Fire Emblem: Awakening To Have Demo, Free DLC Map

By Ishaan . January 10, 2013 . 9:50am

As previously reported, Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released in North America on February 4th. Starting on launch day, Nintendo will also start to release additional maps/missions for download, which they say will be distributed on a regular basis.


The first downloadable map for Fire Emblem: Awakening will be free for a limited time, and will serve as an introduction to the weekly stream of further maps to be made available for purchase.


The various maps will be offered at different price points, and players will be able to download them through the Outrealm Gate located on the in-game world map, which is unlocked after completing the fifth mission in story mode.


What kind of DLC does Fire Emblem: Awakening have? In the latest DLC mission released in Japan, Chrom and another character, Anna, visit a faraway hot springs, when undead soldiers decide to crash the party. The DLC mission before that has Anna invite Chrom to the beach, and they get attacked by zombies.


Not all of Fire Emblem: Awakening’s DLC missions are that humorous, though. A DLC mission Japan received in October depicts an alternate, hopeless future where war rages on, and shows what happens to the game’s child characters.


As previously reported, Fire Emblem: Awakening also has StreetPass and SpotPass functions built into it. SpotPass will allow you to download the DLC missions, as well as characters and items. Meanwhile, StreetPass will allow you to exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS owners around you. You’ll be able to recruit characters or buy weapons from other 3DS owners’ parties.


Finally, Fire Emblem: Awakening will see a free demo released on the Nintendo eShop. This will be available on January 17th. The full game will be released on February 4th in the U.S. and in April in Europe.



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  • Oh man. Should I give in and play the demo or hold out to make the time when I get the game all the sweeter? DECISIONS!

    • ronin4life

      That is the exact problem I am now having.
      Also, if I play the demo, will I be exposed to certain story elements pre-maturly?

      HURRY UP FEB. 4!!

  • fuzzy_hobo

    That streetpass party screenshot has major spoilers. I’m surprised Nintendo would let that slip past. Anyway, I can’t wait! Awakening looks great and it is one of the few games where I’m eager to play the DLC too.

  • imaguni

    Really, really thankful for the demo! I’ve, unfortunately, never played an FE game and I was hoping for this, I’ve been curious…

  • Between this and Pokémon X/Y, I might have to get a 3DS soon… Then there’s also Professor Layton.

    • Are you really telling me you dont have a 3DS yet Drakos? I am dissapointed. I mean there are over 30 games on it that are great ._. and more are coming ._. No wonder the system has only sold 27 million worldwide so far.

      • Well, I’m more of a guy who likes to explore a specific console’s library thoroughly before buying a new one; I mean, games themselves do cost money too. That, and I was kinda turned off by the region lock. Doesn’t help that EU tends to get localizations later, so I wasn’t really in a rush to get one. (To put it another way, I’m a late buyer who jumps in after a platform has accumulated a sizable library.)

        But a Pokémon game with cel-shaded graphics is what I’ve been wishing for a long time, so it’s just about a good time as any. I also completely skipped Gen.5, so I’m pretty much in a position to welcome a new Pokémon game.

        • I don’t jump on bandwagons and I got a 3DS myself just about a month ago. Of course I got it for a fairly decent price ($60) than most people would be able to pay but even still it’s been worth the purchase considering I already had a DSi and was willing to get in a position that would future-proof myself.

          I’d get a Vita if I thought it’d do well for future-proofing myself as far as the PSP is concerned, since I have that as well, but I’m not finding many good deals and reasons to go the same distance just yet. Maybe in a year or two with the pricing model that Sony still thinks is worth it…but…

  • Godman

    Me and my buddy are going to get this game, be a Merc and Mage respectively, and streetpass them to have a powerful ally.

    Looking forward to this demo too!

  • Suicunesol

    Darn, on launch day? I was hoping to play the demo earlier because I already preordered.

    • Hm? The demo is next week, the game launches on the 4th.

      • Suicunesol

        Woops, read that as both the DLC and demo launching on the 4th. Thanks!

  • Anna Scruton

    I’d better be able to get that Bride class. I want to trounce my enemy in a poofy dress thanks very much.

  • Enma_Kozato

    I miss Panne’s Japanese name already. I can’t have my Velveteen Rabbit pun :’I Also, nice job with Marc’s localized name. Morgan never crossed my mind.

  • $29082171

    Is the content gotten from Spotpass free?

    • The first DLC mission will be free, the rest will be paid at different price points. They may decide to certain release stuff for free or at discounts on a case-by-case basis, but they haven’t said anything about that yet.

      • Ty Arnold

        The SpotPass characters, though, if NoA decides to include them, are free. They were in Japan, at least, and I don’t think it’s actually possible to charge for Spotpass content.

  • Oh my gosh, my 3DS is never going to be leaving my side this year. This, with all of its expansive gameplay and DLC, Soul Hackers, Etrian Odyssey 4, Monster Hunter, Pokemon X and Y and whatever else gets localized/released here this year… Man, my Vita’s already crying itself to sleep each night due to this.

