Masahiro Sakurai wanted to make his game as original as possible as he was under the impression that fighting games did not sell well. For this reason, he wanted to use Nintendo brand characters for the game, but likely could not get permission as he was assigned with HAL Laboratories. Sakurai developed a prototype of the game without consent or awareness from Nintendo and did not reveal the prototype to Nintendo until he was sure the game was well-balanced. Nintendo ultimately approved his idea.
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