3DS assuming tour duties at the Louvre museum

Nintendo has inked a deal with operators of the Louvre museum in Paris to swap out existing audio guide devices for 3DS systems. According to tech blog PhysOrg.com, the partnership will see Nintendo provide 5,000 3DS units pre-loaded with content that will allow Louvre visitors to better navigate the 652,000 square foot facility, embark on themed tours for all ages, and listen to recorded history lessons on many of the 35,000 art pieces on display.

Louvre officials believe installing Nintendo's three-dimensional handheld will make the museum more appealing to tech-savvy tourists, and give its estimated 8.5 million yearly visitors a more hands on experience.

“Digital development has become a strategic issue for museums,” said the Louvre's director Henri Loyrette in a statement to press, adding, “People's habits have changed. But that offers us a huge opportunity to extend the museum's territory, and build a lasting relationship with our visitors.”

The installation of the 3DS is just one of many tech upgrades coming to the Louvre. Enhanced iPad and smartphone applications are also in development.