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WayForward Technologies is an independent video game developer and publisher that was founded by Voldi Way in 1990. Based in Valencia, California the studio has developed a variety of original games but is best known for the Shantae series.

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The company was founded by Voldi Way on March 1, 1990 as an independent video game design company. The inspiration for the name of the company did not only come from Voldi’s last name but was a tribute to his favorite author, Douglas Adams. Best known for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Adams wrote another series called “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”. The novel featured a character named Gordon Way who owned a software development company called “WayForward Technologies” and Voldi thought it was the perfect fit for his new start-up company.

Early on, the company focused on publishing games created by independence developers for the PC, as well as developing their own small-scale PC games. They ventured into creating console games with the release of “Mickey’s Ultimate Challenge” developed for the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Game Gear and Master System.

During the mid 1990’s they began working on educational computer games for the PC and Leapster and in 1994 entered into a partnership with American Education Publishing further securing their position in creating educational games. In April 1997 the company would shift focus once again, this time working as a developer for hire offering their services to software publishers looking for a development studio to create particular games.

Shantae BoxIt wasn’t until 2002 before WayForward released their first game based on their own intellectual property. Developed for the Game Boy Color, Shantae released to critical acclaim however only saw moderate success due to being released as the end of the Game Boy Color lifecycle. It was one of the last games to be released for the Game Boy Color and Nintendo’s handheld successor console the Game Boy Advance was released a year earlier.

WayForward has since worked on games for various publishers for a multitude of handheld and home video game consoles. The company would continue to work on games that publishers contracted them to create such as Contra 4 and DuckTales Remastered while also creating new intellectual properties and expanding upon their existing intellectual properties such as Mighty Switch Force and Shantae.

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TypePrivately Owned
LocationValencia, CA
United States
DeveloperWayForward Technologies
FoundedMarch 1, 1990
Number of EmployeesApproximately 150
FounderVoldi Way
WebsiteWayForward

