We haven't heard much about Fire Emblem on 3DS for the past few months, but Nikkei (via Andriasang) report the game will kick off the system's add-on DLC service in early 2012.

Now called Fire Emblem: Awakening, the game will release in Japan on 19th April, with a new "free map" system letting you explore the world with a little less restraint.

The Nintendo Direct online press conference held earlier today in Japan didn't mention the potential DLC, but Nikkei has unrivalled history in getting Nintendo things right.

[via andriasang.com]