HAL Laboratory

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The current company logo, depicting a dog incubating several eggs.

HAL Laboratory, Inc. (also known as HAL Labs and previously HALKEN) is a Japanese subsidiary of Nintendo that was originally formed from a small group of friends who shared the desire to create video games. [citation needed]

The corporate logo depicts a dog similar to a dachshund incubating several eggs. According to a 2003 Nintendo Power interview about Kirby Air Ride, producer Masayoshi Tanimura notes that the dog (referred to as the Dream Hatcher) is a fictional creation and that the team do not think of the dog as a dachshund. Tanimura explains that the logo represents deep thought into "incubating completely new ideas that eventually hatch into incredibly fun games".[1]

Among the assembly who created HAL Laboratory is Satoru Iwata, the current president of Nintendo of Japan. HAL Laboratory's overall status is similar to Intelligent Systems, in that they are both a branch of Nintendo, and both create video games only for Nintendo. Among their many creations are the Kirby series and Super Smash Bros. series.

HAL Laboratory are not to be confused with HAL Corporation, a company that split apart from HAL Laboratory after a financial crisis. The result was that HAL Laboratory became a branch of Nintendo and HAL Corporation eventually closed in 2002. HAL Corporation worked on various games such as HAL Wrestling and Eggerland for Windows computers.[2]

Video Game Series produced by HAL

HAL was also involved in the creation and/or localization of Earthbound, Sim City 2000, various Pokémon spin-off titles, and others. They have also worked on hardware for Nintendo, including for their most recent console, the Nintendo Switch.


  • The name "HAL" is used because each letter is one before those of IBM. This in turn was based off the fictional HAL 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Halcandra, the Halberd and the Haltmann Works Company may be named after HAL Laboratory.
  • In some Kirby games, hidden HAL Room's can be found.

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