This month I turned the big 3-0. To combat my feelings of getting utterly old, I decided to buy myself an early birthday gift. So on New Year’s Eve I finally broke down and bought a shiny new Wii U. Like many people my age, I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo since my childhood. Jumping on goombas, shooting virtual ducks, and unearthing hidden tunnels with bombs was just part of growing up. While I don’t necessarily play that many video games these days, anytime Nintendo releases something new, I get that excitement that brings me back to sitting on the floor of my grandma’s living room playing my NES for hours on end. Having spent some time with the new console, I wanted to toss out my thoughts on the system and some of its features.