Okay, so it’s not Nintendo, exactly. It’s just a game that looks a whole lot like Nintendo by the makers of Nintendo.
Musée du Louvre officials have decided to bring the old art museum into the 21st century with their new hand-held devices that help guide visitors around the palace. They’ve gotten rid of the old-school headsets that tell the history of the art pieces in favor of a small screen that provides 35 hours of audio content alongside images and maps.
If you have to get to the Mona Lisa ASAP, this is your device. It’ll help navigate you around the 34,999 other pieces of art work in the Lourve, guiding you to the exact right spot.
Image: Marcel Perrin/Musee du Louvre
Naturally, it wasn’t initially the Louvre’s idea to bring in computer games to their traditional art fortress. It was actually Nintendo’s chief games designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, who came up with the idea, according to the Daily Mail. It seems he got lost when he visited the museum, and thought he could make a program to help fix the problem.
This computer fun does not come with the ticket price; it costs an extra 5 Euros on top of the entrance price.
Although this system does seem really helpful, there is something to be said for wondering around a museum like the Louvre and getting lost in all the rooms – it’s all part of the experience!