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Smash Bros. Brawl spoilers emerge

Early Japanese retail copies to blame.

Early copies of Super Smash Bros. Brawl going on sale in Japan have resulted in floods of spoilers making their way onto the Internet.

They revolve around previously unmentioned characters, bosses and stages. Best look away now if you want all this to be a surprise when the game comes out here in Q2 2008.

The new characters cropping up in footage are Luigi, Lucario, Cartoon Link, Captain Falcon, Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B., Ness, Marth, Falco, Ganondorf and Jigglypuff. It is unclear how you will gain access to these.

Fresh boss sightings include Ridley, Master Hand, something called Tabuu and some big robots.

Stages we didn't previously know about are Classic Mario Bros., Sonic Green Hill Zone, F-Zero Port Town, Luigi Mansion and Electroplankton.

Other snaps of note show an enormous Diddy Kong and Zelda, both of whom look a trifle annoyed, and a quick picture of everyone together probably singing songs and holding hands.

Pop over to US blog Joystiq for the relevant pictures and a video with lots of game-spoiling footage.

Or you can get excited by the opening cinematic we hoisted up on Eurogamer TV recently.

If you are trying to import Smash Bros. Brawl, good luck - Japanese retailers are having trouble meeting local demand as it is.