Soon You'll Be Able to Read Comics on Your Nintendo Switch

You got your comic books next to my Octopath Traveler!
You got your comic books next to my Octopath Traveler!
Image: InkyPen

Everyone wants everything to come to the Switch, Nintendo’s beloved portable-hybrid console that’s spent the past year evolving from “that machine you can play Breath of the Wild on” to “No wait let me play everything on this! Including Grandia II!” But now, surprisingly, it’s also becoming a platform to read comics on.


That’s thanks to the announcement of a new app coming to the Switch’s online store, InkyPen, this Fall. For $8 a month, the app will let users read from a roster of comics, manga, and bandes dessinées from a variety of publishers on the go—using the Switch’s controllers (or using the touch interface on the screen) to flick through pages or zoom in on individual panels. Plus, it’s usable in both the console’s TV or handheld forms.

Although not fully detailed yet, InkyPen promises “thousands” of comics available at launch, including content from Valiant, IDW, Dynamite Entertainment, les Humanoïdes Associés, Andrews McMeel, and more. Given its indie roots, maybe don’t expect big hitters like Marvel and DC, but it’s shaping up to be a decent variety for eight bucks a month.

At first it might seem like a bit of a weird thing to come to a platform that is primarily designed for playing games, but given that its tablet-esque portability has made the Switch such a huge hit since it launched, bringing comics to the platform is a really interesting move. If InkyPen takes off, who knows, maybe more services like Comixology Unlimited or even specific publisher offerings like Marvel Unlimited and DC Universe could head on over to Nintendo’s console. A future where you can play Splatoon AND read Mister Miracle on the go? That has us very intrigued. InkyPen is set to head to the Nintendo eShop in November.

James is a News Editor at io9, where you can find him delivering your morning spoilers, writing about superheroes, and having many feelings about Star Wars. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!



OR, you could go to a brick and mortar store and buy actual comic books so we can keep more of the increasingly endangered stores - not least of all by shit like this - open. Support your local comic book store, folks, or they won’t be around for much longer.