You May Never See Nintendo's Healthcare Platform Come To Life

Maybe we will, maybe we won't. 


A few years ago, Nintendo made the announcement that it'd be introducing a health-based platform around 2015 or 2016. We all groaned at the time, because yuck, health tracking? But now we're a little curious: Where is it, exactly? Why haven't we seen hide or hair of this health platform?

Apparently, it's not ready -- at least, according to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima. In fact, the platform may end up being abandoned if it doesn't even reach the level of a "Nintendo product." Kimishima told investors that "If we can release it, we'll release it. If we can't, then we'll examine things further."

Last February, the late Satoru Iwata told Asahi that the company was planning on leveraging their "video game know-how" to make it so anyone could stick with the health program and still have fun. According to Kotaku, it was also established that Nintendo as a healthcare business was part of a prominent business strategy. It looks like that's changed now, but it's not for certain.

Perhaps as the year wears on we could see some movement on this end, but it's not a sure bet. It would be interesting to see Nintendo enter the market, however, especially with the popularity of Fitbit and other fitness trackers. It'd make a great mobile project.

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