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Guardian Heroes
System(s): Sega Saturn, Xbox Live Arcade
Publisher:
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (23 tracks)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Saturn
Saturn 6 Player Adaptor, Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-6
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 GS-9031
Sega Saturn
US
$59.00 81035
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99More...[1] MK81035-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81035-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81035-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81035-50
Sega Saturn
AU
$? ?



Xbox 360
JP
800[7]pts
Xbox 360
JP
(Otameshiban)
FREE
Xbox 360
US
800[5]pts
Xbox 360
US
(Trial Game)
FREE
Xbox 360
EU
800[3]pts
Xbox 360
EU
(Trial Game)
FREE
Xbox 360
UK
800[6]pts
Xbox 360
UK
(Trial Game)
FREE
Xbox 360
AU
pts
Xbox 360
AU
(Trial Game)
FREE
Xbox 360
KR
pts

Guardian Heroes (ガーディアンヒーローズ) is a beat-'em-up game developed by Treasure and published by Sega exclusively for the Sega Saturn in 1996.

The game would be see a sequel eight years later with Advance Guardian Heroes which Sega was not involved with.

Gameplay

The game is largely a sidescrolling beat-'em-up with some elements of an RPG. Unlike games such as Golden Axe and Streets of Rage, players are unable to move "in and out" of the screen with the Up and Down buttons. Instead, they jump between three fixed planes using L and R, and as such the control scheme is more similar to fighting games like Street Fighter, wherein Up is jump and Down is duck.

Some aspects of the game are more RPG-like. At the end of each stage, the player is given options on the direction the story will take. There is a total of 30 levelsMore...[9] of which players will see fewer than 10 in a given playthrough, and five possible endings. Defeating enemies gives the players experience which can be spent at the end of each stage on the following: strength (damage done to enemies), vitality (player's health), intelligence (spell strength and radius), mentality (magic points and recovery rate), agility (speed) and luck (modifies damage dealt and received).

Versus mode has up to six players (some can be computer-controlled) fighting each other in an arena. Most characters from the story mode can be used in versus mode, although the player must have encountered them in the game (thereby encouraging multiple playthroughs).More...[10]

Achievements

Main article: Guardian Heroes/Achievements.

Versions

Xbox Live Arcade version

A port of the game was released by Sega for Xbox Live Arcade in Autumn 2011. This version features online play that also allows drop in co-op. Multiplayer mode can go up to four players locally, or up to twelve players online. The gameplay was also rebalanced and retooled to take advantage of the Xbox 360 controller. The translation was also revised as well as featured restored content that was removed from non-Japanese versions of the game. Finally the game features a graphics filter that gives a stylized look to the original low-resolution art of the Sega Saturn original.

Downloadable content

Title and description Links Releases
Choose Your Adventure Trailer

  • Xbox 360: US

Xbox 360
US
2011-11-09[11] FREE
Launch Trailer

  • Xbox 360: US

Xbox 360
US
2011-11-07[11] FREE
Announcement Trailer

  • Xbox 360: US

Xbox 360
US
2011-11-04[11] FREE
Sega Saturn T-shirt Male Avatar

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2011-10-05[11] 50[11]pts
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2011-10-05[12] 50[13]pts
Xbox 360
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2011-10-05[12] 50[12]pts
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2011-10-05[15] pts
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Undead Hero Outfit Female Avatar

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Serena Outfit Female Avatar

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Undead Hero Outfit Male Avatar