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YearBoxTitlePlatformPublisherGenre
1991Blitzer - Title ScreenBlitzerPCWayForward TechnologiesAction
1993FunPack BoxFunPackPCWizardWorks GroupCompilation
1994Mickey's Ultimate Challenge BoxMickey's Ultimate ChallengeGenesis
Super Nintendo
Game Boy
Game Gear
Master System
Hi-Tech ExpressionsPuzzle
1997Star Warped BoxStar WarpedPCParroty InteractiveAdventure
1998FunPack 3D BoxFunPack 3DPCWizardWorks GroupAction
Compilation
1998Casper - Animated Activity Center BoxCasper: Animated Activity CenterPCSound Source InteractiveEducational
1998Microshaft Winblows 98 BoxMicroshaft Winblows 98PCPalladium InteractiveAction
Strategy
1998Outburst BoxOutburstPCHasbro InteractiveStrategy
1999The Land Before Time - Animated Preschool Adventure BoxThe Land Before Time: Preschool AdventurePCSound Source InteractiveEducational
1999Xtreme Sports Arcade - Summer Edition BoxXtreme Sports Arcade: Summer EditionPCWizardWorks GroupAction
Sports
2000Games Interactive BoxGAMES InteractivePCEncorePuzzle
2000Games Interactive 2 BoxGAMES Interactive 2PCEncorePuzzle
2000Xtreme Sports BoxXtreme SportsGame Boy ColorInfogramesAction
RPG
Sports
2000Delirium - Title ScreenDeliriumPCWayForward TechnologiesShooter
2000Sabrina - The Animated Series - Zapped! BoxSabrina: The Animated Series: Zapped!Game Boy ColorHavas InteractivePlatformer
2001Sabrina - The Animated Series - Spooked! BoxSabrina: The Animated Series: Spooked!Game Boy ColorHavas InteractiveAction-Adventure
2001Pearl Harbor - Defend the Fleet BoxPearl Harbor: Defend the FleetPCWizardWorks GroupAction
2001Wendy - Every Witch Way BoxWendy: Every Witch WayGame Boy ColorTDK MediactiveAction
Puzzle
2001WWF Betrayal BoxWWF BetrayalGame Boy ColorTHQBeat 'em up
2002Pacific Gunner BoxPacific GunnerPCInfogramesAction
2002Shantae BoxShantaeGame Boy ColorCapcomAction
2002The Scorpion King - Sword of Osiris BoxThe Scorpion King: Sword of OsirisGame Boy AdvanceUniversal InteractiveAction
2002Godzilla - Domination! BoxGodzilla: Domination!Game Boy AdvanceInfogramesAction
2003Rescue Heroes - Billy Blazes BoxRescue Heroes: Billy BlazesGame Boy AdvanceVivendi Universal GamesAction
2003Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D BoxNickelodeon Toon Twister 3DPCScholasticEducational
2004The SpongeBob SquarePants MovieThe SpongeBob SquarePants MovieGame Boy AdvanceTHQPlatformer
Adventure
2004Ping Pals BoxPing PalsNintendo DSTHQAction
2005Sigma Star Saga BoxSigma Star SagaGame Boy AdvanceNamco HometekAction
RPG
2005SpongeBob SquarePants - Lights, Camera, Pants! BoxSpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!Game Boy AdvanceTHQAction
2005Tak - The Great Juju Challenge BoxTak: The Great Juju ChallengeGame Boy AdvanceTHQAction
Racing
2005Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus BoxBarbie and the Magic of PegasusGame Boy AdvanceVivendi Universal GamesAction
2006X-Men - The Official Game BoxX-Men: The Official GameGame Boy AdvanceActivisionAction
2006Justice League Heroes - The Flash BoxJustice League Heroes: The FlashGame Boy AdvanceWarner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentAction
2006American Dragon - Jake Long - Attack of the Dark Dragon BoxAmerican Dragon: Jake Long - Attack of the Dark DragonNintendo DSBuena Vista GamesAction
2006American Dragon - Jake Long - Rise of the Huntsclan BoxAmerican Dragon: Jake Long - Rise of the HuntsclanGame Boy AdvanceBuena Vista GamesAction
2006SpongeBob SquarePants - Creature from the Krusty Krab BoxSpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty KrabGame Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
THQAction
Racing
2006Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses BoxBarbie in the 12 Dancing PrincessesGame Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
ActivisionAction
2007Looney Tunes - Duck Amuck BoxLooney Tunes: Duck AmuckNintendo DSWarner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentSimulation
2007Shrek - Ogres & Dronkeys BoxShrek: Ogres & DronkeysNintendo DSActivisionSimulation
2007Contra 4 BoxContra 4Nintendo DSKonamiAction
2008Space Chimps BoxSpace ChimpsNintendo DSBrash EntertainmentAction
2009LIT BoxLITWiiWare
iOS
Android
PC
WayForward TechnologiesAction
Puzzle
2009Mighty Flip Champs! BoxMighty Flip Champs!DSiWare
PlayStation Minis
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2009Baseball Blast! BoxBaseball Blast!Wii2K SportsSports
Baseball
2009A Boy and His Blob BoxA Boy and His BlobWii
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
PC
iOS
Android
Majesco EntertainmentAction
2009Where The Wild Things Are BoxWhere the Wild Things AreNintendo DSWarner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentAction
2009Barbie and the Three Musketeers BoxBarbie and the Three MusketeersNintendo DS
Wii
PC
ActivisionAction
2010Galactic Taz Ball BoxGalactic Taz BallNintendo DSWarner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentAction
2010Despicable Me - The Game - Minion Mayhem BoxDespicable Me: Minion MayhemNintendo DSD3Publisher of AmericaAction
Puzzle
2010Batman - The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame BoxBatman: The Brave and the Bold - The VideogameNintendo DS
Wii
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentAction
2010Shantae - Risky's Revenge BoxShantae: Risky's RevengeDSiWare
iOS
PlayStation 4
PC
Wii U
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2011SpongeBob SquigglePants BoxSpongeBob SquigglePantsNintendo 3DS
Wii
THQAction
2011Centipede - Infestation BoxCentipede: InfestationNintendo 3DS
Wii
AtariAction
2011Thor - God of Thunder BoxThor: God of ThunderNintendo DSSegaAction
