Nintendo's Fire Emblem: Heroes game is free, but comes with stamina system and in-app purchases

Nintendo will be launching its second mobile game, Fire Emblem: Heroes, in just a few days, but some have already had the opportunity to try it out before the official release.

Since we've already reported about the game when Nintendo announced it will be launched on Android and iOS at the same time, on February 2, let's take a look at some of the aspect that haven't been revealed by the Japanese company yet.

First of all, just like Super Mario Run, the new game will require an internet connection at all times, even though Nintendo has reassured players that Fire Emblem: Heroes “connects to server intermittently,” so they shouldn't be worried about the amount of data used during gameplay.

Another aspect is the stamina system that will only allow you to play for a certain time. While the first few hours of gameplay will not deplete too much of your stamina bar, the more challenging the missions become, the more stamina you will use.

Ultimately, in order to replenish your stamina bar you will have to pay for orbs, the in-game currency in Fire Emblem: Heroes, which will in turn replenish the stamina meter to full. The minimum number of orb that you can purchase is three, and you'll be paying $1.99 for the bundle.

Obviously, these orbs can be used for a wide range of activities like upgrading your castle and expanding your roster with new heroes. It's also worth noting that you will also be able to gain orbs through various game activities.

Last but not least, Fire Emblem: Heroes has been especially designed to be played in portrait mode, so if you have something against that, then this game is not for you.

source: Polygon



1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Portrait mode AKA vertical mode. It's like people have forgotten about landscape mode technology.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why can't these companies make in-app purchases more balanced. It'd not normal to pay $100.00 several times over and not be trapped into the mechanics of the game fully

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

stamina system is just like the old coin arcade game...

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I hate games that reserve good items for reaching max VIP lvl which requires you to spend $1000.

7. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Should be implemented like Pokemon Picross, once you spend certain amount of money you are free to play to your hearts content.

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Stanima system will not be viable unless you have a userbase like Candy Crush who spends real cash on lives.

6. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I'd rather pay the 9.99 and get the full game on the switch with real controls

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