Print media may be on the decline but the UK's only Nintendo-focused magazine is looking to buck the trend with a fresh design for 2020.
Switch Player has been in circulation since the console launched and offers news, reviews and features in a small, compact format. Issue 36 offers 60 pages of content – including 24 reviews – and boasts a wrap-around cover by artist Jon Doyle. Keen followers of the mag will remember that Wil Overton contributed cover art for the magazine in the past, so it's clear the team behind the publication have some pretty cool friends on their books.
We've been following the fortunes of this publication since it started and feel the new design is clean and easy to read, making what was already a recommended purchase even more appealing.
The issue costs £3.99 and UK postage is free, but Switch Player can be shipped anywhere in the world. Are you an existing supporter of the mag, or will this new design convince you to part with your cash? Let us know with a comment.
As much as I love getting gaming magazines, this is a different picture but nonetheless it doesn’t affect the insides of the magazine. It’s nice to see different styles. I’d still be picking this up.
I don’t really class Switch Player as a magazine, more of a pamphlet. Had a few issues from eBay but it’s all too generic.
I personally think there’s enough Nintendo software around nowadays for another magazine like Super Play.
Great mag, really dig the new look too 👌🏻
I have about 30 issues. I still love having a print copy. It’s a shame there isn’t a print mag on the shelves really. There is a PS mag and Xbox mag but I guess they have a years old readership so have less of a risk.
Maybe if Switch keeps going for another few years a mag may come to fruition , hopefully switch player. It’s compact and the review and articles are great. Long may they continue.
Hey, I know you!!
Absolutely agree though, Switch Player Mag continues to go from strength to strength. Well worth signing up to their Patreon.
Anyone else seeing MTV:s Butthead in Travis T?
As much as I used to love buying every UK gaming mag under the sun back in the day, I just can’t justify £3.99 for something this very website provides for free, weeks before the magazine sees print.
By the time the mag is in my hands, the contents aren’t news any more. “Oh yeah, I remember hearing that rumour weeks ago”.
@JDavies Heh heh... Heh
Beam katana is cool
Only magazine I get is Retro-Gamer and this month's main article is on Mario:
The Subscriber's cover is even greater showing pixel charaters from various games (can't find a picture at the mo)
Edit: Just took a picture of mine, see a later post
Was a subscriber for two years and, after countless missing issues being lost making the trip to the States, I had to stop. $10 per issue is way too much when you don't know whether you'll ever receive your magazine. Would love to still subscribe but it's not a good idea to until they sort out the international shipping problems.
@gaga64 we work hard on ensuring the mag isn’t dated - it’s about having a keepsake from a month in history for me. With original features, opinion pieces, a bunch of reviews and unique art, I think £3.99 is a really great price.
@Bunkerneath now that is pretty
@Rodan2000 supporting mags like this is what’s going to pave the way for a mag on the newsagent shelves again. Big sales for Switch Player shows there’s a market for a Nintendo mag. That’s Switch Player’s goal - to continue building til hopefully that becomes a reality.
@JDavies have you ever seen them both in the same place?!
@Bunkerneath I love reading Retro Gamer!
Man, I miss 90's Nintendo Power.
Many thanks for the mention, and I hope my cover art does justice to the incredible games it portrays.
With art by that one 10 year old the rest of the class says is really really good.
Ah yes, the publication that commissioned work from me (a professional freelance writer) but upon delivery never paid. Not sure if they published but it definitely wasn’t in the issues following my delivery of the agreed-upon work, which they received and approved. Even if you don’t publish work you commission, you still need to pay for it!
Also was ghosted. Worth adding that.
@Tao technically 28 year old
Was looking into getting this and although I'm from the UK, Nintendo Force is a pretty solid mag too, which I'm quite happy with. The only time I'll get any other Nintendo focused mag now, is if Future publishing resurrect the Official Nintendo Magazine, which I cant see them doing.
Hahahahhahahahaha why did you do that 😂😂 now i only see that character hahah man lmao
@Thoughts Can you contact me regarding that so I can investigate - [email protected]?
got all of the first years issues but then it just seemed to get a bit boring, quality isn't amazing either.
I already read Retro Gamer and Edge, so not sure if this will ad anything to that. It's a tempting RRP though!
@Bunkerneath The only 2 physical magazines I still get monthly are Retro Gamer & Switch Player.I highly enjoy both.
I look forward to this new design when this copy arrives any day now.
I always thought that each cover the Switch Player magazines is fanart.
@LaytonPuzzle27 it’s sourced from
Within the Nintendo switch community usually amongst indie artists
We believe original art by gamers and people involved with Nintendo switch is key.
I subscribe and pay extra for the art work and badges just to support the mag.
They clearly love the switch and it’s a good read.
I have to say I do miss the official Nintendo magazine and n gamer. Sad days for me without them, I still got my old copies x x x x
@MeatSauce exactly same those are the two I get too!
Took a picture of mine
So lovely to see!
Cue the ”Twilight Zone” Theme
I was asked by the publication to say that the situation I brought up above has been sorted out, which it has.
a look for in 2020? could that be a spoiler of Metroid and Pikmin on Switch this year I wonder
That is some ugly cover art.
Travis looks like he hasn't showered in days and knows you can smell it from across the room.
Somehow I expected Wil Overton's name to pop up. Wonderful person.
Back in the N64 Mag days, I sent in a drawing I made and it got featured in the mag. Mind you, back then, in the pre-internetish age, that was a big thing for me, seeing MY drawing in a British gaming mag. And it was Wil's favourite too! Seeing as I was a fan of his artwork, that was a big moment in my life.
Years later, about two or three years ago, I decided to look him up and send him an e-mail to thank him for that. I didn't expect a reply but I got one, quite a lengthy one, and we actually had a small exchange of e-mails over the following days.
I didn't want to bother him too much after that so I didn't continue writing, but what an incredibly nice fellow.
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