WayForward Technologies

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WayForward Technologies Inc.
Type Private
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1990
Headquarters Valencia, California U.S.
Key people Voldi Way (Founder)
John Beck (CEO)
Matt Bozon (creative director)
Jake Kaufman (audio designer)
Products Video games
Website http://www.wayforward.com

WayForward Technologies Inc. is an American video game developer based in Valencia, California. Founded in 1990 by technology entrepreneur Voldi Way, WayForward started by developing games for consoles such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis, as well as TV games and PC educational software. In 1997, they relaunched their video games arm, placing the company as a contractor for publishers and working on a variety of licensed assets.

The company has created a variety of original game properties including Shantae, which appeared on the Game Boy Color and was published by Capcom. Currently, WayForward Technologies works on games for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita handheld consoles, WiiWare games for Nintendo's Wii and Wii U consoles, and other licensed titles for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

History[edit]

WayForward Technologies was founded in 1990 by Voldi Way as an independent videogame design company, following on from a previous company he started that specialised in software for sheet metal fabrication.[1] The name WayForward Technologies may refer to the novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, where a character named Gordon Way had founded a company by the same name.[2] Early on, the company focused on producing software for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear and Game Boy Color. They also branched out into educational computer games for the Personal Computer and Leapster.[1] During this time, many of the staff were doing other jobs in order to support their ambition to become game developers.[3]

In 1994, WayForward Technologies entered into a partnership with American Education Publishing in order to focus on developing further educational computer games.[4] The partnership was successful, with the company winning awards for innovation at the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show. During this time, WayForward focused on licensed assets such as the Muppets for their educational games or Godzilla or The Scorpion King for their more traditional games.[3]

WayForward restarted their videogame development business in April 1997, working as a "developer for hire" by providing services to software publishers.[1] John Beck, CEO, stated that by providing services on small projects the company has managed to remain a stable level of work. In mid-2002, WayForward released their first internally developed game based on their own intellectual property called Shantae. While it achieved critical acclaim, it was one of the last games to be released for the Game Boy Color and as a result only enjoyed limited success.[1]

When Nintendo announced the dual-screen handheld console that became the Nintendo DS in early 2004, WayForward began examining the various options the new console offered. Work started on a sequel to Shantae using the two screens. Despite presenting the concepts to a number of publishers, they were ultimately unsuccessful at securing a deal.[3] Because of the large number of Shantae related assets that were produced, including 3D models, WayForward frequently uses them when trying out new technology or development platforms.[1] Later in 2004, the company was contracted by THQ to produce a new chat game called Ping Pals for the Nintendo DS. Despite the tight timescales involved in developing the game, WayForward used the opportunity to obtain development kits for the platform.[3] The game met unfavourably with the majority of critics and gained only a single positive review.[5] In 2006, the company produced and released Justice League Heroes: The Flash just as the Game Boy Advance was reaching the end of its commercial life cycle, which met with largely positive reviews.[6] Since then, WayForward has gone on to develop further titles for the Nintendo DS. Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck, based on the 1951 Warner Bros. cartoon Duck Amuck was highly anticipated[7] at the E3 trade show but also received mixed reviews upon release.[8]

On February 19, 2008, John Beck and Matt Bozon were speakers at the Independent Games Summit, part of the 2008 Game Developers Conference, discussing a range of issues facing independent games companies.[9] Currently, WayForward are developing titles for Nintendo's Wii console involving the use of internally developed intellectual property. LIT was announced on March 5, 2008 and was released on February 9, 2009 for the WiiWare online shop platform.[10] A new game in the Shantae series is also being considered for the platform.[11]

According to the Spring 2009 entry of the Shantae Fan Club online newsletter, WayForward introduced a new character named Alta who is a pink-haired girl that wields a scepter. She represented a brand-new original franchise. This was revealed on March 9, 2009 to be a DSiWare exclusive game called "Mighty Flip Champs!".[1] WayForward would create Mighty Milky Way, another puzzle platformer with a new character named Luna. Its sequel, Mighty Switch Force! was released exclusively on the 3DS eShop on December 22, 2011, with a sequel two years later called Mighty Switch Force! 2 on the Nintendo 3DS' eShop.

Recently, WayForward Technologies developed a game for the Nintendo DS and 3DS based on the popular Cartoon Network show Adventure Time called Adventure Time. The show's creator, Pendleton Ward, confirmed the news of the game's development on his personal Twitter account on the 23rd of March, 2012 and Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! was released on November 20th, 2012. A sequel is currently in the works along with a Regular Show video game.[12] On February 24, 2013 WayForward Game Director & Designer Austin Ivansmith confirmed that a sequel to Mighty Switch Force! was in development on the 50th episode of "Sup, Holmes?" on Destructoid[13] which was released on June 13th, 2013. A new Shantae title was revealed via Nintendo Power[14] called Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, which is currently set for a release date in 2014 on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. Another game in the series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, is currently in development.[15]

Games developed[edit]

