This week in gaming history: 29th July – 4th August
The late Eighties and early Nineties in gaming was all about platforming or Action Adventure games, and added bonus was cute animals. With hedgehogs all the rage it seemed strange that Sega pulled a Dolphin out of nowhere, yet it worked.
The 29th July 1992 saw the release of Ecco the Dolphin who is quite fondly remembered by those who have played the game, and rightly so. It was followed by Ecco II: The Tides of Time, Ecco. Jr and Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the future and we’ve not seen our favourite dolphin since the year 2000 but I hold on in hope.
What else happened?
31st July 1980: Nintendo release the game and watch title Fire.
1st August 1992: Mario Paint was released for the SNES in North America (Japan received it on the 14th July and Europe got it in December). I’m hoping for a WiiU sequel.
1st August 1993: For the first time in the Western world the original Super Mario Bros. 2 (AKA the Lost Levels) was released as North America had Super Mario Allstars unleashed on it. In addition to the Lost Levels was a remake of Super Mario 1, 2 and 3. It still looks great today and it was re-released for Wii in December of 2010.
3rd August 1984: Football manager is released for the Commodore 64 in Europe improving from the text only release of the original in 1982. Whilst not the same series as the current Football Manager games it did start the football management simulation games genre.