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Police use Wii to create wanted poster

Instead of asking an artist to come up with a sketch of an alleged criminal's face, police in Japan created their own Mii avatar on a Nintendo video game console.

Now this one, found totally at random, is innocent, right? CC GWire

How closely does your Mii resemble the real you?

I ask only because it seems that police in Japan decided to dispense with the services of a sketch artist--who knows, perhaps he was too temperamental--and used a Wii to create their own impression of a man they wanted to question.

The Mii feature on Nintendo's Wii video game console allows you to create your own avatarish persona on games such as Wii Sports. So the wise policemen in the Kanegawa prefecture apparently decided they could swiftly create a Mii of a man who may have been involved in a hit-and-run road accident.

There is no word whether the residents of Kanegawa are rushing around their neighborhoods, brandishing this supposed likeness of a young man with long brown hair, glasses, and Heidi Klum's cheekbones. And there is no word that this avatar has been re-created on many thousands of Kanegawa Wiis and is trouncing untold numbers of Roger Federer look-alikes.

But it's lovely to think that such frivolous games are now being used in the serious cause of truth and justice on the Miin Streets of Kanegawa.