It’s too bad Tesla owners won’t be navigating 2D versions of Nintendo’s cartoonish cars through an obstacle course on their dashboards anytime soon. But at least give Elon Musk credit for recognizing the sweet, sweet crossover potential.
Responding Thursday to Twitter fans who were posing cool gaming ideas for drivers of the all-electric cars, Musk said Tesla pitched to Nintendo the idea of adapting the Mario Kart racing series into a game drivers could play inside their whiplash-accelerating vehicles, all the better to while away those idle minutes at the charging station.
But, he added, it just wasn’t meant to be.
Who’s to say whether Tesla’s sleek, grille-free cars would feel out of place as a venue for Mario’s cartoonish racing world? Well, Nintendo, obviously, but Musk at least doesn’t seem too jilted by the mustachioed one’s rejection. Plus, it’s not as if Tesla is starved for nostalgia-driven games tailor-made to be played — at a complete standstill, of course — on the cars’ famously gigantic screens.
Back in August, Musk even announced a collaboration with Atari that would allow Tesla owners to drain those batteries a little faster, thanks to some old-school games packed into Tesla’s v9.0 software update as easter eggs. That mash-up, which debuted in October, led to this:
In keeping with Musk’s ongoing campaign to fold gaming nostalgia into the Tesla experience, owners are now able to suck just as bad in 2018 as in the 1980s at Atari classics like Centipede, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, and even the directionally challenged Asteroids. What’s next? We don’t know, but as you can see from the Twitter thread above, Musk is even open to the idea of bringing Steam games into the cockpit, at least in theory.
Sadly, though, it looks like the only way we’ll be combining Mario Kart and Tesla into one experience anytime soon is to put our Switches in battery mode and fire up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — while sitting in our (okay, okay, our rich friends’) Teslas.
At a complete standstill, of course.