This week in gaming

Plumbers, mushrooms and dinosaurs race again


A new trailer for “Mario Kart 8” was released yesterday. The game, which is a Wii U exclusive, sees players racing one another throughout the Mushroom Kingdom with new items and vehicles.

The game looks gorgeous running on the Wii U.

It will be released May 30.

San Andreas and Blaine Counties are getting updated


“Grand Theft Auto V” is getting updates throughout spring including multiplayer heists, the ability for players to own two properties simultaneously, a new game mode and various gameplay tweaks, according to a post on Rockstar Newswire.

The updates, which will be free to all players, comes following the recent release of the free Business Update and Beach Bum Update, and fine tunes gameplay and matchmaking systems to try and fix issues players have been reporting of manipulation of the RP system and various gameplay bugs.

These updates will roll out over the next few months across Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The post also mentions the release of story-based downloadable content in the near future, but goes into no further detail.


Another media-streaming box


Amazon.com revealed it’s own set-top streaming box this week called FireTV.

At a price of $99, it works in the same way Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast do, but also offers owners access to games from the Amazon App Store that can be played using a proprietary controller that can be purchased separately for $40.

The FireTV page at Amazon.com goes into the nitty-gritty details, but the gist of it is that this little box has a quad-core processor, two gigabytes of memory and voice-search capabilities via the included remote control.