HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki kaisha haru kenkyūjo
Industry Video game industry
Founded 21  1980; Script error (1980-02-21)[1]
Founder Mitsuhiro Ikeda
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Key people
Number of employees
156[1] (2017)
Subsidiaries Warpstar, Inc. (50%)[1]
Website Script error
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HAL Laboratory, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ハル研究所 Hepburn: Kabushiki kaisha haru kenkyūjo?) is a Japanese developer that was founded on 21 February 1980 that is closely affiliated with Nintendo. It is headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo.[1] The company got its name because "each letter put them one step ahead of IBM".[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] HAL owns 50% of Warpstar, Inc., the production company that created the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime series.[1]

List of games developedEdit

Nintendo systemsEdit

Home consoleEdit

Family Computer Disk SystemEdit
Nintendo Entertainment SystemEdit
Super NESEdit
Nintendo 64Edit
Wii UEdit
Nintendo SwitchEdit


Game BoyEdit
Game Boy ColorEdit
Game Boy AdvanceEdit
Nintendo DSEdit
Nintendo 3DSEdit

Other systemsEdit

Commodore VIC-20Edit

Commodore MAX Machine[6]/Commodore 64Edit

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

Coleco VisionEdit

  • 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




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