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Nando Avatar Pet

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Undead Hero Prop Avatar

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Randy Outfit Female Avatar

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Production credits

Saturn version

  • 企画・総合プロデューサー: 菊地 徹彦
  • 総合ディレクター: 右京 雅生
  • 脚本・演出: 木村 幸一
  • キャラクターデザイン・原画: はん
  • 構成: うきょ
  • 美術監督・背景指定: かふ壱
  • 作曲・音楽監督: Nazo²鈴木
  • 作曲補助: Non
  • 音響効果: S.Murata
  • 編集: やいまん
  • 雑用: 臥竜
  • 文字デザイン: ふじた ひさし, Konig
  • 設定・演技指導: はん
  • 新人教育: Sw20
  • 情報・資料提供: Ahill
  • 器材破壊: "ガチャゴン"ゴオ
  • 精神援助: おぎのん
  • 制作進行: 前川 正人
  • 受付嬢: 保坂 晴子
  • Cast: (江崎プロダクション)
    • ハーン・サムウェル: 真殿 光昭
    • ランディ・M・グリーン: 亀井 芳子
    • エドワード・M・コニャック / ニコル・ニール: 大谷 育江
    • 燻 銀次郎: 大川 透
    • セレナ・コルセア: 沢海 陽子
    • カノン・G・グレイ: 大木 民夫
    • ラインハルト・バルガー: 納谷 六朗
    • ズルー・パ・イヤー: 横尾 博之
    • マッチョ・ゴロー / アナウンサー: 秋元 羊介
    • カティ・サーク: 麻丘 夏未
    • デッドアイ・ガッシュ: 小野 英昭
    • 王国兵士 / ゴールデンシルバー: 加瀬 康之
    • アンデッドヒーロー / ゴーダッツ: 坪井 智浩
    • 天上人: 高瀬 右光
    • 大地人 / スマイリー: 中澤 やよい
    • 王国騎士: 斎藤 周
Staff
  • メインプログラマー: 右京 雅生
  • システムプログラマー: やいまん
  • 雑用プログラマー: 臥竜
  • バックグランド グラフィック: 木村 幸一
  • キャラクター グラフィック: 菊地 徹彦, 金ヶ江 恒久, 北川 直己, 中澤 剛, 田中 宜久
  • サウンドクリエイター: 鈴木 勝彦, 半沢 紀雄, 村田 智
キャラクター原動画協力 (美術工房・草薙): 美術工房・草薙
  • 原画: 西島 克彦, 高橋 照夫, 森下 昇吾, 田中 誠樹, 松本 卓也
  • 動画: 森下 昇吾, 田中 誠樹, 高橋 照夫, スタジオたくらんけ
  • 原画作画協力: もりやま ゆうじ
  • デモシーン原動画: 西島 克彦
ゲーム背景 (美術工房・草薙): 美術工房・草薙
  • 美術: 小倉 一男
  • 作画: 木原 祐爾, 小倉 一男, 中座 洋次
オープニングアニメーション
  • 絵コンテ / 演出: 吉岡 仙朋 (マーカス)
  • 作画監督: つつがむ氏 敏郎
  • 美術監督: 武藤 正敏
  • 撮影監督: 藤田 正明
  • 原画: 奥田 淳, 春日井 浩之, 吉岡 仙朋, つつがむ氏 敏郎
  • 動画チェック: 秋吉 育子
  • 動画: 京江動画
  • 色指定: 吉岡 美由紀
  • 仕上げ: 京江動画
  • 仕上げ検査: 吉岡 智美, 菰田 智子, 丹羽 由香里
  • 背景 (STUDIO JACK): 吉岡 典弘, 高須賀 真二, 子名木 麻起子, 猪飼 真由美
  • 背景協力: Art Max
  • 特殊効果: 干場 豊 (マリックス)
  • 撮影 (虫プロダクション): 藤田 正明, 諫川 弘, 鈴木 秀男, 山口 利明, 西出 透, 出田 牧子
  • 編集: 尾形 治敏, 伊藤 勇喜子
  • 現像: Imagica
  • 制作協力: 童夢
  • 制作: マーカス
音楽
  • 演奏 (Nazo² Unit): Nazo²鈴木, 入江 純, 松武 秀樹
  • 演奏協力: 土岐 英史, 上村 CAN, 渡辺 直樹
  • 録音スタジオ: ユーメックス
制作協力
  • 美術工房・草薙: 中座 洋次
  • マーカス: 高江 勇次
  • 江崎プロダクション: 小野 光枝
  • ユーメックス: 藤田 純二
スペシャルサンクス
Source: In-game credits (JP)



