Nintendo appears to be getting comfy with subscription models for its games and services, as it's announced it is finally introducing one for its most successful mobile game: Fire Emblem Heroes.
Fire Emblem Heroes will be getting a "Feh Pass" on February 5, 2020, that will cost $9.49 per month. In return, subscribers will receive two special heroes each month complete with unique outfits, visuals, voices, and stat boosts (these will be available for non-subscribers to purchase following their period on the Feh Pass), unique quest objectives with in-game currency rewards, and additional gameplay assists and boosts for PvE play that will help speed play up, bolster characters, and redo undesirable player decisions.
The critical elements of the pass revolve around the included heroes and the ability to complete more quests for in-game currency such as orbs, which can be spent to acquire even more of the game's heroes. Fire Emblem Heroes' gacha system to acquire these characters has proven lucrative, as the game is now responsible for 61% of Nintendo's lifetime mobile game revenue, which reached $1 billion last month.
This is the second subscription service Nintendo has implemented in one of its mobile games, with the first being Mario Kart Tour's Gold Pass. Nintendo also has $20/year subscription for its Switch online services, including free NES and SNES games.