Elon Musk has claimed Nintendo refused to make 'Mario Kart' available in Tesla cars.



The CEO of the electronic car firm has revealed he talked to the Japanese gaming giant about including the popular go-karting racing game in their cars for when drivers wait for their automobiles to be refilled with electricity.

However, they weren't so keen on the idea, probably due to the safety risks involved.

When a follower of the billionaire businessman tweeted: "How about a version of Mario Kart where you can play against random people who are also charging their car at the moment?", Musk replied: "We tried. Nintendo won't license it to us."

Meanwhile, Tesla recently named Robyn Denholm its new board chair.

The Australian business executive, who has been a board member for almost five years, replaced Musk in the role.

Commenting on the news, Musk tweeted: "Would like to thank Robyn for joining the team. Great respect. Very much look forward to working together."

The appointment of Robyn came after Musk claimed it takes "100-hour weeks" to run Tesla.

He admitted it has become increasingly "difficult" to maintain production with the pressure of having to manufacture 5,000 Model 3 cars per week.

He said: "There were times when, some weeks ... I don't know. I haven't counted exactly, but I would just sort of sleep for a few hours, work, sleep for a few hours, work, seven days a week.

"It is incredibly difficult to survive as a car company. Incredibly difficult. People have no idea how much pain people at Tesla went through, including myself. It was excruciating."

Another added pressure he says, is the fact Tesla is the only brand delivering vehicles that have a "fundamental" impact on the environment, admitting that if the company "died" the world would be "damned".

He said: "Tesla cannot die. Tesla is incredibly important for the future of sustainable transport and energy generation.

The fundamental purpose, the fundamental good that "Tesla provides is accelerating the advent of sustainable transport and energy production.

"This supersedes political parties, race, creed, religion, it doesn't matter. If we do not solve the environment, we're all damned."