Source: US manualMedia:Guardianheroes sat us manual.pdf[16]


Magazine articles

Main article: Guardian Heroes/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Guardian Heroes Announ XBLA.pdf

PDF
Announcement press release

GuardianHeroes Saturn JP PrintAdvert.jpg

Saturn JP print advert

GuardianHeroes Saturn JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
Saturn JP flyer

SSM JP 19960209 1996-02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-02: "1996-02 (1996-02-09)" (1996-01-26)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 More...[17]
93 More...[18]
80 More...[19]
65 №372, p31
98 More...[20]
97
93
86 №0907, p54-55
48 №41, p67
100 More...[21]
100 More...[22]
93 More...[23]
65
85 №64, p106/107
80 №78, p50/51
95 More...[24]
80 More...[25]
86 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[26]
30 №17, p78/79
Sega Saturn
82
Based on
19 reviews

Saturn, US
GuardianHeroes Saturn US Box Back.jpgGuardianHeroes Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
GuardianHeroes Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Guardianheroes sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
GuardianHeroes Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
GuardianHeroes Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
GuardianHeroesSaturnEUManual6L.pdf
Manual
Saturn, JP
GuardianHeroes Saturn JP Box Back.jpgGuardianHeroes Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
GuardianHeroes Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
GuardianHeroes Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
556,836,000 CD-ROM (EU) MK81035-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
556,861,872 1995-12-21 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9031 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
556,833,648 CD-ROM (US) 81035 V1.002

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Sega Saturn
  • Guardian Heroes on Xbox Marketplace: JP, US, UK, AU, KR

References

  1. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1996" (UK; 1996-08-05), page 90
  2. Computer & Video Games, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-06-12), page 48
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/fr-FR/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2011-11-20 15:38)
  4. http://blogs.sega.com/2011/10/12/out-now-guardian-heroes/ (archived: 2016-09-14 01:37)
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-US/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2011-11-27 14:36)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2011-11-29 00:28)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ja-JP/Product/%E3%82%AC%E3%83%BC%E3%83%87%E3%82%A3%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%83%92%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AD%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b?nosplash=1 (archived: 2011-10-18 14:39)
  8. http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-AU/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2017-03-07 11:04)
  9. Computer & Video Games, "June 1996" (UK; 1996-05-09), page 92
  10. Computer & Video Games, "June 1996" (UK; 1996-05-09), page 93
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 11.27 11.28 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-US/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2011-11-27 14:36)
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 12.22 12.23 12.24 12.25 http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2011-11-29 00:28)
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/fr-FR/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2011-11-20 15:38)
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 14.22 14.23 14.24 14.25 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ja-JP/Product/%E3%82%AC%E3%83%BC%E3%83%87%E3%82%A3%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%83%92%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AD%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b?nosplash=1 (archived: 2011-10-18 14:39)
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ko-kr/Product/GUARDIAN-HEROES-TM/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b2b (archived: 2018-06-10 01:05)
  16. File:Guardianheroes sat us manual.pdf, page 22
  17. Consoles News, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 83
  18. Computer & Video Games, "March 1996" (UK; 1996-02-09), page 22
  19. Edge, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-03-08), page 72
  20. GameFan, "Volume 4, Issue 4: xxxx 199x" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 14
  21. GMR, "June 2003" (US; 2003-xx-xx), page 92
  22. MAXIMUM, "May 1996" (UK; 1996-05-30), page 125
  23. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-0x-xx), page 68
  24. Sega Saturn Magazine, "June 1996" (UK; 1996-05-22), page 64
  25. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-01 (1996-01-12,26)" (JP; 1995-12-22), page 189
  26. Sega Saturn Magazine (readers), "Final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 11


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