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Nintendo to Launch Wii “Check-Up” Channel
Dr. Mario and friends will soon be dishing out medical advice via Wii Fit.
Dr. Mario
Wii’s new “check channel” is expected to launch this April.
January 27, 2009 by Rachel Cericola

Sir/madam: It looks like you have gout. Now how about we rock this house with a round of “Guitar Hero?”

Maybe Nintendo’s new idea won’t be able to dissect your penchant for super-fatty meats and Colt 45, however the company is planning to add professional medical advice to its popular Wii Fit device. That sort of sucks the fun out of things, no?

Engadget says the idea is a joint effort between Hitachi, NEC, Panasonic and a nameless health insurance company. Apparently, the system can anonymously forward your stats to a health professional, who can make “helpful” suggestions on how to make your BMI better—or at least a little less embarrassing.

The add-on will feature two-way communication. We’re not sure what else is involved; a lot of the info is Japanese and the translated stuff sounds like marketing mumbo-jumbo.

We shall see if it’s worth sharing your personal stats when the new Wii channel launches in April.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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