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Puzzle Swap
is a pre-installed game in StreetPass Mii Plaza.

Plot

In Puzzle Swap, the choosen Mii is a traveler that can can collect puzzle pieces either by passing by other 3DS users or by using Play Coins. For 2 Play Coins, the user can obtain a single puzzle piece, and although the piece is not guaranteed to be new, it is guaranteed to be from an incomplete panel.

There are several puzzles available in the game that focus on famous Nintendo characters such as Mario, Yoshi, Samus Aran, Link, Kirby, Pikmin, Donkey Kong, Fox McCloud, Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem, and Pit from Kid Icarus.

When Puzzle Swap is first started, a random starting puzzle piece is given to the user. The first puzzle varies for each user, and it is unclear how this puzzle is determined, though there are indications that it is determined by region. The only way to start a new puzzle after receiving your first piece is to pass by other 3DS owners who will send puzzle pieces from their puzzle boards.

During the December 2011 update, the number of pieces in some puzzles have increased. For example, the Rhythm Heaven Fever puzzle has 24 pieces instead of 15, like the original 7 puzzles. The Super Mario 3D Land puzzle has 40. Also, the pink pieces are different from normal pieces in that they can only be acquired through StreetPass. If a new user begins playing Puzzle Swap after the update including the pink puzzle pieces, they can receive a pink puzzle piece as their first piece and can they distribute it to others.

It is possible to restart Puzzle Swap to receive pink pieces as well;however, as this requires resetting the Puzzle Swap progress, this method would take a considerable amount of time (especially when factoring in the far more likely result of receiving a regular puzzle piece) and would require a second 3DS - one to generate the random pieces and one to collect all the pieces.

The number of pink pieces varies with the size of the puzzle from four in a 24 piece puzzle and up to eight for a 40 piece puzzle. A new update occurred late February, opening up several new puzzles. Only Kid Icarus: Uprising was the first puzzle to be revealed. On April 21, 2012, an update was pushed that opened a puzzle for Mario Tennis Open and Fire Emblem: Awakening, though only Mario Tennis Open was released internationally. As of the August 2012, several more puzzles have been released into the public to coincide with the release of other games (Kirby's 20th Aniversary, New Super Mario Bros. 2). In early August of 2012, a McDonald's Puzzle was given to 3DS owners who visited a McDonalds in Japan for a limited time. This marks the first instance of a non nintendo video game related puzzle. There was also a puzzle released in Japan called ANAでDS that was released at three airports in Japan.

On December 18, 2013, Satoru Iwata announced a new puzzle for Monster Hunter 4. This is the first third party game to be given a Puzzle Swap puzzle. 

Play Coins

For two Play Coins, a player can receive a random blue puzzle piece of a panel that they have started. It is possible, and over time becomes increasingly likely, that the puzzle piece will be a duplicate of an already-collected piece, resulting in a null-gain. However, once a panel is complete, it is no longer able to receive a random piece to it, thereby increasing the odds of getting a new piece via Play Coins. Pink pieces and completed panels can therefore be considered "Locked," or "Fixed."

For example, a player with 400/1000 puzzle pieces may appear to have a %60 chance of getting a new piece. However, if those pieces included all available pink pieces, as well as completed panels, resulting in 200 "Locked" pieces, then the real odds would take those 200 out of consideration, resulting in a fraction of 200/800, or a %75 chance of getting a new piece. As such, it may benefit some players to first finish nearly-completed puzzles via StreetPass before putting in a siginificant investment of Play Coins.

Good news is that it doesn't seem possible to obtain a Blue Panel from a puzzle that has all its Blue Panels already. As such, if you are missing just a few Pink Panels from the puzzle, it is still not going to give you any redundant Blue Panels.Moreover, it could be worth your effort to specifically work on finishing puzzles (or at least their Blue Panels) before moving onto working on another puzzle.

List of puzzles

The following are a list of confirmed puzzles in Puzzle Swap. They are listed in the order they appear in the game.

(*) Hover the mouse over the name to show the European title

# Puzzle Name Release Date Regions Released
1. Metroid: Other M Pre-Installed Internationally
2. Mario and Bowser Pre-Installed Internationally
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Pre-Installed Internationally
4. The Legend of Zelda Pre-Installed Internationally
5. Kirby's Dream Land Pre-Installed Internationally
6. Pikmin Pre-Installed Internationally
7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii Pre-Installed Internationally
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 2011 Spotpass Update: December Internationally
9. Star Fox 64 3D 2011 Spotpass Update: December Internationally
10. Super Mario 3D Land 2011 Spotpass Update: December Internationally
11. Mario Kart 7 2011 Spotpass Update: December Internationally
12. Rhythm Heaven Fever* 2011 Spotpass Update: December Internationally
13. Donkey Kong Country Returns 2011 Spotpass Update: December Internationally
14. Pilotwings Resort 2011 Spotpass Update: December Internationally
15. Kid Icarus: Uprising

2012 Spotpass Update: February

Internationally
16. Fire Emblem Awakening*

Spotpass Updates: April 2012, January & April 2013

Japan, America & Europe
17. Mario Tennis Open 2012 Spotpass Update: April Internationally
18. Kirby's 20th Aniversary 2012 Spotpass Update: July Internationally
19. Brain Age: Concentration Training Spotpass Update: July 2012 & February 2013 Japan, America & Korea
20. ANAでDS 2012 Spotpass Event: July-September Japan
21. マックでDS ビッグマック 2012 Spotpass Event: August-September Japan
22. New Super Mario Bros. 2 2012 Spotpass Update: August Internationally
23. Kirby's Return to Dreamland* 2012 Spotpass Update: November

Internationally

24. Animal Crossing: New Leaf Spotpass Update: November 2012 & May 2013 Internationally
25. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon* 2013 Spotpass Update: March Internationally
26. Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger 2013 Spotpass Update: May & June Internationally
27. Nintendo Starlets* 2013 Spotpass Update: June & July Internationally
28. Xenoblade Chronicles 2013 Spotpass Update: June & July Internationally
29.

New SUPER MARIO BROS. U + New SUPER LUIGI U

2013 Spotpass Update: June & July Japan, America & Europe
30. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 2013 Spotpass Update: June & July

Internationally

31. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team* 2013 Spotpass Update: July Internationally
32. Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder Spotpass Update: August 2013 & January 2014 Japan & America
33. だるめしスポーツ店 (Japanese Variant of Rusty's Real Deal Baseball) 2013 Spotpass Update: September Japan
34. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y 2013 Spotpass Update: October Internationally
35. Monster Hunter 4 2013 Spotpass Update: December Japan & Korea
36. Kirby: Triple Deluxe Spotpass Update: December 2013 & May 2014 Internationally
37. SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD 2014 Spotpass Update: February Internationally
38. YOSHI'S New ISLAND 2014 Spotpass Update: March & July Japan, America & Europe
39. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball 2014 Spotpass Update: April America
40. 달구네 스포츠 야구편 2014 Spotpass Update: May Korea
41. Nintendo Pocket Football Club 2014 Spotpass Update: June Japan & Europe
42. Mega Man 2014 Spotpass Update: July & August Japan, America & Europe
43. Kirby Fighters Deluxe/Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe 2014 Spotpass Update: July & August Japan & America
44. Daigasso! Band Brothers P 2014 Spotpass Update: August Japan
45. Fantasy Life 2014 Spotpass Update: October America & Europe
15 panel 24 panel 40 panel

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Trivia

  • Puzzle Swap is the only plaza game to not have an actual storyline

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