The Louvre is probably one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. It proudly displays works such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. So what does the 3DS have to do with it? As you may have guessed, the Louvre has replaced all of their audio guides with specially programmed 3DS systems. Hit the jump for more information!

If you’ve ever been to a museum before, you may have noticed the option to use an audio guide to walk you through the museum and describe the artwork while you admire it. This allows the visitor to understand more about the pieces than you would know just by looking at it, but the Louvre reported that only 4% of its 8.5 million visitors used the old audio guides. The switch to the 3DS was to encourage a wider variety of audiences, those already familiar with the touchscreen apparatus, to use the guides.

The 5,000 3DS systems currently in use a the Louvre are programmed by Nintendo, however the museum had the final say with regards to the interface and design. Some of the functions of the 3DS guides include audio notes about the piece, a 3D view of the sculptures, and a map of the museum layout to assist the visitor in finding their way around the expansive exhibits. A promotional video shows these features in action:

Additionally, screenshots of the Louvre 3DS systems can be seen at Nintendo Everything here.

To celebrate this event, Shigeru Miyamoto, renowned creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, visited the Louvre and used the new 3DS guide. Dutch website Gamer.nl was able to interview Miyamoto and show him using the 3DS in the museum. Although the video is in Dutch, you can watch the interview with Miyamoto here.

If you’ve read other websites’ articles on this, you may have noticed some controversy surrounding the Louvre’s switch to the 3DS guides. There are claims that this is just a product placement for Nintendo and the 3D model viewing of a sculpture defeats the purpose of going to the museum. While the former may be true, there are benefits of the 3D view, such as the ability to see all sides of a sculpture that is backed against a wall. But whatever the additional feature the 3DS may incorporate, it still includes the simple audio guide in an easy to use interface that perhaps more people will feel comfortable using. 

What do you think about the 3DS systems in the Louvre? What about the controversy that follows it? Tell us in the comments below!

Sources: YouTube (via Kotaku), Nintendo Everything, Gamer.nl (via GoNintendo)

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