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As part of an ongoing partnership between Nintendo Co., Ltd and the Louvre Museum in Paris, the most visited art museum in the world, Nintendo will be providing the Louvre with Nintendo 3DS™ systems that will house an exclusive audio guide. The Audio guide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS will become available in the Louvre for visitors to enjoy from 11th April 2012 onwards. With this partnership, Nintendo & the Louvre hope that visitors to the museum will be aided with a tool to deepen their knowledge of art culture in a fun and interactive way.
Developers working at Nintendo Co., Ltd, based in Kyoto, Japan have developed the audio guide which is housed within the Nintendo 3DS system, in order to support the enjoyment and appreciation of the Louvre's exhibits for many of the museum's 8.9 million annual visitors. The audio guide will provide audio and visual tools which will help visitors to understand and deepen their knowledge of the artwork and exhibits in place.
Through utilising the unique functionalities of the Nintendo 3DS system including 3D images and animation, the guide includes an interactive map that allows visitors to see exactly where they are in the museum. It also offers over 700 commentaries on the works of art, providing a fresh perspective on the Louvre's collections and the story behind the building itself. The versatile guide can be tailored to individual tastes and really brings the artwork to life, thanks to commentaries recorded by the museum's curators and lecturers.
Mr Barbaret, Managing Director from the Louvre, comments "I'm particularly pleased that our partnership with Nintendo has taken this new form today, thanks to the new multimedia audio guide on the Nintendo 3DS system. 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. We feel that the Nintendo 3DS is perfect to achieve this goal. Nintendo has brought over 35 years of experience in games and game console development, and we believe that the new audio guide is a valuable tool that will help visiting the Louvre a more dynamic and rewarding experience, particularly for those that are not so familiar with a museum environment."
Mr Satoru Iwata, Global President at Nintendo Co., Ltd, comments "Nintendo is honoured that the Nintendo 3DS console will be able to support and provide this exclusive audio guide to such a renowned and popular art museum. Nintendo's experience within the development of games that can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age and gender, has been utilised with the aim that visitors to the Louvre museum will have further enriched opportunities to experience the exhibits on offer."
Features of the Audioguide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS
The self-guided tour
This includes over 700 audio commentaries and photos, many in high definition. With simple and engaging explanations, specialists from the Louvre give visitors background information to help them understand the works on display.
The essential works
This is a selection of major works of art highlighted on the interactive map, to ensure visitors don't miss the museum's most important pieces. Visitors can create their own itinerary through the museum to discover the pieces they want to see.
Tours to help discover the museum
There is a choice of two themed tours, specially devised for those visiting the Louvre for the first time. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes:
-- "Masterpieces" tour - This tour allows visitors to discover or
rediscover the museum's most famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa by
Leonardo da Vinci, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of
Samothrace, guided step by step through some of the Louvre's most
-- "Egypt for all the family" tour (coming soon) - Humorous and
informative, this tour brings to life the Egyptian people and the area
around the River Nile, the work of the peasants and craftsmen and the
power of the pharaohs. Visitors are encouraged to observe in more detail
and make sense of the objects on display. To test their knowledge they
are quizzed with multimedia games throughout the visit.
Adapted tour (coming soon)
Commentaries accessible to disabled visitors: the hearing impaired can access a video-guided tour in French sign language which focuses on the Louvre's major works. Visitors with visual impairment are able to visit the special touch gallery.
Audio guide visits of the temporary exhibition
Up until 25th June 2012, discover the mysterious secrets revealed in the exhibition "The Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci's Ultimate Masterpiece", with explanations by Vincent Delieuvin, head of the Louvre's paintings department and curator of the exhibition.
An innovative location function
Housed in a huge building, with collections spread over three wings and four floors, finding your way in the museum can be daunting for some visitors. With the support of Nintendo's location estimation technology, you no longer have an excuse for getting lost in one of the world's largest museums. The new audio guide allows visitors to see where they are at any moment on the museum map. With the dual screens of the Nintendo 3DS, you can visualise the main map of the floor you are on, and your exact position.
3D without glasses
Interactive animations, 3D models of major works, 3D images of the museum spaces... Perhaps you'd love to be able to see the back of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, but can't get round the statue because it's placed against a wall. With 3D technology, admire the works of art from every angle!
Many high definition photos accompany the commentaries, helping you identify each object and access additional information. Use the HD zoom and see the rich detail of each piece: investigate the landscape behind the Mona Lisa, attempt to recognize the characters portrayed in The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon (by Jacques-Louis David), and admire the architecture shown in The Wedding Feast at Cana (by Veronese).
Nintendo 3DS pioneers the next dimensional shift in technology - bringing portable entertainment and content in 3D without the need for special glasses. To discover the unique experience the Audioguide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS offers, visit the Louvre Museum from 11th April 2012.
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Renting the Audioguide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS
You can rent the Audioguide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS at the museum's ticket desks and automatic vending machines. You'll be given a voucher to exchange for an audioguide at the audioguide serving counters.
Four counters are available for picking up your audio guide: under the Pyramid, near the group reception area, and on the mezzanines at the top of the escalators leading to the three main entrances of the museum (Denon, Sully, and Richelieu).
-- Full rate: 5 EUR (compared to 6 EUR for the previous audioguide)
-- Under-18s: 3 EUR
-- Disabled, unemployed, minimum income visitors: 3 EUR
-- Special offer on Fridays from 6pm onwards for those aged 18-25: an extra
guide for each one rented.
These rates give access to commentaries for both the main collections and
the temporary exhibition.
-- Available in seven languages: French, English, German, Korean, Spanish,
Italian, Japanese. A version in French sign language will also be
The Louvre - Nintendo 3DS Audioguide has been developed with the aid of Nintendo.
Louvre: Tel. +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17 - www.louvre.fr/en.
About Nintendo 3DS:
Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokemon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe. www.Nintendo-europe.com.
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