HAL Laboratory, Inc. (株式会社ハル研究所, Kabushikigaisha Haru Kenkyūjo?) is a Japanese video game developer that was founded on February 21, 1980. It is headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Its name comes from the HAL 9000 computer in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The company is most famous for its character Kirby, the eponymous protagonist of the series of games, as well as the Super Smash Bros. series. It is a subsidiary of Nintendo and thus creates games exclusively for Nintendo.
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.
|Type||Subsidiary of Nintendo|
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||February 21, 1980|
|Headquarters||Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Key people||Satoru Iwata (former president)|