This SNES emulator mod makes Mode 7 graphics ‘HD’ with amazing results.

My favorite thing about emulating modern 3D games is the ability to run them at vastly higher resolutions—The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for example, is stunning at 4K. Higher resolution rendering doesn’t work so well for older pixel art games, or so I thought. A mod released today for Super Nintendo emulator bsnes, called HD Mode 7, shows how much detail you can get out of the faux 3D mode’s graphics.

You can see the difference above—the left half of the image is what Mode 7 normally looks like, and the right half is “HD”. I spliced the two screenshots together. Here’s a comparison you can play with yourself.

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