If you adore retro-esque platformers, then you probably already know about WayForward. This studio has been responsible for a lot of the great and wonderful games that breathe new life into an aging genre. We’ve played their DuckTales Remastered, Mighty Switch Force and A Boy and His Blob. Our own Ron Duwell has already said several times that he adores the Shantae series as well.
Heck, even former WayForward Technologies devs make wonderfully “old” games. Yacht Club Games, created by former WayForward folks, created the unbelievably glorious Shovel Knight.
Now, one of WayForward’s most recent projects is making the jump from 3DS to Wii U. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is set to hit the Wii U on Christmas Day.
Destructoid spoke with WayForward’s Matt Bozon about what makes the Wii U version of this game special. He provided a detailed answer.
“In addition to off TV play, we’ve added HD menus and character portraits. The character art has become well known in its own right, having been created by Inti Creates, the developer behind the Mega Man Zero series. There are around 100 HD illustrations, and they’re worth a closer look on your TV. They’re in stereoscopic 3D on 3DS, but HD here and both look incredible. We also support Wii U Pro Controller, and the Wii Classic Controller Pro. The game plays remarkably well with these controllers. But if I had to pick one feature to call my favorite, it’s the HD portraits.”
Bozon also talked about how WayForward owes a lot of its success to Nintendo and the company’s fans. “We’ve been there supporting Nintendo with every system launch starting with the Game Boy Color,” he offered. “We want to be first in line to make games for these legendary platforms. Whether they reach a massive audience or not, Nintendo fans occupy an extremely loyal corner of the game industry.”
Bozon took those compliments further, by adding that Nintendo fans “like intelligent design and visually iconic characters, and they typically understand that games of high quality take time.”
“We’re working to expand our fan base, but Nintendo fans got us here which is why we go the extra mile to serve them when we can.”
WayForward makes wonderful games, folks. If you own a Wii U, look for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse on Dec. 25, 2014. It’s already out on the Nintendo 3DS if you can’t wait.