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HAL Laboratory developed various parts of Switch

Posted on April 2, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

HAL Laboratory isn’t traditionally associated with working directly on Nintendo hardware. Fans are likely more aware of the company for having worked on the Kirby and Smash Bros. franchises, among many other titles.

For Switch though, HAL was directly involved with the hardware’s creation. They developed the following parts of the system:

– Web browser component
– Mii library
– Game development environments
– Game development tools

The Web browser components are used for following parts:

– Connect Switch to a Nintendo Account
– eShop
– Posting screenshots to SNS
– And more

Those who are in the photo below are the actual staffers who joined in during development. 32 people in total are pictured.


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  • GoldenTriforce

    Really cool to seeing the people involved in development.

  • hoteltuesday

    So are they the ones who decided that credit card information has to be provided every single time you order something from the eShop? -__-

    • Thomas Knapp

      Considering how easy it has proven for that financial information to be cracked open (and the liabilities that come of it), I can certainly understand why a company wouldn’t want any part of having that information stored on their property.

      • hoteltuesday

        But as a “company,” Nintendo seems to not mind storing information… They store credit card info on both the 3DS and Wii U. That’s why it feels strange that the Switch doesn’t do the same.

    • amak11

      Why save your credit card info? The only site i trust with mine is amazon and that’s only a SLIGHT trust

    • FutureFox

      I’ll type yours in for you ; )

    • JoeMal

      It’s annoying, but a reasonable move to avoid liability and decrease the chance your payment information will be compromised.

      You can add funds to your eShop wallet though if you want. Not perfect, but still an option to not have to enter your card info each time.

  • HeatPhoenix

    HAL Lab worked on the eReader, so I’m not convinced on that “HAL Laboratory isn’t traditionally associated with working directly on Nintendo hardware” statement.

    • FutureFox

      Traditionally I think implies they do but its very rare.

  • Andree Garcia
  • GoldenTriforce

    Oh also HAL has worked on “hardware” in the past, they, like Intelligent Systems, create development kits for Nintendo consoles.

  • Zyblorg

    So where’s the Switch’s HAL Room?

    • Velen (Not WoW)


      • Zyblorg

        Typically the last part of a HAL Laboratory game is The HAL Room where that name can be seen. A good example of this is the last puzzle in Box Boy, where the solution reveals the word HAL.

        I was jokingly referring to some part of the Switch itself having that.

  • ErikFossum

    None of these things are hardware related.

  • Justin McQuillen

    This isn’t new, HAL has had this sort of relationship with Nintendo since the 80’s. Ever notice how NES games made by Nintendo are often solid and without many serious programming bugs? That was HAL. That’s the reason they partnered with Nintendo in the first place, to help with quality control in the software programming department.

  • DeltaPeng

    HAL’s a cool company. Keep it up team!

  • Kaine Morrison

    Hal Labs without Iwata-san… !

  • HAL’s history and resume are so very impressive