Nintendo continues its embrace of the DLC model as it revealed Thursday the downloadable content plans for "Fire Emblem: Awakening" on the Nintendo 3DS. The SpotPass and StreetPass features were also announced along with the release of a new batch of screenshots.
"Fire Emblem: Awakening" will receive its first DLC map for free when the game launches on Feb. 4. Following that, the RPG will receive weekly DLC map releases at "different price points."
The DLC will be accessed "through the Outrealm Gate located on the in-game world map, which will be unlocked after the player completes the fifth mission in the main story mode," according to Nintendo. "The content will include additional information about new class types, skills, playable characters, maps with new storylines and special maps that let players earn more experience points, gold or other rare items."
The Nintendo 3DS SpotPass feature is also supported by "Fire Emblem: Awakening" with free new maps, new storylines, characters and items planned for distribution. StreetPass is supported as well by forming teams up to 10 units from the existing teams in the game's story mode.
"StreetPass characters will randomly appear on the world map, giving players the option to recruit the team leader with gold, buy any weapons or items the team is carrying or battle and win to recruit the leader for free," Nintendo explained. "Like the random battles in the main story mode, the player will have full control of battles in StreetPass mode. Players will also earn 'renown' based on battles won. A players' 'renown' is visible to other players through StreetPass"
Before "Fire Emblem: Awakening" releases on Feb. 4, you'll be able to check out a demo of the game on Jan. 17.