Sega announced earlier today that it would bring Sega Saturn great Guardian Heroes to Xbox Live Arcade. Awesome, right? Everyone loves a Treasure game! Not awesome? First screen shots of the XBLA port of Guardian Heroes.
The game's "all-new graphics and visual effects" are vicious on the eyes, probably explaining why the news went out with just a press release and concept art. Sega's filtering the Saturn game's sprite-based graphics for something that's less blocky, but ultimately less attractive.
Now, the silver lining. According to Sega reps commenting on the official Sega blog, that graphical filter is completely optional. Hopefully that means we can play Guardian Heroes with properly scaled sprites if we choose to do so. Sega says we'll hear more about filtering options "this month."
Still, if you find nothing wrong with the look of this Guardian Heroes port, carry on through the gallery above.