The American automotive company Tesla, Inc (formerly Tesla Motors) is all about making electric cars more viable and affordable. Elon Musk, the co-founder, CEO and tech entrepreneur behind it - who is also responsible for the SpaceX program - is known for thinking outside the box.

According to IGN, Musk reportedly tried to get Nintendo to collaborate with Tesla and release an in-car version of Mario Kart. This was discovered during a brief Twitter exchange when Musk was questioned about making particular video games playable within the Tesla automotive line while the cars recharge. When a user asked about the Mario Kart series, Musk said the manufacturer had approached Nintendo, but the Japanese company wouldn't license it to them. Apparently, though, Musk is open to the idea of Valve's digital Steam service eventually becoming an option.

Unfortunately, Musk did not reveal why Nintendo denied Tesla. We'll take a guess and say Nintendo wanted to remain loyal to German automotive manufacturer Mercedes after special DLC was released in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a number of years ago.

In-car video game setups aren't exactly new. In fact, Musk previously announced classic Atari titles such as Missile Command and Centipede would be playable in Tesla cars and this became a reality in October. Thanks to Nintendo's past and present systems, nobody has to sit there wondering what Mario Kart would be like within a car as it's already been possible for several years now. For the record, it's cramped, and if the car is motion it can be a rather sickening experience for some people. We'll presumably get an even better idea of what it is like when Mario Kart Tour arrives on mobile in 2019.

What do you think about the Elon's idea to add Mario Kart to Tesla cars? Do you think this would have been good publicity for Nintendo? Or do you think it made the right decision? Tell us below.

[via au.ign.com, twitter.com]