"WayFoward: NEVER FUCKING FAILING!"
Video game producers WayForward Technologies
(founded in 1990 by actor-turned-programmer Voldi Way, and named for a joke in a novel
by Douglas Adams
) first established themselves as a reliable maker of product licensed to them by other companies — they began to make their mark with an adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch
, which made the astute decision of treating it as a game
first and a licensed
game second. They've gone on to avoid The Problem with Licensed Games
in much of their subsequent work — so much so that when Konami
decided to contract out to an external developer for Contra 4
, they went with WayForward.
But the company's true labor of love has been its original properties, most of which feature input from creative director Matt Bozon and legendary chiptune
composer and sound designer Jake Kaufman
Original works by WayForward include:
- Shantae, published by Capcom for the Game Boy Color in 2002. It's also available on the Nintendo 3DS' Virtual Console.
- Shantae: Risky's Revenge, a sequel self-published by WayForward on DSiWare, and available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Also available on iOS and Steam.
- Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, an upcoming follow-up for the 3DS.
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, another upcoming entry in the Shantae series for all major consoles of the eighth generation as well as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam that is currently being funded through Kickstarter.
- Sigma Star Saga, published by Namco for the Game Boy Advance in 2005.
- LIT, published by WayForward themselves on WiiWare in 2008; licensed and published (as School of Darkness) by Square Enix in Japan.
- Mighty Flip Champs!, published by WayForward on DSiWare in 2009.
- Mighty Flip Champs DX, a PSN port/remake released July 12, 2011.
- Mighty Milky Way, the Spiritual Successor to Mighty Flip Champs, published again by WayForward on DSiWare, released on May 9, 2011.
- Mighty Switch Force!, another spiritual successor for Mighty Flip Champs, published by WayForward for the 3DS eShop, released in 2011 and on the Wii U on November 18, 2012.
Licensed works include:
- Godzilla Domination, published by Atari for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
- Justice League Heroes: The Flash, published by Warner Bros. Games for the Game Boy Advance in 2006 (notably a prequel to the main Justice League Heroes game, released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable).
- Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck, published by Warner Brothers Games for the Nintendo DS in 2007.
- Contra 4, published by Konami for the Nintendo DS in 2007 (US) and 2008 (Japan).
- A Boy and His Blob, published by Majesco for the Wii in 2009.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Videogame, published by Warner Brothers Games for the Wii and Nintendo DS in 2010.
- BloodRayne: Betrayal, a spin-off action-platformer published by Majesco for PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade on August 2011.
- Aliens: Infestation, co-developed by WayForward and Gearbox Software, published by Sega for the Nintendo DS on October 2011.
- Silent Hill: Book of Memories, to be published by Konami for the PlayStation Vita.
- Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?, Nintendo DS and 3DS game.
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! for the 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 WiiU and PC.
- The forthcoming Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom for the 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
- Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land for the 3DS.
- Double Dragon Neon, a remake of the original Double Dragon game for PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade.
- Hotel Transylvania, a Nintendo DS and 3DS game.
- DuckTales: Remastered, a remake of the original Capcom Nintendo Entertainment System game. Was released on August 2013 for PlayStation Network, Wii U eShop, and PC via Steam; the Xbox Live Arcade version was released the following month.
- Wonder Momo, a remake/sequel of the original arcade game by Namco for PC and Android. Based on the webcomic at Bandai Namco's Shifty Look website. Currently scheduled to be released some time in the first quarter of 2014.