The Nintendo 3DS’s first big RPG of the year, Fire Emblem: Awakening, will be getting a playable demo on January 17th. Nintendo will also be releasing a number of DLC maps when the game launches on February 4th in North America, with one available for free for a limited time as an incentive for early buyers and introduce players to its weekly DLC system.
Downloadable maps will be extremely varied in content, from silly vignettes that see vacationing characters getting attacked by zombies to more somber fare such as alternate futures. Some DLC will provide special bonuses such as experience and gold boosts or rare items. The DLC prices will vary based on content. In addition to paid DLC, new content will be made available via SpotPass such as new maps, characters, and items.
Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s StreetPass features allow players to make teams of up to 10 characters that will show up in StreetPassed players’ games. When encountering a StreetPass team in-game, players have the option to recruit the team leader in exchange for gold, battle and receive the team leader as a prize for winning, or buy weapons or items from the team. Of course, players will be able to battle others via StreetPass, as well.
Finally, there are rumors that the Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS (original model, not XL) bundle that hit Japan last year will be coming to North America to coincide with the game’s release. If the leaked image below, from the most recent issue of Game Informer, is any indication, Fire Emblem fans will have a lot to cheer about come February.