It’s a shame that Rockstar has shown no interest in bringing the Grand Theft Auto series to the Switch. While it can be argued that a modern GTA title may be difficult to port to the console, given that it doesn’t quite boast the horsepower of its competitors, it would be great to see some legacy titles make their way onto the eShop or as a collection. Homebrewers, however, are done waiting.

The Switch homebrew community has managed to get Grand Theft Auto III – the series’s acclaimed debut into 3D – running on the system. They have done a fine job, too, with the game running at 1080p/30fps docked and 720p/30fps handheld. You can see for yourself in the videos below just how smooth it runs.

 

 

We haven’t seen an official Grand Theft Auto title make its way to a Nintendo system since 2009 when Chinatown Wars launched on the DS. It doesn’t seem as though this will change anytime soon, either, so this fanmade port may be our only opportunity to see the sandbox gangster series playable on the Switch… until, of course, someone inevitably produces a port of Vice City next.

 

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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