EA Sports announces 3 on 3 NHL Arcade

After years of sports fans clamoring for NHL Street, EA Canada is finally ready to deliver a big-headed action hockey game. Only difference is, this game will be made available exclusively for download this February for the Xbox Live Arcade (800 points) and the PlayStation Network ($9.99).

"Available through a simple digital download, 3 on 3 NHL Arcade is perfect for sports fans who want to experience the thrill of NHL hockey at a great value without worrying about the rules of the sport," said Dave McCarthy, vice president, EA Sports. "Accessibility is really important. We have worked to make sure that come February, 3 on 3 NHL Arcade is a lot of fun for players of all skill levels."

Fans should expect some of the most raucous hockey since the days of Open Ice, with players getting checked over the boards and power-ups that shrink goalies to miniscule levels.

But that's not all as goalies are free to get checked, the rink has been scaled down to provide quicker action, and there are 40 of the NHL's elite who can be selected for your three-man squad. There will even be two control schemes to choose from, giving players the ability to pick between button controls that allow beginning gamers to pass, shoot, and attempt trick moves the old fashioned way, or for the more advanced gamers, the Skill Stick controls from NHL 09 will also be available.

3 on 3 NHL Arcade also looks to dazzle online, as in addition to standard ranked matches, the game allows the ability for three players on one console to play three other players on another console anywhere in the world.