HAL Laboratory

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HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Type Kabushiki gaisha
Subsidiary of Nintendo
Industry Video games
Founded February 21, 1980[1]
Headquarters Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Key people Satoru Iwata
(Former President)
Masahiro Sakurai
(Resigned in 2003)
Products Kirby
Super Smash Bros.
Various video game titles
Employees 145 (as of June 2013)[2]
Website hallab.co.jp

HAL Laboratory, Inc. (株式会社ハル研究所 Haru Kenkyūjo?) is a Japanese video game developer that was founded on February 21, 1980. It is headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.[1] HAL was named that way because "each letter put them one step ahead of IBM".[3] The company is most famous for its character Kirby, the eponymous protagonist of the series of games, the Mother series (otherwise known as EarthBound), and the Super Smash Bros. series.

HAL Laboratory started off making games for the MSX system and the Commodore VIC-20.[4]

In many of its games during the early to mid-1990s it used the name HALKEN (derived from their literal Japanese name "HAL KENkyūjo") as well as HAL Laboratory. Some of its early titles were also released as HAL America, a North American subsidiary of the company led by Yash Terakura.[5]

The current president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, was a former president of HAL. Other important figures include Masahiro Sakurai, who created the Kirby character and the Super Smash Bros. franchise, and now leads his own company, Sora Ltd.

List of games developed[edit]

Nintendo Systems[edit]

Home Console[edit]

Family Computer Disk System[edit]

Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Super NES[edit]

NCAA Basketball was produced for HAL America by Tim Rooney and Adam Flick, and programmed by Sculptured Software in Salt Lake City. The completed game was sold to Nintendo of America, who released it in the US.

Nintendo 64[edit]

Nintendo GameCube[edit]



Game Boy (1989 - 1997)[edit]

Game Boy Color (2000 - 2001)[edit]

Game Boy Advance (2002 - 2006)[edit]

Nintendo DS (2005 - 2011)[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Other Systems[edit]

Commodore VIC-20[edit]

  • Jelly Monsters

Commodore MAX Machine[7]/Commodore 64[edit]

  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Jupiter Lander
  • Le Mans
  • Mole Attack
  • Money Wars
  • Pinball Spectacular
  • Road Race
  • Slalom

Coleco Vision[edit]





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