Tag Archives: Mode 7

Pilotwings, Super Nintendo

Nintendo‘s famous flying game, Pilotwings, first came out in Japan in 1990, then the following year was a launch title for the North American and European releases of the Super Nintendo.

Pilotwings uses scaling and rotation effects (known as ‘Mode 7’ in some circles) to give a visual representation of the ground, with regular 2D sprites making up everything else, and it works extremely well.

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Final Fantasy V, Super Nintendo

Final Fantasy V (five) was released in Japan for the Super Nintendo in 1992 although it did not get an official English language translation until it was later re-released on the Sony PlayStation in 1999.

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Secret of Mana, Super Nintendo

Although many people seem to dismiss Secret of Mana (known in its native Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2) – at least when compared to its superior sequel – it does still have quite a bit going for it.

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Super Castlevania IV, Super Nintendo

Released in 1991, Konami‘s Super Castlevania IV was one of the earliest releases for the Super Nintendo console – and one of the best.

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Spindizzy Worlds, Super Nintendo

Paul Shirley‘s superb isometric puzzle/action game, Spindizzy Worlds, translates well to the Super Nintendo, even though this conversion did not have his blessing.

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Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, Super Nintendo

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a fantastic strategy action game, developed by Quest, and first published on the Super Nintendo in 1993.

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R-Type III: The Third Lightning, Super Nintendo

This 1994 Super Nintendo exclusive (at the time) is half sequel, half remake of Irem‘s classic arcade shooter, R-Type.

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The Firemen, Super Nintendo

The Firemen is an original overhead action game with you controlling a small team of intrepid fire fighters while out on duty.

Rather than shooting bullets you’re aiming water from high pressure hoses at bits of the scenery that are on fire. You have to make your way around various burning landscapes, rescuing people, and dealing with problems as they come up. The game even has boss battles – usually with great big, amorphous, flame-like sprites that have to be doused with water to beat.

Graphically, The Firemen is classic Super Nintendo – lots of big, detailed, colourful sprites, cute characters, smooth scrolling and Mode 7. The action teeters from tense and action-packed to quite light-hearted in places, although the potentially tricky subject matter is treated with the utmost respect.

The Firemen was developed and published by Human Entertainment in 1994. A sequel – called The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny – was released for the Sony PlayStation in 1995.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Firemen

F-Zero, Super Nintendo

F-Zero is an extremely fast and memorable futuristic racing game from the early days of the Super Nintendo. 1990 to be precise. F-Zero – and Super Mario World – were the only two games available for the SNES on the day of its launch in Japan.

F-Zero is pure and simple racing. There are jumps. There are traps. Some of the courses are horribly devious. You have to fuel-up by accessing the pit lane every once in a while. Otherwise: F-Zero is non-stop racing, crashing and bashing.

There are 15 different tracks, each divided into three leagues ordered by increasing difficulty. And each league has four difficulty levels: beginner, standard, expert and master. Artifical Intelligence controls the other craft, and races are often fraught and exciting, with devious tricks pulled by all sides to gain an advantage or win.

F-Zero perfectly shows off the SNES‘s amazing ‘Mode 7’ scaling and rotating technique too, because all the courses scroll underneath you quickly and smoothly due to this graphical ability. And with much less texture distortion than you would see on a PlayStation as well…

The only downside is that F-Zero has no multiplayer mode. That doesn’t affect its status as one of the best racing games of all time though.

F-Zero spawned a number of impressive sequels too. Particularly the one on the Gamecube.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-Zero_(video_game)

Super Mario Kart, Super Nintendo

I would argue that the original 1992 Super Mario Kart on the SNES is still the greatest Mario Kart game of all time.

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