had to ask a question.. can someone explain how the hell spotpass works, or rather, what the hell it actually is? I basically just want to get the free marth DLC and then not touch my system until i put the hori protector on it. If i understand right, even to d.load it you need to actually play the game for a while? Can someone whos gotten it explain how to snag it. Id rather not play the game right now, i just want to d.load the friggin DLC. I thought it would be a simple thing but i see no option for it on the menu or anything. Cant i d.load it now and use it later, or do i actually have to play it?
It seems spotpass and DLC characters are 2 different things? Dont get why its so complicated. Other systems with launch dlc you just click an in game menu, or enter the code immediately before playing
You can't download the free DLC from the eshop. The only way to download it is by playing the game and beating up through chapter 5. At that point, something opens up in the overworld that allows you to download the DLC. Only then can you download the DLC and have them Marth map for free. But be aware its only free up until 3/06 and then it will revert to its normal price at $2.50.
As far as the spotpass characters are concerned, yes, that is completely different from the DLC. While this is probably not the most exact explanation, you basically get free access to characters from past Fire Emblem games that you're able to summon to the overworld and parlay with (buy items from, battle with and ultimately, recruit if you choose to do so). This is completely free and available at any point throughout the game. You randomly get access to different characters every day. It's only accessible from the in-game menu. That's how I understand it anyway.
It's actually not that complicated once you play the game and get into the menus. Then you'll see that what belongs where.
Edit: Here's a better explanation of the Spotpass in FE:A - http://fireemblemwiki.org/SpotPass