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WayForward Technologies is an American Video Game developer and publisher founded in 1990 by actor-turned-programmer Voldi Way, and named for a joke in a novel by Douglas Adams. The company first established itself 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 become a notable example of No 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.

The company's true labor of love, however, has been its original properties, most of which feature input from creative director Matt Bozon and legendary chiptune composer and sound designer Jake Kaufman (a.k.a. virt). Among its original titles is their flagship series Shantae.


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, a follow-up for the 3DS, Wii U, and Steam.
    • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, another entry in the Shantae series for all major consoles of the eighth generation as well as Play Station Vita, and PC via Steam.
    • Shantae and the Seven Sirens, the fifth entry in the series.
  • Sigma Star Saga, published by Bandai 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.
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    • 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, and later got another release on Steam.
      • Mighty Switch Force! 2, sequel adding water-hosing mechanic.
      • Mighty Switch Force! Academy is a semi-sequel/spin-off made exclusively for PC via Steam. It goes back to the first game's mechanics while expanding the stages to full-screen (so you see everything in the stage) and features four player multiplayer, with both Competitive Multiplayer and Cooperative Multiplayer.
  • Cat Girl Without Salad, an April Fools' Day joke turned real as a part of the Humble Bundle's June 2016 offerings. Originally only available for PC, it was given a Nintendo Switch release on April 1, 2020.
  • Vitamin Connection, a Co-Op Cute 'em Up for the Nintendo Switch released on Feburary 20, 2020.
  • Spidersaurs, a 2D cooperative run ‘n gun action game exclusively for Apple Arcade, developed by the same team behind Contra 4. It is available for free with subscription to the Apple Arcade service.

Licensed works include:

Other Games published by WayForward:

Tropes associated with WayForward include:

  • Action Girl: Chances are that whichever game they're working on will usually feature at least one of these. Bonus points if the active girl is the main protagonist.
  • Animesque: The vast majority of their original properties have a distinct Japanese-influenced character art direction. Even some of their early licensed games had in-game graphics similar to Xtreme Sports and Shantae.
  • Black Comedy: Their original games tend to have a liberal amount of cruel humor (even Mighty Switch Force! and Shantae aren't exempt, albeit to a lesser degree).
  • Fanservice: You can expect most of their original major female characters to be generously-endowed, up to and including when they're not scantily-clad.
  • Retraux: Their modern licensed and contracted games generally use a pixel graphic style.

Alternative Title(s): Way Forward


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