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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 11, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Nintendo partners with the Louvre

    Ciara O'Brien

    If you visit the Louvre museum these days, you might be surprised to see a new addition – the Nintendo 3DS.

    Nintendo’s handheld 3D-enabled games system is now being used for an interactive guide to the museum and its exhibits.

    Almost 9 million people visit the famous museum every year. The 3DS multimedia guide, which you can rent for €5, will provide an interactive map, more than 700 commentaries on the artwork, and 3D images and animation. Commentaries have been recorded by the museum’s curators and lecturers to give visitors background details on the different exhibits.

    Your options range from the self-guided tour and essential works to themed tours such as ‘Masterpieces’ and the upcoming ‘Egypt for all the family’. Also in the works is an adapted tour, with video-guided French sign language tours of the Louvre’s major works, and a special touch gallery for the visually impaired.

    And if you get a little lost, the guide will allow you to pinpoint your location on the map.