GameZone writes: "3 on 3 NHL Arcade is a bit of the past, a bit of the present and might well signal a bit of the future when it comes to EA branded titles giving players the quick, over-the-top arcade experience mixed with a lot of fun.
For the game, EA Canada has thrown out the hockey rule book and delivered a fast-pace and exciting brand of arcade hockey that should reach a broad range of players. So let's see … no rules, simulations of some of the game's biggest stars, a solid online component, wacky powerups that deliver on the fun element – yep, seems like this game has a lot going for it.
But even after getting a build of the game to review, there were some questions concerning the creation of the game. Matt Mahar, lead designer for 3 on 3 NHL Arcade, took time to chat with GameZone about the title."