Wii Sports, the popular sports anthology game bundled with every Nintendo Wii, has spawned no shortage of cheap imitators, but Deca Sports stands above the rest in several ways. For starters, it provides a depth unmatched by other games of its ilk, thanks to the plethora of modes in which it can be played. There are open matches, leagues, tournaments, and mini-game challenges, not to mention fun, four-player play. Plus, its polished motion sensitive controls are both intuitive and well calibrated; the game registers your movements correctly far more often than not--a rarity among the typically low budget, hastily thrown together games often found in the sports compilation genre.
Deca Sports' downfall, unfortunately, are the sports that developer Hudson Soft decided to include in the game's roster. Some of the less common sports--curling and figure skating, in particular--are a blast, in large part because they represent a rare opportunity to try a sport most of us have never taken part in before, in real life or in a game. However, the more popular sports covered here, such as soccer, snowboarding, kart racing, basketball, and motocross, have all been done better in games dedicated to just that sport. In comparison, Deca Sports' simplistic simulations seem lackluster and some players may grow tired of them in mere minutes. The game may have fared better had it stuck with less familiar sports, like, say, lawn bowling, diving, or petanque. It's worth trying if you're interested in learning the rules and strategy of a game like curling, but it's safe to say it won't be the most frequently played game in your Wii collection.