Nintendo 3DS Guide Louvre

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The Louvre in the comfort of your home!

Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre is a piece of software designed for visitors to the Louvre Museum in France. This piece of downloadable software allows you to enjoy the Nintendo 3DS audio guide that is used in the museum itself in the comfort of your own home.

The software can be used in all sorts of ways: simulate your route around the museum before visiting, or simply use it as a starting point for developing a deeper appreciation of art.

Take a virtual tour of the Louvre

Wonderful photographs and audio commentaries allow you to appreciate the Louvre’s artworks at your own pace. Use the floor maps provided to find your way around the museum, and even take a virtual tour of the Louvre’s enormous exhibition spaces. The software also includes 3D models and high-resolution images of certain artworks, making it an enjoyable experience that’s only available on Nintendo 3DS!

  • Over 600 photographs of artworks
  • 30+ hours of audio commentary
  • More than 400 photographs of the museum's rooms

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See what Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre can teach you by selecting the tabs above.

Important note: In order to use this software, you must have performed system update 4.1.0 or a more recent update on your Nintendo 3DS. You can find details on how to check your system update version and perform a quick and easy system update at the System Updates section on our support site.

* This software is exclusively for use on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS. It cannot be used on Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, Nintendo DS Lite or Nintendo DS systems.

* This software can be purchased via the Nintendo eShop when the Nintendo 3DS system is connected to the Internet.

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* 1.8GB (14,395 blocks) or more of free memory space is required in order to store this software on your console. Because of space occupied by pre-installed software etc., this software cannot be downloaded onto a 2GB SD card. Software updates will increase the amount of memory required by the software. Please refer to Support Information for more details on how to increase SD card storage space.

* You can only appreciate the 3D effect of Nintendo 3DS on the system itself. All screenshots and footage on this site as captured in 2D mode.

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Around the Louvre

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Study the floor plans and visit the rooms that interest you, or simply follow one of the recommended trails around the museum. This software contains 3D recreations of over 400 rooms, allowing you to take a virtual tour around the Louvre.

Recommended trails

Explore a number of recommended trails around the Louvre, carefully curated by expert staff to introduce you to the magic of the museum’s artworks.

Create your own original trails

Create your own trail around the Louvre by selecting a number of its recommended artworks. The software will guide you around your selected artworks in the shortest possible amount of time.


Museum Mode

When you’re actually inside the Louvre Museum itself, using Museum Mode allows you to enjoy the Louvre’s official audio commentary. Explore the entire museum without getting lost by using Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre to show where you're standing at any time.

The Louvre Museum's digital audio guide service, which uses the Nintendo 3DS system, was launched in April 2012. Find out more here.

Please note: in Museum Mode, sounds will not be played from the Nintendo 3DS system's built-in speakers. Please use headphones.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, an artwork kept at the Louvre Museum, is currently undergoing restoration, and has been removed from its regular location as a result. Guests will not be able to see this artwork between September 2013 and summer 2014. As a result, the Masterpieces Tour recommended trail, which includes this piece, will not be available in Museum Mode in Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre during this time. The artwork can still be viewed within the software during the period it is not displayed in the museum itself.

Enjoy artworks at your leisure

Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre contains over 600 photographs of artworks and more than 30 hours of audio commentary – enjoy the Louvre’s priceless collections at a leisurely pace!

Detailed commentaries


Each artwork has a detailed audio commentary, designed by museum curators and art historians. These commentaries provide background on artists and their eras, particular points of interest to look out for, and additional information that will allow you to fully appreciate each work of art.

As well as audio commentaries, high-resolution images, 3D models and video commentaries are provided for some artworks.

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High-resolution 2D / 3D images

The high-resolution images included in this software allow you to zoom in and appreciate every nook and cranny of the Louvre’s most famous artworks. High-resolution 3D images also provide stereoscopic representations of certain artworks.

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3D models

3D models of certain sculptures are included so that you can examine and appreciate them from every angle. Why not take a look at some of the world’s most famous artworks from perspectives that are almost never seen, such as from directly above, or from behind?

Video commentaries

Watch a number of video commentaries on specific artworks and artists, various fields within the art world, the history of the Louvre and more, including:

  • The Renaissance in Florence
  • Art from the Ancient Orient
  • The Louvre Today, The Louvre Tomorrow

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Useful features

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Slideshows

View slideshows of artworks and scenes from inside the Louvre. The image that is displayed will automatically change periodically. An Art Clock is also available. 

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Search

Seek out the Louvre’s must-see exhibits, search by type, or find artworks that have 3D models, high-resolution images, video commentaries, and more.

Listen to all commentaries

Automatically listen to all artwork audio commentaries. You can also randomise the order.

Favourite Works

Tick pieces that you're particularly fond of and add them to your Favourite Works. Effortlessly look through a list of all your favourite artworks whenever you like.

An invite to the Louvre

There are all sorts of hidden tales and anecdotes to be found in the nooks and crannies of artworks – details which can be easily overlooked at first glance. This page only introduces a tiny fraction of these – visit the Louvre with this software in hand and you’ll hold the key to unlocking all sorts of mysteries! 

Click the images for a closer look…

Why are these ladies looking so suspiciously at each other...?


Who's that behind Napoleon…?


Why is this woman's arm resting on a skull…?


Look at this mysterious text. What could be written here…?


The history of the Louvre

Did you know that the Louvre was originally neither a museum nor a palace? It was first built as a fortress to defend Paris during the Middle Ages, and it's still possible to see some of its original architecture if you venture underground.

800 years of history have taken place since the Louvre was first constructed, and the great deal of change it has witnessed is certainly worthy of note. Why not set out on your own voyage of discovery and see what you can find?

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Update information

By connecting to the internet and selecting “Update Guide”, you can make sure that your guide contains the very latest contents regarding each individual artwork and so on. You can check your guide version and update to the latest version from the guide’s Settings Screen.

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Software update 08/08/2014 (Ver. 1.1)

A software update is now available that makes several adjustments to enhance the overall experience.

Now that about thirty rooms of the Department of Decorative Arts in the Sully Wing have been reopened, new photos and commentaries of the pieces in this department have been added, along with museum photos.

Also, the restoration work that was being carried out on the Winged Victory of Samothrace since September 2013 is now complete, so that area of the museum has been reopened. If you plan to visit the Louvre, please note that the Masterpieces Tour, which contains this piece, is now available in Museum Mode once more.

Other adjustments have also been made to improve the gaming experience.

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You can scan this QR Code using your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system to go directly to the game update download page in Nintendo eShop. Find out how to scan the QR Code here.