Operation: Nintendo Wii style

By Ashley Randazzo
April 26, 2007

Meghan Hurley

Move over teddy bears, dollies and fake plastic telescopes, there’s a new way to play doctor that’s sweeping the nation, in the form of a Nintendo Wii console. “Trauma Center Second Opinion” many say is not only worth the price of the game, but the price of a Nintendo Wii to go with it. Take that Playstation 3.

Described as “quirky” or “simply amazing” with its many levels of puzzling illnesses or unique objectives, “Trauma Center Second Opinion” is one of the easiest ways to bring real world medicine straight to your television, to your hands.

Even the storyline of the game is truly keeping up with the times. Dr. Stiles, the main character and brand new surgeon encounters much more then he bargained for. A terrorist-created virus known as Gangliated Utrophin Immuno Latency Toxin, (GUILT) is first found in the hospital where Stiles works. Stiles has many encounters with this virus, including the three types that are all have to be treated differently. As Stiles, players must save life after life to move to the next level.

A true doctor’s arsenal for battling deadly diseases and world-threatening terroistic viruses is always stocked with his or her own tools. These tools are available in every operation, but must be used wisely and carefully; one wrong move will send the patient flat lining in an instant.

The “normal” that are usually used for every surgery tools are known as the scalpel, the antibiotic, and the normal needle and thread used to sew up wounds at the very end of surgery. Tools that many players don’t even think of having include a deliberator, lasers and a special microscopic camera, much like is used in reality.

The Wii remote has been the main focal point for many game reviews, but it definitely makes this game come to life. The precision of using tools like the scalpel or the laser is so exact that the player does everything. It doesn’t matter what level is being played, the player can use whichever tool he/she desires. However, one flick of the wrist could mean the board investigating you for malpractice and never returning to practice medicine again.

Don’t think for one second that just because you’re playing a game doesn’t mean nothing is being learned.

There is a series of steps to perform each operation, just like the ones real doctors use. For instance, before even opening someone up, an antibiotic must be used to prevent infection. These steps are imperative for each level of the game. After that, grab that scalpel and dig in. The patient’s life is in your hands, doctor.

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