Modders have managed to get Half-Life 2 running on the Switch, after the release of Portal: Companion Collection.
OatmealDome, who provides regular information on Switch firmware updates, said, on Twitter (via VGC):
“The entirety of Half-Life 2 (minus maps and music) is present in the ROM. Might be leftovers from the [Nvidia] Shield version. I should note that having at least some Half-Life 2 leftovers present in the ROM is expected, considering Portal 1 is just a fancy mod of Half-Life 2. That being said, there are a lot of files that shouldn’t be here (HL2-specific models, NPCs, voice clips, etc).”
After a number of hours of tinkering, OatmealDome then began importing maps into Portal: Companion Collection. This was an attempt, basically, to port of Half-Life 2 into the new game.
“The game kinda works. It occasionally crashes, some maps are impossible to progress in, NPC animations are bugged, saves don’t work, and world cameras are placed at the wrong coordinates.”
After this, other modders joined the noble cause. And OatmealDome then released a video of the Switch mod:
Valve released Portal: Companion collection yesterday. The collection comprises Portal and Portal 2—two widely celebrated classics.
In VideoGamer’s review of Portal, Wesley Yin-Poole said that “Portal is one of the best ideas for a game we’ve ever seen.”
And, as for the sequel, Jamin Smith said:
“I may have buttoned my lip in terms of concrete spoilers, but a mere ten minutes here will yield more memorable moments than you’re likely to squeeze out of the entirety of most other games this year. In all aspects of its design, Portal 2 is genius.”