The Switch isn’t known for being a media device, but this week it got a little more useful.
The izneo comic and graphical novel reader went live on the eShop earlier this morning, allowing Switch users – in Australia as well as around the world – to access the company’s range of manga, comics and webtoons direct to their Switch. It’s the second free comic app available to Australians through the eShop, with InkyPen having gone live already.
Inky Pen focuses on comics, while izneo concentrates on Korean webtoons, manga and US/European graphical novels. After registering for a free account, you’ll be asked to nominate your reading preferences.
There were only 15 free comics at the time of writing. The full service has a range of Star Trek, Skylanders, Back to the Future, Doctor Who, and Transformers mags, provided you sign up for a monthly $7.99 subscription.
Despite the limited range, the interface is very clean. It looks good on the Switch, and the ability to rotate the Switch vertically for comics makes it a more natural fit for comics than your smartphone would ordinarily be. (There’s the part where the Switch’s screen is incredibly dull compared to any modern smartphone, but I’ll take that for extra real estate on a device that also plays Breath of the Wild.)
The white Switch theme works with the comics a lot better than dark, for my money.
You can download izneo for free through the eShop now. There’s not a huge amount there to peruse, although if you want to get a gauge of what the subscription has to offer, you can check the official website.