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In Trauma Center: Second Opinion the player plays the part of Derek Stiles, a doctor who has just completed his residency at Hope Hospital and is now a full time surgeon. The story takes place in the year 2018; by this time a lot of diseases thought incurable have been cured, but people still get sick and are involved in accidents requiring attention of doctors such as Stiles. Dr. Stiles career begins rather normally with a series of routine surgeries to get warmed up. Later though it's discovered that Dr. Stiles has the "healing touch", a rare ability he can use to slow down time to perform surgery faster while maintaining accuracy. This ability becomes important as a new, deadly disease begins spreading...

Trauma Center: Second Opinion is a remake of Trauma Center: Under the Knife for the Nintendo DS. The gameplay remains similar, though it has been updated to utilize the Wii's remote and Nunchuk as well as including some new missions and other additions. Each mission is presented in a 1st-person point of view where the player needs to successfully complete the surgery required by the patient. Time is limited, and they need to make sure they don't make too many mistakes! Sometimes the procedure can be straightforward, but often there will be unexpected surprises to deal with. To perform surgery there are a variety of tools at the player's disposal which can be selected with the Nunchuk; these include scalpels, forceps, surgical lasers, bandages, syringes, antibiotics, and many more. The Wii remote is used to perform an action with the selected tool. During surgery the player's assistant will provide advice to help them complete each procedure required. After each mission they are given a rating on how well they performed; this is affected by how quickly the surgery was performed as well as how accurately. As missions are completed, new ones become available or they can retry missions to earn a better grade. The games story unfolds as the player's progresses through the various missions.


Trauma Center: Second Opinion Wii Part of the introduction sequence
Trauma Center: Second Opinion Wii Using an ultrasound to find trouble...
Trauma Center: Second Opinion Wii Defusing a bomb with Wii remote tilt.
Trauma Center: Second Opinion Wii You may occasionally encounter unexpected problems.

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Trauma Center: Second Opinion Screenshot
Trauma Center: Second Opinion Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "カドゥケウスZ 2つの超執刀" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Caduceus Z: Futatsu no Choushittou" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

GameDaily Nov 27, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Game Vortex 2007 89 out of 100 89
Gaming Target Dec 05, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
Power Unlimited 2007 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 10, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
Cheat Code Central 2007 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Nov 16, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Digital Spy Aug 10, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gaming Nexus Jan 10, 2007 B 75
Good Game Sep 01, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65


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1001 Video Games

Trauma Center: Second Opinion appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #2 Wii Game of the Year

Servo (57398) added Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Wii) on Dec 03, 2006