JAPAN (SND) — U.S.-based robotics company MegaBots inc. wants to turn giant robot fighting into a sport. According to the company: “MegaBots are 15-foot-tall, internally piloted humanoid robots that fire cannonball-sized paintballs at each other at speeds of over 120 miles per hour.” One week ago, MegaBots unveiled their first completed battlebot, but noted a Japanese company had beat them to it. That’s when they challenged Sudiobashi Heavy Industries robot “Kuratas” to a duel.
“Suidobashi, you have a giant robot, we have a giant robot,” said co-founder Matt Oehrlein. “You know what needs to happen. We challenge you to a duel. In one year, we fight.” Today, Suidobashi, speaking “on behalf of Japan”, accepted the challenge.
“Megabots, thank you for issuing the video.” Said the video’s description. “On behalf of Japan, we accept your challenge. But on one condition: That melee combat be a part of the fight. Organize the duel, Megabots, and we’ll be there to battle it out. This duel stands to go down in history as the world’s first giant robot battle. Let’s make sure it’s something for the historians to write about.”
It appears the future we’ve all dreamt of is finally here. But who will bring glory to their country? After the Japanese defeat at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, will the country rally to beat the USA in the first real-life gundam battle? It looks like we’ll get our answer next year.
In case you missed it, you can watch the original MegaBots challenge below.
The video’s description reads:
“SUIDOBASHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES! MegaBots, Inc. challenges you to a duel! You have a giant robot, we have a giant robot – we have a duty to the science fiction lovers of this world to fight them to the death.
Prepare yourselves, and name the battlefield. In one year, we fight.”
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