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 >Ecco The Dolphin

Box art by Boris Vallejo

Peruvian/ North American artwork, first published by Sega in 1992.

Designed for the European and American markets. Sega Mega Drive version pictured.

Also available on: Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.


Highly recognisable and beautifully painted, Ecco’s western debut cover art would do the unthinkable and beat the Japanese at their own game.


Artist Boris Vallejo and his stunning high fantasy box arts would help push Sega’s Mega Drive towards a maturer audience in the early 90’s, Ecco being a classic example. When comparing Sega of Japan’s equivalent box art you can see that they and Sega of America had different ideas on the age they were marketing to.  


Ecco in the East was for pre-teen children, with its light-anime look and cheerful disposition, whilst Ecco in the West was for teenagers, eschewing the cartooned 90’s characterisation this type of box art often portrayed.


The cover art is classic Vallejo with its large, glossy, highly detailed protagonists, painted in oils.


The games success led to further entries with Boris creating all North American box arts.




Ecco the dolphin

Other notable Boris Vallejo box arts

1990

>Star Control (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis

>Swords and Serpents (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.








1991

>Golden Axe II (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.

>Mike Ditka’s Ultimate Football (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis.






If you like Ecco the Dolphin you’ll love…

1989

>Blood Money (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.



Sources and further reading:

>http://vallejo.ural.net/about.php3

>http://fantasy.art.passion.free.fr/artist-boris-vallejo.php

>http://www.imaginistix.com/






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1991

>Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (EU/ NA) Game Gear.

>Blue Almanac (JP) Mega Drive.

Updated - 16/9/13, by Adam Gidney

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