HAL Laboratory

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HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Native name
Haru Kenkyūjo
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video games
Founded Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (February 21, 1980 (1980-02-21))[1]
Founder Hiroji Iwasaki
Headquarters Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo[1], Japan
Number of locations
Key people
Masayoshi Tanimura (President)
Products Kirby series
Mother series
Super Smash Bros. series
Various video game titles
Number of employees
149 (as of June 2015)[2]
Subsidiaries Warpstar Inc.

HAL Laboratory, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ハル研究所 Hepburn: Kabushiki Gaisha Haru Kenkyūjo?) is a Japanese video game developer that was founded on February 21, 1980 and is closely affiliated with Nintendo. It is headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.[1] HAL was named as such 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 Japanese name. Some of its early titles were also released as HAL America, a North American subsidiary of the company led by Yash Terakura.[5] Hal owns 50% of Warpstar, Inc., the production company that created the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime series.

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 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]
Wii U[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]

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

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

Coleco Vision[edit]






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