HAL Laboratory

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HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Native name
株式会社ハル研究所
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
2
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]
Nintendo 64[edit]
Nintendo GameCube[edit]
Wii[edit]
Wii U[edit]

Handheld[edit]

Game Boy[edit]
Game Boy Color[edit]
Game Boy Advance[edit]
Nintendo DS[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]

MSX[edit]

MSX2[edit]

Windows[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]