Unlike most museums housing and preserving beautiful pieces of history, The Louvre doesn't really have a problem attracting visitors. Helping them navigate through the once-kingly halls and find the artwork they actually want to see, well, it could do with some updating. And that's exactly what they plan to do with 5,000 Nintendo 3DS systems designed specifically for the international landmark.
Gradually replacing the outdating audio tour system over the next few years, the new 3DS guides will help patrons find information about the art, navigate maps, and even plan out their route through the sprawling floors. This change comes after museum officials decided to specifically target more tech savvy art fans. New smartphone and iPad apps have also been designed for patrons preferring their own digital whozeywhatsits.
This move with Nintendo might seem odd to anyone that has been inside The Louvre in the last few years, namely because there is an Apple Store inside the museum. (There's also now one inside Grand Central Station if you'd like to be outraged about the defacing of an American landmark.) Expect Nintendo executives to lord this over the heads of Apple execs at their we're-the-richest-people-in-the-world parties.