Thanks to an unlikely partnership between Japanese gaming company Nintendo and the Louvre Museum in Paris, navigating the gargantuan art museum should now be a bit easier for tourists.
On April 11, the Louvre replaced its previous audio tour system with a new batch of Nintendo 3DS devices preloaded with 700 commentaries on works of art at the museum, as well as an interactive map that helps users figure out where they are in the museum, and how to get to the next piece of art they want to check out.
The new guides are designed to reach out to the Louvre's young and international customer base. Last year, the museum had 8.9 million visitors -- more than half of them under the age of 30 and two thirds of them foreign.
"Through this partnership, we wanted to bring together heritage and the innovative world of interactive entertainment through a system many people are already familiar with," Herve Barbaret, managing director of the Louvre, said in a statement. "We feel that the Nintendo 3DS is perfect to achieve this goal."
The Nintendo 3DS is a hand-held device about the size of a smartphone that has two screens -- a 3-D screen on the top and a touch screen on the bottom.