First purple puzzle pieces show up on 3DS Puzzle Swap Quest - and we've got 'em

If you have a 3DS and access to anyone else who has one, you're probably addicted to collecting puzzle pieces. For the uninitiated, every time you 'StreetPass' someone, you get to copy one panel that they have and you don't, until you've made several gorgeous 3D pictures. However, since the recent update that added new panels to collect, there's been a problem - purple panels. Panels you can't find through normal means. Dun dun duuun!

Annoying, right? You can, for example, collect all the pieces around the outside of the Donkey Kong Country Returns pic, leaving a big purple hole where DK's face should be. The 3DS merely tells you they'll be made available at a later time. But look what we've got!

Above: Alright! That's more like it. We hate incomplete things, just like

How did this happen? Turns out employees of Nintendo Europe already have some of the purple pieces! And the panels DO work through StreetPass, meaning if you meet them (or anyone who has), you can take them. So when some game journos visited Nintendo in Germany recently, they picked up 10 of 'em. They told two friends, and they told their friends, and so on, and so on, and so on. You know how these things work (I'm going to stop these Wayne's World references one day, promise).

The result? Purple panels everywhere! But that's no good to you, right? You want to know how you can get them. Well, Nintendo should be sending some out via SpotPass (the Wi-Fi 'download while you sleep' service) soon. In the mean-time, you can either go to Germany and ask to speak to Nintendo's 3DS department, or you can just go to as many gaming events as possible and hope to meet someone who's got them.

Above: We've got to wait for the rest too, so don't feel too hard done by

Of course, we'll bring our 3DSes to any events we attend, so you might just see us there. Keep watching us on Facebook to see where we'll be.


  • Tantalop - January 16, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Ive had these for a while....are you sure they are rare?
  • mijetman - January 16, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    Damn, I wish I knew that before. I Street Passed someone with a purple puzzle piece (try saying that three times fast) and didn't bother getting it. GARGH!
  • Joco84 - January 16, 2012 3:57 a.m.

    I got the Donkey Kong ones over Christmas, kept meeting a guy on the train to work with them completed. Didn't realise they were "Rare"
  • Squander - January 16, 2012 3:48 a.m.

    haha love it - seriously, this is what makes Gamesradar so charmingly unique! Its because of people like Justin who are pure gamers at heart and value the small things in life!
  • Enaksan - January 16, 2012 3:28 a.m.

    I went to my mates house last night, who also happens to work for Nintendo and he showed me several that he's got. But my damn 3DS had run out of battery!! Next time I'll have 'em...

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