You Can Relax Because I Now Think I've Identified the Car From This 13-Year-Old Wii Game

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I have a bunch of old videogame consoles at my house: old Ataris, an Odyssey 2, a Bally Astrocade, a Vectrex, Virtual Boy, and so on. Less old but still old-ish is a Wii in the mix there, and my kid likes to play on all of these. This morning, he was playing a game on the Wii that involved driving a car. I saw it, and for the first time since first playing this thing over a decade ago, I think I know what car inspired the one in the game. I know because I own that car now.

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The game is from 2006, a fun and goofy Nintendo game called WarioWare Smooth Moves. One of the minigames involves driving a car, and this is what it looks like:

See that dashboard? Back in 2006 or whenever it just seemed like some kind of cute and odd composite car the designers came up with. Now, I realize it looks far more familiar:

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While it’s not exact, I’m pretty sure the inspiration for this dashboard came from a Nissan Pao. The big white-faced speedo in its little pod, the squarish vents, the flat windshield, that color, the steering wheel color and design (yes, I know mine is turned upside-down in that shot) the horn icon, everything.

This had to be Pao-inspired.

Of course, on the U.S. release my kid was playing, it was flipped like this:

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...but same idea.

Anyway, if anyone out there has been agonizing over this for the past decade or so, I hope this brings you peace.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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