Guardian Heroes is a 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up video game in the vein of Knights of the Round or Golden Axe, but with RPG elements. The development team called it a "fighting RPG".
Guardian Heroes was developed by Treasure and released in 1996 for the Sega Saturn video game console. A sequel was released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance entitled Advance Guardian Heroes.
The game allows players to alter the storyline through their actions, such as choosing between a number of branching paths, leading to multiple endings, and killing civilians and enemies, leading to changes in the Karma meter.
The music was composed by Nazo² Suzuki and Norio Hanzawa. Hideki Matsutake, a former member of electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, is credited as playing the synthesizer for the score.
It is considered a cult classic of the beat 'em up genre.