Deca Sports

Common Sense Media says

A polished collection of simple sport simulations

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Excellent competitive play for up to four players.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Adidas logos appear on characters' clothing and on billboards in the game's environments.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Deca Sports is a collection of accessible sport simulations. It's good, clean fun for the whole family, and can be played in groups of up to four players. It provides a diverse selection of playable athletes from which to choose; both genders are represented, along with varying body types and races. Younger players may glean some insight into the rules and objectives of a few relatively uncommon sports, including curling and archery.

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What's it about?

DECA SPORTS crams 10 sports, ranging from the popular (basketball and soccer) to the somewhat obscure (archery and curling), into a single game. Each sport has been condensed and simplified; it takes just a few minutes to learn how to play using intuitive motion sensitive controls that mimic the physical actions of each sport, and some events take less than 60 seconds to complete. Players begin by selecting one of eight teams composed of five members who have varying abilities -- some are fast, some are strong, some are all-around athletes -- then determine the specific members they want to use in each event as they play through a variety of modes.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the degree to which the game's motion sensitive controls mimic the physical actions of the real-world games upon which they are based. Does moving the remote up and then down accurately reflect the motions involved in serving a volleyball? Does pulling the remote toward you and releasing a button imitate the act of drawing a bow and loosing an arrow? You can also discuss whether the game's depiction of less common sports like curling and figure skating is compelling enough to make you want to try them in real life. Are they sufficiently engaging to warrant their own, dedicated video game?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Hudson Entertainment
Release date:May 12, 2008
Genre:Party
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (Nintendo Wii)

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Written byAnonymous April 10, 2011
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4
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Not worth your time

The controls in this game NEVER WORK and it causes this game to not be fun. Whether it be kart racing with undersensitive motion controls or playing basketball and having no idea whether or not your movements will register, this game always finds a way to annoy me with the controls. Its also boring and tedious and other than the intro song, its pretty bad.
Adult Written byJmisss April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Teen, 13 years old Written bySeaSerpent August 24, 2012
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6
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I would love to meet the game testers to see what they were thinking...

Deca Sports is a minigame collection for the Wii, just like every other game these days. The game features a variety of sports-related games which you can play at your lesiure since fortunately you aren't forced to unlock anything. You can't play as your Mii, and there is no program to create a character for you to use. Instead, you actually have to pick from pre-made teams. Each team has different attributes so you're going to want to look at their stats before choosing one. The programmers responsible for making the controls in this game are obviously very skilled. They are somehow able to systemmatically make every single game nearly unplayable by installing broken motion controlls that barely work. I would love to know how they do it. In some games, you can easily notice the lack of effort on the part of the programmers. For example, in the soccer event, if you have the ball, and you run even vaguely near an opposing player, they will steal the ball from you almost automatically. Combined with kicking controls that don't work, this means there is no scoring in the game most of the time. Basketball is equally terrible. Shooting the ball into the hoop, while the only way to score, is nearly impossible. You may as well not even try. While you won't score any points doing this, your opponent will most likely get shut out as well, even if they actually do try to score. Other events include several racing games, which have clunky and unresponsive controls. Of the other events, curling and figure skating are somewhat decent, archery is passable, and the volleyball and badminton games are fun but again controlled poorly. On a very consistant level, the controls break this game. Certain games are fun enough to be a time waster beteeen more worthwhile activities, but most just plain don't function properly. There is an inordinate amount of mini game collections for the wii, and this one doesn't stand out in any way. I can't possibly see why anyone would want to pay money for this game.
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 April 25, 2011
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Should Be Rated E

Deca Sports does notcontain any bad content and should be rated E.
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