2011Mighty Milky Way BoxMighty Milky WayDSiWareWayForward TechnologiesAction
2011SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D BoxSpongeBob Squigglepants 3DNintendo 3DSTHQCompilation
2011BloodRayne - Betrayal BoxBloodRayne: BetrayalXbox 360
PlayStation 3
PC
Majesco EntertainmentAction
2011Aliens - Infestation BoxAliens: InfestationNintendo DSSegaAction
2011Mighty Switch Force! BoxMighty Switch Force!Nintendo 3DSWayForward TechnologiesAction
2011Happy Feet Two - The Video Game BoxHappy Feet Two: The Video GameNintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentAction
2012iCarly - Groovy Foodie! BoxiCarly: Groovy Foodie!Nintendo DSD3Publisher of AmericaAction
Simulation
2012Hotel Transylvania BoxHotel TransylvaniaNintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
Game Mill PublishingAction
2012Double Dragon Neon BoxDouble Dragon NeonXbox 360
PlayStation 3
PC
Majesco EntertainmentAction
2012Silent Hill - Book of Memories BoxSilent Hill: Book of MemoriesPlayStation VitaKonamiAction
RPG
2012Lalaloopsy - Carnival of Friends BoxLalaloopsy: Carnival of FriendsNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DS
ActivisionAction
2012Adventure Time - Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage! BoxAdventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!Nintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
D3Publisher of AmericaAction
2012Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition BoxMighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive EditionWii U
PC
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2013The Smurfs 2 BoxThe Smurfs 2: The Video GamePlayStation 3
Wii
WiiU
Xbox 360
UbisoftAction
2013Disney DuckTales - Remastered BoxDuckTales: RemasteredWii U
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
PC
iOS
Android
Windows Phone
CapcomAction
2013Regular Show - Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land BoxRegular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit LandNintendo 3DSD3Publisher of AmericaAction
2013Adventure Time - Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! BoxAdventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know!Wii U
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PC
Nintendo 3DS
D3Publisher of AmericaAction
2013Mighty Switch Force! 2 BoxMighty Switch Force! 2Wii U
Nintendo 3DS
WayForward TechnologiesAction
Puzzle
2014Drawn to Life BoxDrawn to LifeiOS505 GamesAction
2014Transformers - Rise of the Dark Spark BoxTransformers: Rise of the Dark SparkNintendo 3DSActivisionRPG
2014Shantae - Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut BoxShantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's CutPlayStation 4
Wii U
PC
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2014Shantae and the Pirate's Curse BoxShantae and the Pirate's CurseWii U
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo 3DS
PC
Amazon Fire TV
Nintendo Switch
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2014Adventure Time - The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom BoxAdventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless KingdomPlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Xbox 360
Nintendo 3DS
Microsoft Windows
Little OrbitAction
2014Wonder Momo - Typhoon Booster BoxWonder Momo: Typhoon BoosterNvidia Shield
Mac OS
Bandai NamcoAction
2014Scooby Doo! & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe - Adventure BoxScooby Doo! & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: AdventurePC
Nintendo 3DS
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentAction
2014Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Danger of the Ooze BoxTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the OozePlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Nintendo 3DS
ActivisionAction
2015Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down! BoxMighty Switch Force! Hose It Down!iOS, PCWayForward TechnologiesPuzzle
2015Watch Quest Heroes of Time BoxWatch Quest! Heroes of TimeApple WatchWayForward TechnologiesPuzzle
2015Til Morning's Light BoxTil Morning's LightiOS
Fire OS
Amazon Game StudiosAction
Adventure
Puzzle
2015Adventure Time - Puzzle Quest BoxAdventure Time: Puzzle QuestiOS
Android
D3Publisher of AmericaPuzzle
2015Mighty Switch Force! Academy BoxMighty Switch Force! AcademyPCWayForward TechnologiesAction
2015Goosebumps - The Game BoxGoosebumps: The GamePlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Nintendo 3DS
PC
Nintendo Switch
GameMill EntertainmentAdventure
2015Marvel Puzzle Quest BoxMarvel Puzzle QuestPlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
D3Publisher of AmericaPuzzle
RPG
2015Descendants BoxDescendantsiOS
Android
Disney MobileAdventure
2016Shantae - Half Genie Hero BoxShantae: Half-Genie HeroWii U
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2017The Mummy Demastered BoxThe Mummy DemasteredPlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2018Cat Girl Without Salad! - Amuse-Bouche BoxCat Girl Without Salad!: Amuse-BouchePCWayForward TechnologiesAction
2019Bloodstained - Ritual of the Night BoxBloodstained: Ritual of the NightPlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
505 GamesAction
2019Spidersaurs BoxSpidersaursApple ArcadeWayForward TechnologiesAction
2019Shantae and the Seven Sirens BoxShantae and the Seven SirensPlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
Apple Arcade
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2019River City Girls BoxRiver City GirlsPlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
Arc Systems Works
WayForward Technologies
Action
2020Vitamin Connection BoxVitamin ConnectionNintendo SwitchWayForward TechnologiesAction

YearBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperGenre
1991Hyperoid - Title ScreenHyperoidPCHutchins SoftwareAction
1991Warhead - Title ScreenWarheadPCBrian C. Lowe & Eric Lee SteadleAction
1991Chomp - Title ScreenChompPCNeolithic SoftwareAction
1991Blitzer - Title ScreenBlitzerPCWayForward TechnologiesAction
1992Emlith - Title ScreenEmlithPCYutaka EmuraAction
Puzzle
2000Delirium - Title ScreenDeliriumPCWayForward TechnologiesShooter
2009LIT BoxLITWiiWare
iOS
Android
PC
WayForward TechnologiesAction
Puzzle
2009Mighty Flip Champs! BoxMighty Flip Champs!DSiWare
PlayStation Minis
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2010Shantae - Risky's Revenge BoxShantae: Risky's RevengeDSiWare
iOS
PlayStation 4
PC
Wii U
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2011Mighty Milky Way BoxMighty Milky WayDSiWareWayForward TechnologiesAction
2011Mighty Switch Force! BoxMighty Switch Force!Nintendo 3DSWayForward TechnologiesAction
2012Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition BoxMighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive EditionWii U
PC
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2013Mighty Switch Force! 2 BoxMighty Switch Force! 2Wii U
Nintendo 3DS
WayForward TechnologiesAction
Puzzle
2014Shantae - Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut BoxShantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's CutPlayStation 4
Wii U
PC
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2014Shantae and the Pirate's Curse BoxShantae and the Pirate's CurseWii U
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo 3DS
PC
Amazon Fire TV
Nintendo Switch
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2015Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down! BoxMighty Switch Force! Hose It Down!iOS, PCWayForward TechnologiesPuzzle
2015Watch Quest Heroes of Time BoxWatch Quest! Heroes of TimeApple WatchWayForward TechnologiesPuzzle
2015Mighty Switch Force! Academy BoxMighty Switch Force! AcademyPCWayForward TechnologiesAction
2016Shantae - Half Genie Hero BoxShantae: Half-Genie HeroWii U
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2017Mystik Belle BoxMystik BellePlayStation 4Last DimensionAction
2017The Mummy Demastered BoxThe Mummy DemasteredPlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2018Cat Girl Without Salad! - Amuse-Bouche BoxCat Girl Without Salad!: Amuse-BouchePCWayForward TechnologiesAction
2019Spidersaurs BoxSpidersaursApple ArcadeWayForward TechnologiesAction
2019Shantae and the Seven Sirens BoxShantae and the Seven SirensPlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Nintendo Switch
Apple Arcade
WayForward TechnologiesAction
2020Vitamin Connection BoxVitamin ConnectionNintendo SwitchWayForward TechnologiesAction

