Great news – the original Tomb Raider game from 1996 has just been released on the Nintendo Switch! The beloved title, which was unceremoniously shunned from 2018’s PlayStation Classic console, has finally found its way onto the Nintendo handheld. It’s a bit like evolution on steroids.
However, for Nintendo it’s a kick in the pants, as the release is actually borne out of the mysterious world of hackers. So, alas, this isn’t an official release, and it definitely isn’t legal, so maybe look over your shoulder and check your conscience before embarking on a treasure hunt to locate this classic Lara Croft adventure.
Here’s a video of the latest Nintendo, ahem, “release” in action…
It runs as a homebrew using the OpenLara engine, and if you watch the video through you’ll spot a couple of innovations that weren’t included in the 1996 original. For a start, there appears to be an optional first person mode, so you can lay into those wolves through the very eyes of Lara herself. In addition, there’s an option to play the game using the Switch’s touchscreen, if you’re in the mood for rekindling the magic of the iOS version. There’s also a two player co-op mode featuring twin Laras, which definitely takes the 1996 Tomb Raider experience to a whole new level. (Please can we have a Kurtis Trent patch for version two?)
Of course, I wouldn’t recommend that anyone starts meddling with the internal workings of their Nintendo Switches; you risk damaging them irreparably, and you could incur the wrath of the Switch Police. Still, it’s fun to glimpse into the world of What Could Be, and who knows, maybe one day we will have the opportunity to legitimately go tomb raiding with Lady Croft on the Nintendo Switch. I would have thought games such as Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light / Temple of Osiris would work amazingly well. But then, I wouldn’t say no to the original game either. Shall we start a Change.org petition…?
Anyway, what do you think? Would you play Tomb Raider on the Nintendo Switch if it was available? And are there any other games that you would like to receive an official port? Let me know in the comments below.