'Netflix For Comics' InkyPen Will Launch On Nintendo Switch Dec. 17


After being teased earlier this year, the comic subscription service InkyPen is finally launching exclusively on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 17.

Although the handheld console may be best for playing games almost anywhere, it may be time to consider its use for reading. InkyPen revealed in August that it will be coming to Nintendo Switch in November, making it the first non-game app to be available in the eShop.

InkyPen Like Netflix

The release did miss its initial launch date, nonetheless, it is dropping in hot with thousands of comics for owners of the portable console. It will run like the streaming service Netflix wherein users need to subscribe for an amount in exchange for an access to a vast library of content.

However, unlike Netflix that has streaming options like basic, standard, and premium for varying amounts, InkyPen only charges a standard rate of $7.99 for an unlimited access to all the comics it stores.

"We have no intention of selling content piecemeal. We're bringing an all-you-can-read model to the international community," said Ronan Huggard, InkyPen CEO.

InkyPen's Plans

InkyPen further said that it will only cater to English readers as of now, but will soon support other languages. Apart from Nintendo as its first platform, the Norway-based company said it was eyeing an expansion in other platforms but chose not to specify the details.

The titles that are going to be in the library are the works of Dynamite, IDW, Andrews Mcmeel, and les Humanoïdes Associés as announced four months ago. Although InkyPen and Nintendo Switch have kept their mouth zipped, its collaborator, Rain Games, may have shed some more light on what to anticipate in the library.

In a tweet, the CEO of Rain Games added Blind Ferret, Titan, Dark Horse, Archie Comics, as well as Girl Genius to the roster of what's to come to Nintendo Switch owners.

Meanwhile, others note that even if a 6.2-inch screen may not be the better option for reading as opposed to regular-sized tablets, InkyPen has the power to attract kids who are curious enough to read in between games or those who don't own any other gadget.

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