A TiKTok user is currently replacing bits of his Mazda MX-5 Mk1 car with various Nintendo Wii accessories, including the Mario Kart steering wheel that he actually drove with.
Tyler Atkin – ttptng on TikTok – began there, replacing his actual steering wheel with the Wii wheel, and described driving with the cheap plastic as a “horrendous experience”.
As reported by VG247, he later replaced the gearstick with the Wii nunchuck, handbreak with the Wii Sports baseball accessory, the floor mat with the Wii Fit yoga mat, and even installed an actual Nintendo Wii in the radio slot.
“I just like to mess about with stuff; keeps me busy and I thought I’d record it.” Atkin told IGN. “I put a Wii wheel on about three weeks ago just for something to do and put it on TikTok, told my missus the video would get one million views as a joke, and there’s now two or three videos over three million.”
The original steering wheel video is sitting at 3.1 million views, and since it went viral Atkin’s fans have asked for more and more weird Wii-based additions. Installing the actual console — which turns on but isn’t yet connected to a screen — was one of the biggest requests.
“Implementing a balance board in one way or another and a Wii-mote handbrake have got to be near to it too. I even get requests for other consoles such as PlayStation,” Atkin said. “Realistically the possibilities of simply messing about are endless.”
Whether that means turning his Mazda into a miniature gaming museum with tons of different consoles, or creating a sequel to his Wiiata (Miata is the car’s original name and long-running nickname), fans will just have to wait and see.
When asked what the latter would look like, Atkin admitted “that’s a hard one, but I guess as the U is the Wii’s older brother, it would make sense to use the Mk2 MX5 as my Mk1’s older brother.”
Though not a particularly unlikely combo thanks to games like Mario Kart and Gran Turismo, cars and games seem to be blending together more and more in recent years. Tesla has recently introduced new features like the ability to play games including The Witcher 3 while BMW is currently using microtransactions in its high-end vehicles.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.