HAL Laboratory, Inc. (JP)(CN) (also referred to as HAL or HALKEN) is a Japanese video game development company that has been affiliated with Nintendo since 1983, when the Famicom (NES) was first released. HAL was responsible for the creation of Kirby and the Kirby series.

HAL was also responsible for developing Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and the BOXBOY! series.


Satoru Iwata, an employee at HAL, helped HAL form a relationship with Nintendo. After financial strain brought on from the development of Metal Slader Glory,[1] Nintendo offered to rescue HAL from bankruptcy on the condition that Iwata was appointed as its president.[2] Iwata was president of HAL from 1993 and 2000, and he would later go on to become Nintendo's fourth president.

Games Developed


Screenshots from games HAL Laboratory has been involved with.

Nintendo Entertainment System

Famicom Disk System

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Boy

Nintendo 64

Game Boy Color

Nintendo GameCube

Game Boy Advance

Nintendo DS


Nintendo 3DS

Wii U

Nintendo Switch


  1. "Why Does HAL Laboratory Only Make Nintendo Games?" - Vice
  2. Iwata - Shmupulations
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