|Founded||February 21, 1980|
|First Super Mario game||Golf: Japan Course|
|Latest Super Mario game||Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Current president||Shigefumi Kawase|
HAL Laboratory (HAL Labs for short) is a Japanese game developer partnered with Nintendo. It was founded on February 21, 1980, by a small group of friends who shared the desire to create games; among said group was Satoru Iwata. The group developed games for numerous platforms at first before developing exclusively for Nintendo. The name "HAL" originates from the fictional computer HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as each letter being one letter before "IBM."
HAL Laboratory is most notable for developing the Kirby series, created by ex-employee Masahiro Sakurai; however, the company is also responsible for the Super Smash Bros. series and the EarthBound (Mother) series. HAL Laboratory has also commonly collaborated with other teams within Nintendo.
- Satoru Iwata (moved to Nintendo EAD; President of Nintendo from 2002-2015)
- Masahiro Sakurai (left and formed Sora Ltd.)
List of games
- Golf: Japan Course
- Golf: U.S. Course
- Famicom Grand Prix: F1 Race (with Nintendo EAD)
- Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally (with Nintendo EAD)
- NES Open Tournament Golf (with Nintendo R&D2)
- Super Smash Bros.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Face Raiders
- In Super Smash Bros. Melee, if the player selects the trophy collection and zooms in close enough, the television set to the right reads "HAL Laboratory" on it.
- Casamassina, Matt (March 10, 2005). GDC 2005: Iwata Keynote Transcript. IGN. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- Madden, O. (November 30, 2012). Iwata Explains Where The Name HAL Laboratory Came From. Nintendo Life. Retrieved August 6, 2018.