    • AkuLord3

      lol indeed…this is a good year for the 3DS

  • Lord Highawesomeparty

    This is exactly what I was hoping for. Not enough 3DS games I’m interested in have had demos. I suppose now would be the best time to give the ambassador Fire Emblem game a shot.

  • Zonic505

    A demo AND free DLC at launch? Great combo announcement there, Nintendo. Hopefully, it’ll convince me to get back into the series.

    • raymk

      Why did you leave the series in the first place?

      • Zonic505

        I got the 1st GBA game for Xmas the same year it was released (so I was 12), & while I liked it, I wasn’t a fan of the perma-deaths, especially since I got to a point where I lost so many people that I couldn’t continue (somewhere in Chapter 25 or higher) & had to start over, making sure I wouldn’t lose any of my members, but that wasn’t easy as well. I think now that I’m older & have more gaming knowledge under my belt, I can enjoy the series more/again, plus the added “casual” mode probably helps as well in case what happened before happens again.

        Heck, I really should play The Sacred Stones since I got it on my 3DS from that ambassador program.

        • Ladius

          You could also consider Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, they’re both outstanding and the latter is one of the best games in the series.

  • YoshEE

    7 days left til demo! Why can’t days go faster so we can all get them on feb 4
    >.< . And by "able to recruit characters or buy weapons from other 3DS owners’ parties." meaning we can keep doing that without exchanging data over and over?

    • Kevin Tan

      Other players of Fire Emblem: Awakening will show up on the map, and you can buy items from there and fight their armies. If you win, you can recruit the player’s Avatar and train it as a regular unit.

      • YoshEE

        Ah now I understand. Thanks for the info.

  • KingGunblader

    I’m really excited to see that Nintendo is pushing this game. It can only be good for sales.

  • Ben Sylvia


    And I’m so glad it’s been confirmed we’re getting the first DLC free like Japan did.

    Best. Birthday. EVER

  • AkuLord3

    Oh Nintendo…you soo good gurl…boy…yeah. The demo will help hype me up more and then get that game day one

  • Is there a way to get 3DS running on WPA? I’ve not even bothered doing anything online with mine since I checked the settings and saw it was in WEP with no option that I could see for changing it to WPA.

    • DSi and 3DS both support WPA and WEP.

      • Alrighty, I’ll have to get off my lazy butt and get that sorted out, then. Thanks. =)

  • IshimaruKaito

    im soooo ready for this!

  • gsnap

    cool. This will be the first Fire Emblem game I’ll ever play, so I can’t wait for the demo.

  • Enzo

    You had me at “demo” in the title.

    • They actually had me at “Fire Emblem” in the title, lol.

  • Sperium3000

    I’m really stoked for this.

  • TimeMaster

    BASED NINTENDO. I can’t wait for this to come out.

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    I just obtained a 3DS for this Christmas so I know I’ll pick up fire emblem Awakening and a few other titles, especially Pokemon X/Y. There’s no way I’m missing out on all the fun knowing I have the means to get right into it.

  • Kris

    I can’t wait. I haven’t played Fire Emblem for years, since I drove myself crazy over the permadeath in one of the GBA versions, but everything I’ve seen from this so far looks amazing. Intrigued to try the demo!

  • psycho_bandaid

    Last Fire Emblem I played was on the Wii (I forget the title) so I am hyped! Between this and Etrian Oddessy my 3DS is finally going to get a lot of use after P4 and Ragnarok put it on the bench.

  • Sam Park

    That can’t be Marth, his body figure isn’t AS feminin as that

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    Yikes anticipating the newest Fire Emblem title still leaves me with memories of playing the previous game, and how really fun the were. I loved it all, the story, the fact that you need to make the right move somehow or else you permanently lose one of your units in battle, prompting you to make darn sure, pretty much every Got dang thing in this game. From what I hear the story is really something and whatever it is I’m ready to play this game and dominate and now I get to take on other players army and seeing if I got what it takes to trounce them. Okay calming down…either way this game along with the current and future games on the way is going to make things a bit busy when I’m not doing computer science stuff.

  • So, is it safe to assume Europe is not getting the demo? NoA is being really nice about this game, but I hope NoE picks up the slack coz a demo would be just wonderful :D

  • IshimaruKaito

    my body is ready

  • neetyneety

    Man, once all these amazing RPGs get released on the 3DS, I may never touch my Vita again. Glad that I finished P4:Golden then.

  • Anime10121

    Want! Will definitely pick this up! Ive never played a Fire Emblem game enough to actually know/like the series (well unless you count Marth’s appearance in SSB :P), but this game has had me intrigued from the first time I laid eyes on it. Maybe not a day one buy (unfortunately have racked up a ton of new bills lately, so I have to be picky about what I buy, and next month is Revengeance), but I’m definitely gonna get this and buy it full price at that!

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