Where were you when you learned that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had passed away? Myself, I was with fellow USgamer editor Bob Mackey, recording an episode of Retronauts.
As promised during that episode, we've circled back around to explore the history of HAL in greater depth. After all, it was Iwata's formative work with HAL — he joined as the company's third employee — that brought him into Nintendo's orbit in the first place. And even now, after all these years, HAL remains practically a second party to Nintendo. There's surprisingly little in the way of comprehensive histories of the company out one the web, so much of this was cobbled together from Iwata's own conversations and bits of info we've picked up over the years. This isn't a perfect historical survey, but hopefully it should help paint a picture of precisely what makes the studio so remarkable, and what a key role Iwata played.
Joining us for this episode we have regular guests Christian Nutt and Henry Gilbert, who help us fill in the gaps and share their own personal experiences with HAL creations both classic (e.g. EarthBound, Adventures of Lolo, Arcana) and current (Box Boy, everything Kirby).
Jeremy, Bob, Henry Gilbert, and Christian Nutt convene to look back at the history of HAL Laboratories in tribute to the late Satoru Iwata.
Music in this episode comes from various HAL creations throughout the years. If you don't recogize it, you haven't been playing enough games by HAL!