InkyPen, the Nintendo Switch app which serves as an ever-growing comic book service, has just received a brand new update which takes it to Version 1.2.0. It's added several community-requested features and fixes, including the ability to read comics in vertical mode.

The vertical mode is naturally designed for those who like to read comics in portable mode, but you can also use it when the system's docked. Imagine a TATE mode shmup using a rotated TV or monitor, but you're reading a comic instead. Neat.


Here's everything you'll find in the update:

Patch notes for update 1.2.0:


  • Massive speedup of application responsiveness in many use cases.
  • Better handling of networking for faster browsing.
  • Added support for reading comics in portrait mode. The user can now choose to rotate the comics 90 degrees on screen, in both handheld and docked.
  • Updated content is now marked with a 'New' badge.
  • ZL and ZR can now also be used to navigate when reading comics, doing the opposite of the L and R counterpart for one handed reading with the right Joy Con.
  • You can now download a comic series from the series view.
  • Multiple device sync support is now here.
  • Long series titles in thumbnails now scroll to display the full name.
  • Long series descriptions in thumbnails scroll to display the full description.
  • Searches are maintained after switching between views.


  • InkyPen introduction video delay on startup is fixed.
  • Users that have an expired or non valid subscription can now browse and read the same way non-logged-in users can.
  • Dropdown now correctly scrolls to the currently active element when opened.
  • Signup / login button in the menu bar now navigates correctly when using shoulder buttons in anonymous browsing.
  • Fixed an issue where the scroll position would jump between pages.
  • Verified quality of Brownie recipe in terms of service.

If you haven't heard about this one before, InkyPen is a free-to-download app available from the Switch eShop and has a variety of different comics to read, some of which can be viewed for free. You can get properly stuck in with a $7.99 / £5.99 monthly subscription to see everything it has to offer.

Have you used Inkypen on Switch? Like the sound of these changes? Let us know with a comment below.