Trauma Center: Second Opinion – Wii play doctors and nurses

[intro]Scalpel… Foreceps… Swab… Nunchuck… Wiimote…[/intro] Here at Stuff we do love our Wii, but if we plotted our daily interest in it on a graph i

[intro]Scalpel… Foreceps… Swab… Nunchuck… Wiimote…[/intro] Here at Stuff we do love our Wii, but if we plotted our daily interest in it on a graph it would look like a cross section of the Alps. For every WarioWare Smooth Moves peak there’s a Call of Duty trough as it struggles desperately to deliver bread and butter gaming with its quirky controls. But with the console rapidly approaching 1 million UK sales, making it the nation’s favourite games machine, those highlights are doing a great job of glossing over the low points.

Well, today is a good day, because here comes another peak – Trauma Center: Second Opinion, which has finally got a UK release. It’s like Operation, the board game where you use tweasers to pull out little bones from an electrified patient. You must remember the old TV ad: “Here goes his funny bone!” No? OK, so the idea is that you’re a young surgeon, fresh out of doctor school and let loose on real live people for the first time. You’re guided through the first few operations, but sooner than you think you’re left alone to remove three tumors from a patient’s stomach. Good job you were listening earlier, eh? It’s actually quite nerve-wracking the first time you’re left in charge, what with the Who Wants to be a Millionaire-style music rumbling away in the background. The controls work really well. You use the nunchuck to select scalpels, lasers, syringes and other implements, while the Wiimote is used for cutting people open and stitching them up afterwards. The idea is to do as tidy a job as possible, and not to take so long that your patient dies before you’ve drained his growth and patched him up. On the downside, there’s a bit too much text-based chat between the operations, but you can skip through it fairly quickly. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know if any of these procedures would work in real life, but whether or not it’s realistic, I do now feel significantly better qualified to remove lead shot from a farmer’s backside. And that can only be a good thing, right? Horganator out.