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Jordan Haygood posted a article in NintendoIf you've been keeping track of the world of gaming, you probably remember a Nintendo Direct broadcast the company gave us not too long ago known as Wii U Direct, which featured Nintendo's own Satoru Iwata and Eiji Aonuma as they bombarded us all with announcements for games, whether their own or other developers' Wii U exclusives. However, there are some games the Big N isn't telling us about. Not only that, but these unannounced games may very well see a release before the year is up. While discussing the amount of time it would take for Nintendo to release its big guns for the Wii U, Iwata said, "I believe that we will be able to launch new software within this year that we have not yet announced at this point." In regards to their already-announced games, Iwata promised that the wait period for those releases will be "not excessively long." "Wii U has a lot of attractive features, but it requires a certain amount of time for people to understand them," said Shigeru Miyamoto while discussing how difficult it is for Wii U to communicate its value easily and directly. "We would have liked to create new entertainment that instantly communicated its value to the public, but we could not. However, I am confident that we did manage to develop software that, once people have played it, does communicate its value very well." Furthermore, Nintendo is currently in the process of recruiting people to help build its current development teams in order to maintain its development schedules. "While it will take more time to give shape to our new propositions that take advantage of being able to use two screens," Miyamoto said, "we have various ideas already. In terms of our research and development resources, as we need more staff in response to the high performance of this hardware, we are working to recruit more people, including people from outside the company." What do you think about Nintendo releasing Wii U games this year that we don't even know about yet? Source: IGN
We all knew it was coming but yesterday Valve updated the Steam store with a host of software applications. This was not the first non-game available to download on Steam, as Source Filmmaker got there first in late June. Interestingly, the announcement was initially made that more software would hop onto Steam on September 5th, but that date came and went with no change. This was around the time when Greenlight launched, so Valve probably thought it best to postpone a software launch until that cooled down. What software is available through Steam? There is no office productivitiy software but there are game design-related programs. There are seven pieces of software on Steam and they are: 3D-Coat 3DMark 11 3DMark Vantage ArtRage Studio Pro CameraBag 2 GameMaker: Studio Source Filmmaker Of all the programs, both Source Filmmaker and GameMaker: Studio are free. However, don't let things like that fool you as GameMaker: Studio is free because of all the features it lacks. In order to get fuller versions, upgrades are available at additional cost, totaling up to a massive bundle for $450. One funny thing to note is that GameMaker also has Steam Achievements for things like getting a hundred compile errors. Most of the programs are very reasonably priced at least and have a 10% discount for their first week. Give the small library of software a look and if what you want isn't there maybe it will be added in the future. Do any of these programs interest you? What software would you get on Steam if it were available?