Thursday 5 May 2011

Guardian Heroes HD Heading to XBLA!

Looks like the Saturn is finally getting some rerelease love! The Saturn classic Guardian Heroes is heading to XBOX Live Arcade courtesy of SEGA (and perhaps Treasure?). Check out the press release:
SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced the upcoming re-release of Guardian Heroes™, a classic Action-RPG Brawler by celebrated developers Treasure. Originally released for the SEGA Saturn™ in 1996, Guardian Heroes has been re-mastered with enhanced graphics, online co-op and battle modes, all-new modes of play, and more. The game will be available via Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this fall.

“Ever since we began to make SEGA’s classic Dreamcast and the Mega Drive titles available for modern systems, the fan response has been overwhelming – and the demand for their favorite games has been pouring in,” said Haruki Satomi, VP of Digital Business at SEGA. “Players have been clamoring for this treasured favorite from the Saturn days, and we cannot wait to show them what we have got for them.”

Guardian Heroes brings the Saturn favorite to life with new HD graphics, presenting Treasure’s iconic fast-paced gameplay on a new generation of hardware, with all of the convenience of purchase via instant download. The game also features:

  • Action-RPG Brawling: Choose one of five heroes to level up and guide along a branching storyline with five different endings 

  • Friends, Foes, and Fighters: Play the game’s Story Mode alone or with a second player, or challenge Versus Mode with up to 12 players at once

  • Extended Gameplay: Time Attack Mode, Arcade Mode, Arrange Mode and more allow players to explore every nuance of 45 different fighters 

  • Fully Re-Mastered: All-new graphics and visual effects bring the classic to life in a completely high-definition, widescreen presentation
Sounds fantastic! And it certainly will be less expensive than what the Saturn version goes for on ebay.

UPDATE: Head on over to SEGAbits to see Gamespot's preview and interview. Gameplay footage awaits, in both Saturn graphics and HD graphics!

[Source: NeoGAF and SEGAbits]


RT said...

Nice! I just wish my Saturn USB pad was compatible with the 360...

Caleb said...

Amazing! I hope this brings the price down on the Saturn Version.

Barry the Nomad said...

Few new bits: Game MIGHT release to PS3 and 360 in the UK.

Choose either the original pixel graphics or a smoothed out filter. I prefer the pixels, but some might like the filter. Just glad the pixels are an option.

Barry the Nomad said...

Nevermind on PS3, SEGA goofed on the UK site. So far, 360 only.

Eyz said...

Nice news!

Though I doubt I will get them a second time :P

RT said...

I'd be buying it a third time, but I probably will. Having the chance to friends online, that alone makes it worth it.

Anyway, looks like I'm gonna have to spring for a MadCatz SFIV Fightpad now since that's the closest I'm gonna get to a Saturn pad for this thing.

Tets said...

Ha ha! And after all the effort I went to for the 6 player (4? I forget) pad connector just for this game. Well, at least its a collectors thing... I guess.