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Fortnite Switch bundle announced, but it's pretty underwhelming

Feeling Joy-Conned.

Last week, Nintendo unveiled a beautiful limited edition Pokémon Switch bundle. It features coloured Joy-Cons to match the Eevee and Pikachu theme, along with an elaborately decorated dock - a real treat for the eyes, although not for your wallet.

Fortnite fans, however, are not so lucky. The newly-announced Fortnite hardware bundle, which arrives in stores on the 5th of October, looks a little disappointing. It does include some exclusive in-game items, but the Switch itself comes in bog-standard colours, and there's no decoration on the dock. It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity - particularly as there's no shortage of art inspiration for a Fortnite-themed console.

If you look at the face sideways, it kind of looks like a Switch Joy-Con.

So what's actually included? To accompany the console there's 1000 V-Bucks for players to spend in-game, along with the Double Helix item bundle, which contains "a unique Character Outfit, Back Bling, Glider and Pickaxe". From the picture on the box, they don't look particularly Nintendo-themed (apart from the red and white colour scheme).

Judging by the fact the bundle will be $299.99 in the US - the same amount as a regular Switch - it will probably cost £279.99 here in the UK. As Fortnite is already a free game, it doesn't seem worth going out of your way to get the bundle (unless you were already considering buying a Switch). It's up to you: take your pick(axe).

Meanwhile, in other Fortnite news, the latest patch has added a Port-A-Fortress and pop-up Spiky Stadium for Playground mode. You can check both out in-game now, as the update went live this morning.

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