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Curling

Deca Sports for the Nintendo Wii Review

As ironic as it may sound, I found the curling event in Deca Sports to quite possibly be the best event in the compilation. Curling is not a fast-paced sport, so there is a good deal to be said about having precise control and great strategy. You can set the direction, strength, and curl of each shot. You also control the sweepers.

Strangely, the teams are only comprised of three characters, so you only get six rocks per end. Real curling has teams of four and eight rocks per end. There is no explanation given as to why Hudson decided to make this change to the official rules. Even so, curling here can be quite enjoyable… assuming that you have some patience and the least bit of interest in curling in the first place. I just wish the timing of the strength control was a little more accurate.

Snowboard Cross

Deca Sports for the Nintendo Wii Review

If you enjoyed titles like SSX Blur, you may be a little disappointed with the lack of depth offered by this mini-game. Twisting the Wii Remote is used for steering and then you can perform tricks by shaking the Remote during jumps. Snowboard cross in Deca Sports is not terrible, but it also suffers from the poor graphic quality experienced in kart racing.

I can see how the multiplayer aspect of this event can offer some family-friendly fun, but the controls may frustrate those who are more accustomed to a conventional control scheme involving a directional pad or analog stick.

Archery

Deca Sports for the Nintendo Wii Review

How good is your aim? The archery event places a bullseye off in the distance and you compete against a single opponent to see who can get the best score. You can select the number of shots and then the total score is compared to declare the winner. A bullseye is worth 10 points and each successive concentric ring is worth one fewer point.

To prepare the shot, you yank the Wii Remote toward you. Then, you hold the Wii Remote as steady as possible, trying to line up the on-screen reticule with the target. There is a travel arc and the wind to consider as well. Deca Sports: Archery is terribly repetitive, but it may help you conquer your shaky arthritic hand syndrome. Too much coffee…

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