Servers for 3 on 3 NHL Arcade to Close Next Year

By Sean Carey,
3 on 3 NHL Arcade

EA has announced that servers for the Xbox 360 hockey game, 3 on 3 NHL Arcade will close on March 10, 2020, making just one achievement unobtainable. This gives you a few months to grab that achievement before it disappears for good.

3 on 3 NHL ArcadeLet's PlayThe Let's Play achievement in 3 on 3 NHL Arcade worth 11 pointsPlay an online game

It should also be noted that this game has been delisted from the Microsoft Store in 2016 due to expired licenses, and it is not backwards compatible, so unless you already own it, you're not going to be able to finish off the game completely. Looking at the achievement list, 3 on 3 NHL Arcade has only 12 achievements worth 200 Gamerscore. There is also one discontinued achievement which takes a big chunk of that Gamerscore up:

3 on 3 NHL ArcadeTeam PlayerThe Team Player achievement in 3 on 3 NHL Arcade worth 73 pointsPlay a quick ranked match with 2 guests

3 on 3 NHL Arcade is similar to NBA JAM in terms of gameplay. A match consists of two teams of three NHL players and a goalkeeper which all have comically large heads. Powerups could also be obtained that would give advantages to either side. The game was met with a lukewarm reception garnering mixed to average reviews when it was released back in 2009.

EA has given no reason for the closure, but it's probably safe to assume that it's down to a lack of players. 3 on 3 NHL Arcade is ten years old after all and hasn't been available for purchase for three years.

EA also announced that servers for the popular Xbox 360 boxing title, Fight Night Round 4 would also close on March 9, 2020, with the publisher citing a lack of players. TA members are currently setting up boosting sessions to grab some of the notorious online "belt" achievements. If you're missing those, check out one of those sessions here.

Servers for NBA LIVE 15 were also closed by EA on December 9. (Thanks Brooker 513)

Check out our Best Xbox One Sports Games Available in 2019 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.