A Puzzle Piece as seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns
|First Appearance||Donkey Kong Country Returns|
|Location||Hiding in different areas of each stage|
|Features||Unlocks bonus art galleries, music galleries, and dioramas|
The Puzzle Piece is a brand new item introduced in the Donkey Kong Country series which first appeared in Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Nintendo Wii. It is a very special and illusive item that can be collected in order to unlock various bonus features in the game. These include eight different art galleries with ten different pieces of featured concept art, eight different music galleries with ten different tracks featured in each, and eight different diorama galleries with ten models featured in each.
There are up to 5 to 9 Puzzle Pieces which can be found in each stage of each level. Due to their importance, these items are obviously hidden quite well with changing difficulties depending on which stage you're on.
This new and slightly out-of-place item is more than likely a reference to the Banjo Kazooie series, a franchise created by Rareware, the company that collaborated with Nintendo in order to create the wildly successful Donkey Kong Country series.