My children received a copy of the new one for Christmas this year. What a wonderful game! I've not played the old one, but I can assure you that the new one plays addictively well.
For X-mas I was able to pick up an original version on Ebay for $42 (very good condition). I have not played the new version but I concur that the game was a hoot for both young aned old alike. In fact, I have a picture of my 80 year old mother playing with the grand kids.