Post by Blueberry_pie on Oct 21, 2004 2:27:56 GMT -5
I'd say second party, though I'm not quite sure... Wasn't there a topic on these forums about first and second parties? I'll try to look that up; if I remember correctly, that topic had a whole list...
It depends on what you classify as a second-party. If you think a second party is partially financed (eg. Rare, Silicon Knights) or wholly financed (eg. Retro Studios, Brownie Brown) by Nintendo... then no, HAL Laboratory is not a second-party company any more than Hudson Soft or Capcom.
If you consider a second party to be a company whose entire catalogue of recent years has been published by Nintendo, and whose devotion to the console seems to be strengthened by internal staff links (like the executive producer at one being an ex-marketing director of the other) then yes, HAL would count as a second party.
From what I can gather, though, the official "Second Party" line refers to financial arrangements and not devotion/publishing.