|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Soft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sep. 29, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Speed skating and mogul skiing utilize both controllers. You'll need to hold the Z and B buttons while gesturing in sync with onscreen cues. Both games are functional (for right-handed players), if not completely lacking any excitement.
Petanque can be mildly amusing, but without use of the Wii MotionPlus accessory (which none of the events utilize), tossing balls is imprecise; road racing uses just the Wii Remote turned sideways to steer, and though the controls work fine, it's a completely lackluster experience; darts offers three types of traditional gameplay, but the mechanics are poorly designed; and finally, we have dodge ball and synchronized swimming, both games fitting snugly within a package that just isn't all that enjoyable.
Though it's often overlooked in Wii games, rumble feedback can add a lot to the experience of motion-controlled gameplay. Unfortunately, there is no tactile feedback in Deca Sports 2, which means most of the events feel hollow.
Hudson must be commended, however, for adding online play into the mix, something many Wii owners felt was lacking in Wii Sports Resort. The downside is that a community for Deca Sports 2 is likely to never flourish. In our numerous attempts at testing the game online with random players, we were unable to get matched up with anyone. Getting logged on to the network was easy, however, even if finding other players proved fruitless.
On the production front, the presentation is polished and slick, though the actual in-game graphics leave much to be desired. Menus are attractive, with music conspicuously reminiscent of Nintendo's own sports-themed, mini-game compilations. The actual events, however, are lifeless, and the character models are as generic as it gets. The crowd animations look terrible, moving in stunted frames that are poorly rendered. The music for some events is inappropriately lively, while other themes are mind-numbingly sedate.
It's impossible to fault Hudson for wanting to tap into Nintendo's success of the Wii Sports franchise. Unfortunately, the publisher seems to have missed the forest for the trees. Putting style above substance, Deca Sports 2 looks a lot like Wii Sports on the surface, but that spark of magic just isn't present here. One or two of the minis can be fun in short sittings (especially with friends), but on the whole, it's a package that lacks a solid fun factor. The controls are often a crapshoot, and ultimately there's little here to hold players' interest.
CCC Freelance Writer