I love handheld gaming and I love Portal. To be honest, I’m kind of surprised we haven’t received and official Portal game for one of the handheld consoles yet. It seems like they would be a perfect match for each other. Alas, it’s something else to add to the pile of games we want from Valve. That just makes this homebrew all the more awesome/heartbreaking.
The modder Smealum has posted a new video showcasing his Portal port for the DS, which he’s been working on for the past six months. Despite saying that it’s no where near playable, it looks pretty damn cool, and brings in just about everything you’d need for a Portal game (minus the sound).
Here’s what he said about the video on his site:
“This is still extremely early footage so please don’t be too harsh. Lots of debug features are present, including the ability to fly, see portals through walls and move cubes from a distance. Also, keep in mind this was shot in an emulator which provides good but still less than perfect rendering. As such, be aware that most (not all, but still) of the graphical glitches you can see in this video don’t happen on hardware (mostly the portal transition is a lot nicer on an actual DS).”
I’m impressed, and really want to get my hands on this. Maybe if the guy gets enough interest in his homebrew, Valve will realize what a market Portal could have for the handhelds. I’m not holding my breath for that to happen, but a man can dream…