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Ecco the Dolphin (MD)

Ecco the Dolphin (MD)

You’ve undoubtedly played Ecco the Dolphin on the Genesis or European Mega Drive, but it’s worth giving the Japanese version a try. Released last, it added some features the others lacked, including a more fleshed-out story and a new stage. Together, these additions make the Japanese release the definitive cartridge version of the game.

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Ecco the Dolphin (Game Gear)

Ecco the Dolphin (Game Gear)

If you haven’t played some version of Ecco the Dolphin yet, you’re definitely missing out on a unique and innovative take on action games. The Game Gear version is a great way to get started with the franchise, as it offers all the gameplay and charm of the original, with some nice details added. This is definitely one you’ll want in your game library.

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Ecco: The Tides of Time CD

Ecco: The Tides of Time CD

The Ecco the Dolphin series is one that many people love and enjoy, given its intriguing gameplay and incredible atmosphere. The games showed their potential on the Sega CD, adding stunning soundtracks and video sequences. Tides of Time was a great example of the power of CD being used to make a great game even better.

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Scholastic’s Magic School Bus: Space Exploration Game

Scholastic’s Magic School Bus: Space Exploration Game

The Sega Club was a short-lived line of titles directed at the younger gamer set, those little brothers and sisters that would occupy the Genesis while their elder siblings played the Nomad or were out of the house. Though not widely acknowledged, the majority of the games in the series were actually quite good, and many still hold up today. Granted, they didn’t exactly tax the hardware or feature any deeply compelling gameplay, but they didn’t need to. The audience they catered to was one with few demands, and as long as the games were entertaining, the little ones were happy. Scholastic’s Magic School Bus was a game that focused on science, primarily astronomy, and it offered a myriad of gameplay segments that were engaging enough to keep kids playing but were never too hard.

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California Games

California Games

Epyx scored a series of hits in the late ’80s with its Games series, and the California edition was ported to every console ever conceived by man. Ok, maybe not that many, but it sure does seem like everyone had a chance to play California Games, no matter what console or computer they had. The Genesis got a port of its own, courtesy of Ecco wonder group Novotrade, but what could have been the best version of all turned out to be a major letdown. After spending time with this one and seeing all the lost potential, we think someone at Novotrade deserved to be smacked in the head with a solid steel footbag.

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