Back in 2012, Nintendo partnered with the world’s most acclaimed art museum, the Louvre in Paris, to create an interactive tour that visitors could experience on 3DS consoles available to rent at the museum. On December 2, this software will soon be getting an eShop release including additional content as well as updates to match the museum’s changing exhibits.
For $19.99, gamers/art aficionados will get a truly impressive collection of artwork including over 1000 images of the museum and its collection with more than 400 of them being in free. Complementing this collection, and educating those viewing it, is 30 hours of commentary going over the masterpieces on screen. And as is stated earlier, this collection will be updated along with the museum’s actual collection.
In all sincerity, I think this is quite possibly one of the coolest things ever to be done on a video game system. I might never have been to the Louvre myself and by no means am I an art snob, but I can easily appreciate how incredible something like this program could be. Many people will never have the opportunity to see collections of art even an iota as impressive as the Louvre has to offer, so this program could potentially offer an unprecedented experience for the tens of millions of 3DS owners to get a taste of, and be inspired by some of the greatest works and accomplishments in the entirety of human history. Not to mention, I can’t help but imagine that the overall cost for getting to, and staying in Paris would probably be a lot more than $19.99.