Where their new DLC model is concerned, Nintendo is going full steam ahead. Fire Emblem: Awakening, due in Japan on April 19, 2012, will have paid downloadable content. It is the second 3DS game to receive the new Nintendo Network treatment, the first being Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. Sure enough, if you visit the official Japanese site, there is now a Nintendo Network symbol at the bottom of the page. And Marth looks like he's about to stab it.
The news was confirmed by Satoru Iwata during Japan's Nintendo Direct stream this morning. The DLC will include maps and new episodes as a set, with the first set free through May 31. A special Fire Emblem pre-paid card will also be made available. While the game was just confirmed for a late 2012 European release, there has been no news about a North America debut.
Nintendo Direct 2/22 Liveblog [Andriasang]