Nintendo has been making all of its retail titles available in their respective eShops for a few months now. You can find the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS eShop while New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land both reside in the Wii U equivalent.

It won't come as a surprise then to hear that Fire Emblem: Awakening will be available to download from the 3DS eShop upon its release on 4th February in North America. There was some doubt that it would be on the North American platform due to the title still not being available on the Japanese virtual store.

Fire Emblem: Awakening will also be available to download from the European eShop when the game launches in April.

If you're unfamiliar with the series, Nintendo has released an introductory video that gives you a bit of a feel of what the game is like.

Are you looking forward to the latest game in the Fire Emblem series, and will you consider downloading instead of seeking out a boxed copy?