HAL celebrates its 39th anniversary, aims to 'deliver new surprises and fun' to fans this year

Here's something to make long-time Nintendo fans feel super old. Today HAL is celebrating its 39th anniversary! The company kicked things off all the way back in Feb. 1980, and they're still going strong today! To celebrate the special event, HAL has released a special BOXBOY! comic strip!

Title: 39th anniversary this year!

Panel 1

Qbby: Hey! Today’s BoxBoy’s 39th Anniversary!

Panel 2

Qudy: That’s wrong! HAL Laboratory has turned 39 today!

Panel 3

Qbby: 39th Qbby Anniversary…

Qudy: This is too absurd…

Panel 4

Qbby and Qudy: Thank you 39th Anniversary!

HAL: Please treat us well from here on!

HAL also took a moment to share a special message with all the fans they've gained over the years.

“All of our employees will try our best to deliver new surprises and fun in the coming year”

Categories: General News


Thu Feb 21 19 06:36am
Rating: 2

Iwata would be very proud. Go, HAL!

Lois would be so proud. 😋😋

I hope one of the new surprises is an honest-to-God 3D Kirby platformer and not another Kumazaki sidescroller.

Fri Feb 22 19 09:11pm
(Updated 1 time)

What do you dislike about Kumazaki's stuff? I'm pretty behind on Kirby -- last one I played was Mass Attack -- but the general consensus seems to be that his work has been thus far pretty solid.

Thu Feb 28 19 12:35am
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I like his work, particularly Return to Dream Land and Planet Robobot, but the formula is starting to get stale. It's quite obvious that it's running on the groundwork of Super Star Ultra with an added gimmick per entry (Super Abilities, Hypernova, Robobot Armor, Allies). Arguably I'd say Robobot was the most successful of these attempts because they let the player have agency by using them as power-ups throughout a level that you can bring along with. Conversely, the Super Ability, Hypernova and Friend Ability segments from the other games from that were always just cinematic setpieces with linear puzzle solving. If they end up doing yet another 2D Kirby sidescroller in the same vein they are going to have to really think out of the box if they want to impress me, because it seems they have exhausted all other avenues. That is why I'd rather they just bite the pillow and go 3D already. They're not being coy here, they made Kirby's Blowout Blast after all..

I can't wait for them to surprise fans by releasing yet another Kirby sidescroller that plays exactly the same as the last three with an annoying gimmick that breaks up the gameplay. Only Robobot has avoided this pitfall by having a pretty fun "super" power in the robot.

I'm sick as hell of Kirby. Please do something interesting with him.

The lore of the HAL logo has always interested me. Did that dog lay those eggs or is it just taking care of them while their real parents are away?


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