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    Mode 7

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    A simple texture mapping graphics mode on the SNES that allows a background layer to be rotated and scaled. Many game developers used this to create faux-3D worlds and environments.

    Anyone miss Mode 7?

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    #1  Edited By BubbleBobble

    Sure Mode 7 can be described as Pseudo-3D, but it still had a distinct charm despite it's limitations. 
     
    If you don't remember what Mode 7 was, games like F-Zero, the original Pilotwings, Starfox, Super Star Wars, Super Castlevania IV, & Super Mario Kart for the SNES had it in order to create a more advanced 2D plane, giving the illusion of 3D. This was done by rotations instead of pixels. 
     
    However, these games have managed to stand the test of time or atleast IMO. 
     
    What do you think, should we go back to Mode 7? 

       
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    #2  Edited By SamStrife

    Mode 7 was neat, it had a charm back then that still holds up today.  Why would we go back to it though, there's no need for it anymore...?

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    #3  Edited By BubbleBobble
    @SamStrife said:

    Mode 7 was neat, it had a charm back then that still holds up today.  Why would we go back to it though, there's no need for it anymore...?

    I can't explain it haha, maybe it's nostalgia, but I don't think so. There is just something about it
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    #4  Edited By Loose

    I'd be curious to see how it would look using today's technology, perhaps for a small XBLA/PSN game.

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    #5  Edited By buzz_clik

    There's this saying that I often employ, and it seems apt in this case: "You can't go home again."

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    #6  Edited By Slaker117

    Mode 7 is the only form of early 3D that I feels holds up at all. Anything else before the 6th console generation looks like a pointy mess.
     
    As for going back to it, outside of maybe some small downloadable games though, no. No reason to, far too limiting.

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    #7  Edited By Karl_Boss

    Hell yeah, Chrono Trigger had Mode 7.

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    #8  Edited By buft
    @BubbleBobble: star fox isnt mode 7 it actually uses polygons but yeah it certainly had its charm. 
     
    edit: oh my bad it did have mode 7 stuff as well. i checked on the wiki page. doh! 
     
    Also did a bit of research and although its an old game a company called apogee released a mario kart clone called whacky wheels for PC that had a software emulated mode 7 effect 
    heres a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vVIiKp6xMs
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    #9  Edited By mithhunter55

    @buft said:

    @BubbleBobble: star fox isnt mode 7 it actually uses polygons but yeah it certainly had its charm.

    edit: oh my bad it did have mode 7 stuff as well. i checked on the wiki page. doh!

    Also did a bit of research and although its an old game a company called apogee released a mario kart clone called whacky wheels for PC that had a software emulated mode 7 effect
    heres a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vVIiKp6xMs

    Apogee made a game called Hocus Pocus that I used to play all the time. I thought the Graphics were amazing at the time. Before I had a n64/snes.

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    #10  Edited By TehFlan

    I think Kirby Mass Attack used Mode 7, unless it just used some other method of scaling sprites.

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    #11  Edited By SpaceRunaway

    Eh, I don't know. If you haven't played them recently, F-Zero and Mario Kart might not hold up as well as you think they do. I think it's a little bit crazy to say that the Mode 7 3-D holds up better than stuff from the Playstation/Saturn era (okay, maybe it holds up better than the Jaguar...). At least on those games you can, you know, actually move in a straight line. Not to say that it wasn't still extremely cool at the time.

    Also remember how every game had it's "Look at us we're using mode 7!" moment? Also remember how so often that moment was just the title screen?

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    #12  Edited By Dagbiker

    Mode 7 was cool, but you haven't seen anything until you seen Mode 8.

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    #13  Edited By TheHBK

    Watching that Rainbow Road video makes me hate Mario Kart 64 even more.

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    #14  Edited By Video_Game_King

    No, because 3D is a thing now.

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    #15  Edited By Dagbiker

    The last thing I played that used mode 7 was golden sun

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    #16  Edited By MikeGosot
    @Video_Game_King said:

    No, because 3D is a thing now.

    I hate to agree with you, but yeah... This. Also, you're were wrong that time when we were talking about Yu-Gi-Oh, because you need to tribute 3 monsters to summon The Winged Dragon Of Rah and you haven't done that.
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    #17  Edited By Video_Game_King

    @MikeGosot:

    (What the hell did you expect?)

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    #18  Edited By MikeGosot
    @Video_Game_King: You have won this battle sir, but not this war. Also, Kaiba ftw.
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    #19  Edited By Karl_Boss

    My response from over 5 months ago is seasonally appropriate.

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    #20  Edited By MooseyMcMan

    Mode 7 is crazy. And really bad looking today. But in a way I love.

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    #21  Edited By radar5

    @Unknown_Pleasures: that's what brought me to this forum

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    #22  Edited By milsorgen

    @Loose said:

    I'd be curious to see how it would look using today's technology, perhaps for a small XBLA/PSN game.

    Yeah I was just thinking modern graphics mode 7 style would be sweet, but I'm wondering if there are any examples of mode 7 or something like it from something strong with 2d, like the Saturn? I'd like to see what could be done with a bigger palette if nothing else.

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