The company established itself as a "developer-for-hire", initially being tasked with adapting franchises such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch to handheld consoles. Their work with such licenses quickly garnered them a reputation as a developer that can consistently deliver examples of No Problem with Licensed Games, which would eventually lead to major game publishers such as Konami and even Nintendo trusting the studio with remakes, spin-offs, and even brand-new entries in long-standing franchises like Contra and Advance Wars.
However, WayForward's true labors of love are its original properties, often headed by creative director Matt Bozon and composed by legendary chiptune musician and sound designer Jake Kaufman (a.k.a. virt). The first of these projects would be Shantae: a 2002 Game Boy Color published by Capcom. While initially garnering little more than cult status due to releasing late into the system's life, following the release of a second installment almost a decade later, Shantae would grow to become the company's flagship franchise.
Games developed by WayForward include:
- Shantae series
- Sigma Star Saga (2005; Game Boy Advance)
- LIT note (2009; WiiWare)
- Mighty series
- Cat Girl Without Salad (2016; PC)
- Spidersaurs (2019; Apple Arcade)
- Vitamin Connection (2020; Nintendo Switch)
Other Video Game Franchises
- Contra 4 (2007; Nintendo DS; published by Konami)
- A Boy and His Blob (2009; Wii; published by Majesco)
- Silent Hill: Book of Memories (2012; PlayStation Vita; published by Konami)
- Double Dragon Neon (2012; PSN and Xbox LIVE Arcade; published by Majesco and Arc System WorksJP)
- River City Girls (2019; Multiplatform; published by Arc System Works)
- River City Girls Zero (2021; Multiplatform)note
- River City Girls 2 (2022)
- Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (2021; Nintendo Switch; published by Nintendo)
- Adventure Time:
- Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
- Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
- Aliens: Infestation (co-developed with Gearbox Software)
- Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia
- Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Videogame
- BloodRayne: Betrayal
- DuckTales: Remastered
- Godzilla Domination
- Hotel Transylvania
- Justice League Heroes: The Flash
- Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck
- The Mummy Demastered
- Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land
- RWBY Arrowfell
- The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris
- The Smurfs 2
- Spongebob Squarepants:
- The SpongeBob Movie Game for the Game Boy Advance (2004)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! for the Game Boy Advance (2005)
- Sponge Bob Square Pants Creature From The Krusty Krab for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance (2006)
- SpongeBob SquigglePants (2011), a game for the UDraw tablet for the Wii.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze
- Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia
- Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster
- Xtreme Sports
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.