Attached to this post is an image I found. I found the pic on a blog at IGN blogs by just a normal user (who claimed to have seen it elsewhere on the internet, but didn't say where). So I have no idea what the source is. He says that it is from a newspaper in Japan (no idea which) that accidentally leaked that there are 48 characters in Brawl. However, he doesn't speak Japanese (nor do I) so he can't be sure. I have no idea if this is fake or not. I can make out the number 25 (number of characters in Smash Bros Melee) right before the 48... Anyone who speaks Japanese want to give it a shot and tell us what is on it? There's really no way to know if it's real or a faked shot though. Maybe there's an indication of the magazine name on there somewhere. EDIT: Tracked down the source, as far as I can tell. It originated on GameFAQs. http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/genmessage.php?board=928518&topic=40874457 From the thread: No one has confirmed it yet.