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Nintendo Co. will launch a service to let users of its popular Wii game console receive advice from health care experts via the Internet.

The new service will begin in April in cooperation with NEC Corp., Panasonic Medical Solutions Co. and Hitachi Ltd., which are developing applications, Nintendo said.

Players use the Wii “Fit” exercise video game that measures weight and other data, and the game console sends the information via the Internet to doctors and other health care experts.

The experts will analyze the information and send advice to the users by e-mail.

Nintendo has developed software to transmit data over the Internet.

NEC, Panasonic Medical Solutions and Hitachi will sell their systems to corporate health insurance societies and health care advisory service providers.

Using the game and the floor board that comes with it, the player can engage in dozens of games, yoga exercises, jogging and other training to improve physical fitness.

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