ProfileNameRoleTenure
Voldi WayVoldi WayFounder
CEO
1990-Present
Matt BozonMatt BozonDesigner
Director
1994-Present
John BeckJohn BeckAdvisor
CEO
1998-2016
Mark BozonMark BozonLevel Designer
QA Tester
2000-2016
James ChanJames ChanEngine Programmer2002-2015
Chris WatsonChris WatsonExecutive Producer
COO
2004-Present
Chris KerlegonChris KerlegonAnimator2004-Present
Chris LosorelliGameplay Programmer2005-2015
2016-Present
Michael de la PeñaMichael de la PeñaSenior Programmer2005-Present
Rob BuchananRob BuchananGame Director
Art Director
2006-2012
2015-Present
Profile PlaceholderRobert KoshakProgrammer Manager
Lead Programmer
2007-Present
Profile PlaceholderDaniel KelloggEngine Programmer2007-Present
Shane CalimlimShane CalimlimEngine Programmer2009-2016
Profile PlaceholderDaniel YoonProgrammer2009-2017
Profile PlaceholderAustin IvansmithDirector
Designer
2009-Present
Damon DuBoisDamon DuBoisArt Director
Head of 3D Art Department
2009-Present
Armando SotoArmando SotoGame Director
Art Outsource Director
2011-2015
2018-Present
Walter HechtWalter HechtLead Programmer2011-Present
Profile PlaceholderJames GuintuProgrammer2012-Present
Profile PlaceholderDerek MorrisEngine Programmer2012-Present
Adam RademacherAdam RademacherProgrammer2012-Present
Jeremy PryerJeremy PryerQA Manager2012-Present
Profile PlaceholderYossi HorowitzProgrammer2013-2016
Profile PlaceholderChristopher StanleyProducer2013-Present
Profile PlaceholderAndrew AitchisonProgrammer2013-Present
Tomm HulettTomm HulettDirector2013-Present
Jordan VineJordan VineVFX Artist2013-Present
Brian LittrellBrian LittrellEngine Programmer2014-2015
2019-Present
Profile PlaceholderGlenn SeidelProducer2014-Present
Justin ShortJustin ShortProgrammer2014-Present
Profile PlaceholderRodrigo SenaProgrammer2015-2016
Brian SmithBrian SmithLevel Designer2015-Present
Adam HolmesAdam HolmesPorgrammer
Game Designer
2015-Present
Tim RighettiniTim RighettiniTechnical Designer
Programmer
2015-Present
Profile PlaceholderBruce LottProgrammer2016-Present
Nicholas GarciaNicholas GarciaLevel Designer2017-Present
Christian SoloTechnical Artist2018-Present
Seth BujosaSeth BujosaSoftware Engineer2018-Present
Byron ChoyByron ChoyUnreal Programmer2018-Present
Lucas MateykoLucas MateykoProgrammer2018-Present
Mo SabawiMo SabawiProducer2018-Present
Chris HoffmanChris HoffmanCommunity Manager & PR2018-Present
Lee WagnerLee WagnerLead Environment Artist2018-Present
Joel YoukhannaJoel YoukhannaAssociate Director2018-Present
Alex DupreAlex DupreLevel Designer2018-Present
Lee GordonLee GordonAssistant Producer2019-Present
Colin MisbachColin MisbachGame Programmer2019-Present
Katherine MuirheadKatherine MuirheadProducer2019-Present
Stephen KimStephen KimSenior Software Engineer2019-Present
Nicolas NajmNicolas NajmLevel Designer2019-Present
Brian DouglasBrian DouglasLevel Designer2019-Present
Timothy PetersonTimothy PetersonProgrammer2019-Present