Retail games
Year Title Platforms
1994 Mickey's Ultimate Challenge Sega Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, Game Gear, Sega Master System
2000 Xtreme Sports Game Boy Color
2000 Bear in the Big Blue House: Bear’s Sense of Adventure PC
2000 Sabrina: The Animated Series: Zapped! Game Boy Color
2001 Sabrina: The Animated Series: Spooked! Game Boy Color
2001 Pearl Harbor: Defend the Fleet PC
2001 Wendy: Every Witch Way Game Boy Color
2001 WWF Betrayal Game Boy Color
2002 Shantae Game Boy Color
2002 The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris Game Boy Advance
2002 Godzilla: Domination Game Boy Advance
2003 Rescue Heroes: Billy Blazes Game Boy Advance
2003 Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D PC
2004 Ping Pals Nintendo DS
2005 Sigma Star Saga Game Boy Advance
2005 SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Game Boy Advance
2006 Justice League Heroes PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Xbox
2006 Justice League Heroes: The Flash Game Boy Advance
2006 American Dragon: Jake Long - Rise of the Huntsclan! Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
2006 SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
2007 Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck Nintendo DS
2007 Contra 4 Nintendo DS
2008 Space Chimp Nintendo DS
2009 LIT WiiWare
2009 Mighty Flip Champs! DSiWare
2009 A Boy and His Blob Wii
2009 Where the Wild Things Are Nintendo DS
2010 Galactic Taz Ball Nintendo DS
2010 Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Nintendo DS
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Nintendo DS, Wii
2010 Shantae: Risky's Revenge DSiWare, iOS, PC
2011 SpongeBob SquigglePants Nintendo 3DS, Wii
2011 Centipede: Infestation Nintendo 3DS, Wii
2011 Thor: God of Thunder[16] Nintendo DS
2011 Mighty Milky Way[17] DSiWare
2011 Mighty Flip Champs! DX PlayStation Minis
2011 BloodRayne: Betrayal[18] Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC
2011 Aliens Infestation[19] Nintendo DS
2011 Mighty Switch Force! [20] Nintendo 3DS
2011 Happy Feet Two: The Video Game Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
2012 Hotel Transylvania Nintendo 3DS
2012 Double Dragon Neon Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC
2012 Silent Hill: Book of Memories[21] PlayStation Vita
2012 Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! [22] Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
2012 Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Wii U
2013 The Smurfs 2: The Video Game PlayStation 3, Wii, WiiU, Xbox 360
2013 DuckTales: Remastered [23] Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
2013 Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby In 8-Bit Land Nintendo 3DS
2013 Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW![24] Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo 3DS
2013 Mighty Switch Force! 2 Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
2014 Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark[25] Nintendo 3DS
2014 Shantae and the Pirate's Curse[26] Wii U/Nintendo 3DS)
2014 Shantae: Half-Genie Hero[15] Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
2014 Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom[27] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows
2014 Wonder Momo Nvidia Shield, PC, Macintosh
2014 Regular Show: Battle of the Robots PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Brandon Sheffield (2004-11-17). "WayForward To The Handheld Future". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  2. ^ Simon Carless (2008-02-08). "WayForward Technologies Vs. Dirk Gently?". GameSetWatch. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d Stephen Totilo (2007-08-21). "The Flop That Inspired 'Contra 4' And 'Duck Amuck'". MTV. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  4. ^ "WayForward Technologies - The Company". WayForward Technologies. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  5. ^ Geoffery Winter. "Ping Pals". Nintendojo. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Justice League Heroes: The Flash". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  7. ^ Guy Cocker (2007-07-13). "E3 '07: Duck Amuck Impressions". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  8. ^ "Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck". metacritic. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Games Developers Conference - Independent Games Summit". CMP Media. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  10. ^ Damien McFerran (2008-03-06). "WayForward Developing Exclusive Horror Puzzle Title for WiiWare". WiiWare World. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  11. ^ James Ransom-Wiley (2008-02-22). "GDC08: Shantae summoned for WiiWare". Joystiq. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  12. ^ http://www.screwattack.com/news/adventure-time-ben-10-and-regular-show-are-all-getting-new-games
  13. ^ Johnathan Holmes (2013-02-24). "Mighty Switch Force 2 announced for 3DS!-Sup, Holmes?". Destructoid. 
  14. ^ Shantae And The Pirate's Curse for 3DS Announced! (SPREAD THE NEWS!)
  15. ^ a b WayForward (2013-09-04). "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  16. ^ Richard George. "Thor: God of Thunder Review - Nintendo DS Review at IGN". Au.ds.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  17. ^ "Mighty Milky Way is your new planet-hopping puzzle game". Destructoid. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  18. ^ "BloodRayne: Betrayal | Majesco Ent". Bloodraynebetrayal.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  19. ^ Dutton, Fred (2011-05-25). "Aliens Infestation outed by ratings board News • News •". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  20. ^ "Mighty Switch Force – Coming to the 3DS eShop". Nintendocharged.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  21. ^ Kietzmann, Ludwig (2011-06-10). "Silent Hill: Book of Memories developed by WayForward". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  22. ^ "Adventure Time Heading to Nintendo DS Later This Year - News". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  23. ^ http://kotaku.com/5991930/capcom-is-bringing-ducktales-back
  24. ^ "New Adventure Time game announced for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, and 3DS; Regular Show game for 3DS". Gematsu. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  25. ^ Brenna Hillier (2014-02-16). "Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark announced". vg247. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  26. ^ "Latest Nintendo Power cover reveals Shantae and the Pirate's Curse". GoNintendo. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  27. ^ WayForward (2013-09-04). "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

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