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Fire Emblem: Awakening downloadable content, SpotPass functionality detailed for North American release

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Fire Emblem: Awakening on Nintendo 3DS will have additional downloadable content available on launch day, as well as special StreetPass and SpotPass functionality, Nintendo announced today alongside details for these features.

Day-one DLC includes one free map, with new maps available for purchase on a weekly basis. Additional content can be purchased by accessing the Outrealm Gate on the in-game world map, which will unlock upon completion of story mode's fifth mission

Upcoming add-on content will include new playable characters, class types and skills and maps with additional storylines. Special maps designed to boost players' experience points and containing opportunities to acquire rare items will also be available.

Nintendo will also distribute additional free content, such as new characters and storylines, via SpotPass in the time surrounding the game's launch.

Players can set up teams via StreetPass to exchange game data with other players. Teams can consist of up to 10 units from an existing team from Awakening's story mode, and can be given a customizable title and display messages for other StreetPass users to view. Other teams met through StreetPass will appear randomly on the world map and give players the option to recruit the team's leader, buy the team's weapons and items or battle them. StreetPass mode battles will be similar to in-game battles, with players retaining full control over their characters' actions. Winning a battle earns players "renown," a points system viewable by other StreetPass members.

Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released Feb. 4. A free demo for the title will be available in the 3DS eShop on Jan. 17.