So far, the game has been a HUGE hit! I was a little worried that my kids (7 and 5) would be too young to play, but I couldn't have been more wrong. They are both big fans already and are really excited about Dad's new "toy." Overall, I'm really impressed with the game and the overall build quality. The LCD screen and LED lights seem to really impress new players right out of the gate. My only minor disappointment is the national anthem only playing for the home team and not the visitors. I was really hoping that there was a way (perhaps I missed it?) to have both teams (in my case the Wings and Toronto) have their own anthem.
I'm really hopeful the game holds up. It is funny looking back to how much I likely abused the game at the arcade when I was a kid versus how overly protective I am as an adult after shelling out $3500 to own my own game. I cringe watching the kids wildly spin the rods or clash sticks just thinking about the gears eventually wearing out. I'm sure once I've had the game for a while I will relax a bit and enjoy it even more.