Portal is one of the most acclaimed video games of modern times. The physics-based platformer, developed by Valve and based on the Half-Life universe, remains strong in the minds of those who played it, and one player was clearly inspired by it. So much so, in fact, that they are undoing Portal for the Nintendo 64.
Although Portal is now quite old by video game standards, since its release in 2007 the title has been released on PC and Xbox 360, computing machines that are much more powerful than the Nintendo 64. But the developer alone is somehow doing that the physics of the portal work. on the 1996 console.
The person in question is James Lambert, who is working on Portal64, his unmake. Today, he posted a YouTube video showcasing one of the biggest additions to his game: job portals! “This comes as part of an update to include more comprehensive collision detection for both the player and physical objects in the scene,” the description of it reads.
In a Reddit thread, Lambert confirmed that he is using real N64 hardware instead of emulators. But why work with such an old console in the first place? Because it turns out that the Nintendo 64 is Lambert’s favorite console and he likes to work within technical limitations.
As the video shows, the project seems viable since what Portal Portal did were the portals, and from the looks of it, these seem to be working. As one Reddit user puts it: “I’m impressed that the N64 can handle that level of portal physics.”
Lambert replied, “The N64 had a pretty beefy CPU for its time. Most games are GPU-limited.” Famously, the Nintendo 64 was based on a 64-bit architecture, which was a step up from its great rival, Sony’s 32-bit PlayStation. The hardware allowed Nintendo to showcase what were impressive visuals for the time in games like Wave Race 64, as well as the expansive 3D worlds of Mario 64.
So while the visuals clearly aren’t as high definition as Valve’s Portal, Lambert’s Portal64 has a quirky charm, easily reminiscent of classics like GoldenEye 007, except we’re navigating the halls with a Portal Device instead of a gun. .
It may be a while before we see the full Portal game unmade for the N64, but for those who want to put a spin on Lambert’s creation, a ROM is available for download here. While it’s always impressive to see how far older hardware can be pushed when the code is optimized and worked with so much care.
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