Trainee surgeons will soon be practicing operations from the comfort of their sofas after a study found they performed better after playing games on the Nintendo Wii.

US researchers are designing software that will allow doctors to carry out simulated surgery using the console’s novel control system.

The motion sensors in the wireless “Wiimote”, a controller the size and shape of a television remote control, allow game players to direct on-screen action by waving it about and pointing it at the screen.

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