The 3DS seems like a great place to start thinking with portals, and now it’s been made possible. Thanks to the efforts of homebrew hacker Jordan “Smealum” Rabet, Valve’s first-person puzzler can now be enjoyed on Nintendo hardware – or at least a reasonable facsimile of Valve’s game.
Aperture Science 3D is in fact an updated version of an earlier attempt by the same developer to bring Portal to the original DS. Though technically never completed, the unofficial port was a success and spawned legions of fans who eagerly developed more puzzle chambers, thanks in no small part to the excellent Portal 2-inspired level editor the developer made available. It’s all the more impressive considering the limitations of the hardware and the fact that the engine was built from scratch.
While the original DS was pretty notorious for its loopholes and exploits, the 3DS has been a much tougher nut to crack and as such its homebrew scene is still very much in its infancy.
Check out the video below. It may be considerably lower-res and lacking GLaDOS’ infamous smack-talk, but it’s definitely the same old Portal we all know and love.