Fire Emblem: Awakening has been critically acclaimed and earned plenty of praise from Nintendo gamers since its arrival in North America; whether it's the expansive amount of content and gameplay, clever tweaks to the formula or polished mechanics, it's been popular in the Nintendo Life community and, frankly, making a lot of us in PAL regions very jealous.

One aspect of the title that adds even more depth, at a price, is the broad range of DLC being offered — these maps and missions often reward the player with new characters or abilities, but not everyone is willing or able to pay for more levels. The good news is that Nintendo will be using SpotPass to send free additional content to everyone with the game — this will eventually include new weapons, characters or challengers for the Double Duel multiplayer mode. Most importantly, however, there'll be new maps to take on, adding new levels to the experience; it starts today with "A Hard Miracle", and new maps will follow every two weeks until 25th April. Details from the press release are below.

Fire Emblem Awakening launched on Feb. 4, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, but bonus content keeps the game play going strong. Fans will continue to look forward to and receive free game content via SpotPass all the way through spring. This new SpotPass content is different from the downloadable content that is currently available through the game's Outrealm Gate. The free SpotPass map available today is called "A Hard Miracle," and follows the story of Fire Emblem Awakening main character Chrom as he encounters a mysterious woman and sets off on a journey with her to rescue a group of kidnapped villagers.

During the next few weeks, more maps will become available through the SpotPass feature. These include "Ghost of Blade" on March 28, a haunted tale about a ghost and the ultimate sacrifice; "The Wellspring of Trust" on April 11, a map full of challenging enemies; and "The Radiant Hero" on April 25, which takes place on an isolated island as Chrom and his allies search for a legendary hero. Players can also look forward to other special items that will be distributed for free via SpotPass, such as special weapons, additional playable characters and bonus challengers for the game's Double Duel multiplayer mode.

So, make sure your 3DS is online and wait for the free content to flow. Just how happy are you about this, Fire Emblem: Awakening fans?