One of the most widely acclaimed games in the Sega Saturn library makes a long-awaited return today as Guardian Heroes arrives on Xbox Live Arcade.  Part 2D side-scrolling brawler, part fantasy RPG, this newly remastered edition of the game replicates the original character-specific tactics, leveling-up mechanics, and branching story paths with redrawn 16:9 high-definition artwork, an optional “remixed” combat system, and online co-op.

Guardian Heroes on Xbox LIVE Arcade 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

Used copies of Guardian Heroes for the Saturn have been selling for upwards of $100 for years now, but gamers can experience one of Treasure’s most celebrated games for about one-tenth that price by investing a paltry 800 Microsoft Points.

Click below to check out some of our screenshots of the redrawn graphics or read the full press release, and as always, drop by our forums to let us know how this 15-year old classic holds up today!