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Nintendo 3DS to be used at Louvre museum as guidance system

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The Louvre museum is implementing the use of Nintendo 3DS consoles to guide visitors around the building.

Nintendo has received an order for 5,000 of the devices from the Paris gallery, which will use them in place of traditional audio-guides.

The 3DS will show museum-goers exactly where they are through a stereoscopic 3D map. Recorded commentaries will also play through the handheld's headphones.

"Digital development has become a strategic issue for museums," said the Louvre's director Henri Loyrette. "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."

Nintendo has developed software content for the initiative, though the Louvre has maintained editorial control, AFP reports.

The Louvre will introduce its 3DS guidance system in March, 2012.

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