Previously announced Valve ports Portal as well as Portal 2 Finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch yesterday. At only $20 for both games, this is an absolute steal for the top two puzzle games of all time, but according to one modderthe release also presumably means that other classic Valve games will work on the switch too—mostly.
There’s good reason to roll your eyes when a console maker announces it’s porting old games to new systems and expanding its lineup with games you’ve already played and paid for. But things are different for the Switch, as it means countless classic games are now portable and playable just about anywhere, not just in the living room or at the gaming PC desk. Portal remains one of the best and most original games of all time, and its sequel has been a welcome second aid.
But according to OatmealDome, who’s on twitter bills itself as a “Switch, iOS, and macOS specialist” and also runs on a Dolphin emulator. Portal on Switch is notable for the fact that the game was actually nothing more than an add-on mod for half life 2, using the source code of this game at its core. So with Portal ported to the Switch and installed on the console by the Source engine, it opened the door for Half life 2 to run on a portable system as well.
At the moment this mod is not for everyone – you really need to know your a way to bypass the inner workings of the switch to make it work, and since BuntingDome also states: “The game sometimes crashes, some maps are unplayable, NPC animations are glitchy, saves don’t work, and world cameras don’t appear correctly.” There’s also quite a bit of stuttering in the gameplay, which isn’t surprising considering it’s only been about 24 hours since then. Portal was available on the switch and Half life 2 not yet optimized to run on hardware in any way.
Eventually someone might compile a guide on how to get Half life 2 works on the switch via Portalbut our ideal result is that enough players buy Portal kit that Valve completes with official ports Half life 2 and Gordon Freeman’s original adventure: two games we’re more than ready to play on the bank again.
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