The 7th Mode


Secret of Mana (1993)


In the console war between the Super Nintendo and the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US), Mode 7 was a scanline-by-scanline charge by the SNES during early graphical skirmishes. This hardware-native feature allowed for pseudo-3D, creating a new sense of speed and perspective in launch games such as F-Zero, where racers such as the bounty hunter Captain Falcon hovered smoothly across intergalactic circuits suspended in the sky in the year 2560; or Pilotwings, where pilots earned their wings hang gliding, rocket belting and whatnot in the sky over lush islands in the year 1990.

F-Zero (1990)

“Nerd Your Enthusiasm: Mode 7”, Russell Bennetts, HILOBROW

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