HAL Laboratory

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HAL Laboratory Inc.
Native name
Haru Kenkyūjo
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Video games
Founded February 21, 1980; 37 years ago (1980-02-21)
Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Founder Satoru Iwata
Headquarters Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo[1], Japan
Number of locations
Key people
Masayoshi Tanimura (Chairman & CEO)
Satoshi Mitsuhara
(President & COO)
Products Kirby series
Mother series
Super Smash Bros. series
Number of employees
153 (2016)[2]
Subsidiaries Warpstar Inc. (50%)[1]
Website www.hallab.co.jp

HAL Laboratory, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ハル研究所, Hepburn: Kabushiki Gaisha Haru Kenkyūjo) is a Japanese developer that was founded on February 21, 1980 that is closely affiliated with Nintendo. It is headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.[1] The company got its name 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.[1]

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]
Wii U[edit]
Nintendo Switch[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]

  • Mr. Chin


  • Balance
  • Butamaru Pants
  • Cue Star
  • Dragon Attack
  • Dunk Shot
  • Eggerland Mystery
  • Eggerland 2
  • Fruit Search
  • Gall Force
  • Heavy Boxing
  • Hole in One
  • Hole in One Professional
  • Inside the Karamaru
  • Inspecteur Z
  • Mobile Planet Stillus/The Roving Planet Stillus
  • Mr. Chin
  • Pachipro Densetsu
  • Picture Puzzle
  • Rollerball
  • Space Maze Attack
  • Space Trouble
  • Step Up
  • Super Billiards
  • Super Snake
  • Swimming Tango
  • Tetsuman
  • The Roving Planet Styllus


  • Hole in One Special
  • Zukkoke Yajikita Onmitsudoutyuu
  • Mr. Ninja - Ashura's Chapter


Apple II[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Company". Retrieved September 17, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Updated list of employee counts for Nintendo companies". nintendoeverything.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Madden, Orla (November 30, 2012). "Iwata Explains Where The Name HAL Laboratory Came From". nintendolife.com. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "What was Japan for Commodore?". commodore.ca. February 16, 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Yash Terakura joins Throwback Entertainment as Chief Technology Officer". GamesIndustry.biz. May 11, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (January 29, 2011). "Nintendo Unveils New Wii Titles". andriasang.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Ultimax Collection". Commodore 64 Preservation Project. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 

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