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WayForward Technologies is an American game developer 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).


Original works by WayForward include:

  • 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 PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam.
  • 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.
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    • 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, 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, in both flavors.
  • Cat Girl Without Salad, an April Fools' Day joke turned real as a part of the Humble Bundle's June 2016 offerings. Currently only available for PC.

Licensed works include:

  • 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.
  • 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, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and PC.

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