|HAL Laboratory, Inc.|
|Founded||February 21, 1980|
|Key people||Satoru Iwata (former president), Masahiro Sakurai (former employee)|
|Industry||Video game industry|
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. Its name comes from the HAL 9000 computer in the novel & film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The company is most famous for creating Kirby and the Kirby series, as well as the Super Smash Bros. series. HAL Laboratory is a second-party development studio of Nintendo.
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. series and now leads his own company, Sora Ltd.
- Wikipedia's HAL Laboratory article
- HAL Laboratory, Inc (Japanese)
- IGN page
- N-Sider page (HAL Laboratory company profile)