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HAL Laboratory starting to develop mobile games, first title out this fall

Posted on August 21, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Mobile, News

Kirby developer HAL Laboratory announced today that the company has started to develop games for mobile. Tying in with the news, a new “HAL Egg” brand has been created. This label is dedicated specifically for smartphone content and will differ from its past works.

The first mobile game app will be launching this fall featuring a new character. Details about the project will be announced at a later date.

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  • AquaBat

    Boxboy on mobile!
    Eggerland series revival!
    Uh…Shigesato Itoi’s No. 1 Bass Fishing?
    Yeah, that’s all I got.

    • Carlos

      I hope Boxboy doesn’t become a mobile only title, but I wouldn’t be surprised. That was the first title that came to mind when reading the title.

      • awng782

        “The first mobile game app will be launching this fall featuring a new character.”

        • Carlos

          What does that have to do with what I said? Just because the first game is a new character that doesn’t mean down the line it can’t become a mobile game.

          • awng782

            Oh ok. Guess we’ll have to wait for HALs future mobile games to see if Boxboy is relegated to being mobile only. I hope not.

          • Nintendo owns BOXBOY franchise, so no. Or at least not being publish by Hal Laboratory themself (it would be Nintendo).

            About franchises Hal Laboratory still owns, it can be Eggerland. But I think they will create new IPs for mobile market.

          • awng782

            Nintendo themselves could still allow Boxboy to become a mobile-only franchise, but I doubt it.

          • Carlos

            They could still allow them to put out a game. Nintendo themselves have mobile games. If they think they’ll make more money putting it on mobile, they will.

          • Carlos

            Me too.

  • Zeebor

    Wait, so is HAL it’s own publisher again?!

    • Tlink7

      Wasn’t it always?

      • Zeebor

        HAL hasn’t published anything themselves since Iwata was appointed their CEO. They became full a second party studio only then. They could always make their own stuff, but they had already been forced to shutter their international branches by then, and so long as Nintendo got halvesis on the character they would pay for it so HAL went full second-party and has been that way since.

  • Blake Good

    Kirby Tilt ‘n Tumble DX!

    • Jonathan Cromwell

      Why would they use an ip owned by Nintendo?

      • Blake Good

        HAL Laboratory made Kirby, though.

        • AquaBat

          Nintendo maintains joint ownership of the Kirby IP.
          While HAL is free to make other games on other systems, Nintendo is in charge of where Kirby goes.

          Any mobile Kirby game will be made under Nintendo’s label, not HAL Egg. Probably also developed in part by DeNA.

          • Blake Good

            So they would need Nintendo’s permission to make a Kirby mobile game? I would really like to see a remake of Tilt ‘n Tumble or Block Ball.

          • AquaBat

            Not exactly the point, it’s more that a mobile Kirby game wouldn’t be made under this label, but rather under Nintendo’s.

          • Blake Good

            But all Kirby games have been made by “HAL Laboratory”. Even some of the SNES games have the “Halken” label like KSS and KDL3.

          • AquaBat

            Yes, they’re developed by HAL and published and distributed by Nintendo.

            What I’m trying to say is that HAL Egg isn’t going to be responsible for mobile Kirby games. Whether or not HAL in general would be involved with a mobile Kirby game remains to be seen, though they probably would be. However, Kirby on mobile would likely be distributed by Nintendo Co., Ltd., and be on the same mobile store page as Super Mario Run.
            It’s not a matter of “permission”, rather, the branding.

  • Auragar

    Stahp! Mobile is trash!

  • Exposer

    Cooking Kirby mobile, like Cooking Mama, but with Kirby.

    • Jonathan Cromwell

      Nintendo owns Kirby

      • Exposer

        I know, but i tought that they could colaborate and bring a Kirby game to mobile.

  • Justin McQuillen

    normies cant handle this

  • JasonBall

    Wait, they’ll be publishing their own mobile games? Is this a sign of a move away from Nintendo?

    • No this mean nothing. It’s like Game Freak when they are making games for PC and even for Sega like the old times, and they still be close affiliates to Nintendo because of Pokémon franchise.

      Nintendo does not own Hal Laboratory, so I was wondering when they would make something for their own company, so I guess the time has finally came.