Famous for the development of Kirby and Super Smash Bros, HAL Laboratory is one of best known of Nintendo’s affiliate companies. While they aren’t traditionally known for helping develop Nintendo’s consoles, it seems they worked on several key parts of the Switch’s UI. HAL helped Nintendo by developing the system’s Mii Maker and the web browser, as well as certain development tools. The developer recently released a picture of the 32 staff members who helped with the Switch. It’s nice to see HAL helping out Nintendo once again, the company being a long time ally of the developer.


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    • I think there are no Kirby icons because Kirby is 2nd-party (like Pokemon and the MOTHER series- notice the lack of Pokemon and MOTHER icons as well). Nintendo doesn’t fully own those characters, and so can’t use them, whereas they can use characters like Mario, Link, Zelda, Fox McCloud, Samus, Inklings, and Donkey Kong all they want because they own them.

      It’s the same reason you never see Kirby, Pokemon, or MOTHER microgames in the WarioWare series.


  1. Hopefully it won’t be too long until they have a game on Switch. I imagine something for Kirby’s anniversary.

    Personally I wish they’d take up Kid Icarus as well. They’d be perfect if Sakurai isn’t going to make another.


  2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!}

    No wonder Mii Maker isn’t as trashy as it was on Wii & Wii U with limited colors for hair & eyes! Leave it to a 3rd or 2nd party to do better than what Nintendo does with customization options. Now if only they were allowed to give us more dye colors in Breath of the Wild. I’ll take a dye that turns my Soldier Armor set’s metal gold while turning the cloth either royal purple or bright red. Better yet. How about some free DLC that gives us a Royal Armor set for Link with the metal parts already gold!?


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