HAL Laboratroy, Inc.
HAL Laboratory logo
Type Subsidiary of Nintendo
Industry Video games
Founded February 21, 1980
Headquarters Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

HAL Laboratory, Inc. is a subsidiary of Nintendo that is well-known for creating and developing the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series of video games. They are also known to help develop the EarthBound series, Mother 2 onward. The company's name comes from the HAL 9000 computer from the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

HAL Laboratory started off making games for the MSX system and the Commodore VIC-20. During the early 1980s, some of their games since the 1986 Family Computer Disk System game Gall Force: Eternal Story (based on the anime film of the same name) have been released also on Nintendo systems.


In many of its games during the early to mid-'90s 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.

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.

Games developedEdit


Game title Platform
Skiing C64
Hustler C64
Pinball Spectacular C64
Jupiter Lander C64
Balance MSX
Butamaru Pants MSX
[Cue Star]] MSX
Dragon Attack MSX
Dunk Shot MSX
Eggerland Mystery MSX
Eggerland 2 MSX
Fruit Search MSX
Gall Force MSX
Heavy Boxing MSX
Hole in One MSX
Hole in One Professional MSX
Inside the Karamaru MSX
Inspecteur Z MSX
Mobile Planet MSX
Mr. Chin MSX
Pachipro Densetsu MSX
Picture Puzzle MSX
Rollerball MSX
Space Maze Attack MSX
Space Trouble MSX
Step Up MSX
Super Billiards MSX
Super Snake MSX
Swimming Tango MSX
Tetsuman MSX
The Roving Planet Styllus MSX
Hole in One Special MSX2
Zukkoke Yajikita Onmitsudoutyuu MSX2
Mr. Ninja - Ashura's Chapter MSX2
Eggerland FDS
Eggerland: Souzouhe no Tabidachi FDS
[[Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally FDS
Fire Bam FDS
Gall Force: Eternal Story FDS
Metal Slader Glory FDS

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