin. That, my friends, is criminal support for a system.

    Ideally, the currently available Sega 3D games on the eShop, + Ecco, + a couple more of those classic IPs would be made available in a retail compilation, a sort of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection Portable. But like I mentioned in my previous post, physical copies are not exactly in Sega’s future plans. So I’d appreciate if anyone who had connections to the greatest gaming company ever assembled would recommend this physical compilation to them.

  4. Welsh Lion says:

    Oh God Please no!

    Make it for the PS Vita.

    • Nux says:

      Vita can’t do 3D!

      Unless you mean Ecco without 3D. In which case…go download the Genesis Collection onto your Vita.

  5. Ben says:

    “Yes, and gamers rewarded them splendidly for not playing it safe by never buying their games, instead opting for the latest entry in a big budget franchise.”

    Anyone who buys a copy of Ecco 1 would buy a brand new entry, Nuckles, if it were to be released; Ecco 1 will sell to Ecco fans, though a full-on sequel would sell to the fans and more; I’d definitely buy a sequel.

    A port, though? Not really sure.

    “There will be NO reboots or fresh sequels to classic Sega IPs in the future…in the physical copy realm at least. Sega tried this recently with one of their MOST classic IPs, Shinobi, with a well put together entry (70% positive critic AND user score on Metacritic), and yet it managed to sell a disappointing 150,000 copies worldwide (roughly). ”

    Well, I bet this Ecco port will be digital, I can’t see SEGA making a physical copy for a Genesis port.

    Shinobi had almost no marketing whatsoever, got just okay reviews, and did not look like a $40 3DS game. It also came out on the 3DS at a time where the system was struggling. Releasing a risky title early on in a system’s lifespan is tricky; sometimes you can have huge success with it. Other times, a small userbase prevents a game from having success.

  6. Nux says:

    Yeah, anyone who buys Ecco 1 might buy a brand new entry, at least provided this brand new entry doesn’t try anything new to turn them off. But that wasn’t really my point. My point was that a port of a Genesis game is a LOT cheaper to produce then an all new game.

    Your personal tastes are interesting and all, but that doesn’t mean a new Ecco game will actually sell well. It just means you might buy it. I mean, can you tell me how many people are going to buy this Ecco port?

  7. Amrith says:

    It was better when they brought arcade classics like Space Harrier and Super Hang On on 3DS.
    Sega should have done a separate collection for MegaDrive ports.

  8. Monty says:

    If Sega tries to make a comeback with an IP, it should be given the utmost care and development along with the appropriate marketing. Which I doubt they will do looking at Shinobi 3DS, one of their most prized mascots in the past.

  9. ROJM says:

    This is stupid. The original creators including the original musician was willing to create a fresh new ECCO game for digital for Sega and Sega passed them up. Now they want to revisit the original(yet again) for 3DS? I don’t understand this mentality in doing that. Especially if they keep releasing crap like ZAXXON that wasn’t anything like the original instead.

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