Giant Robots Duel 2016: Details Of US Vs Japan Brawl

Giant Robots Duel 2016: Details Of US Vs Japan Brawl
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A real-life battle of two giant robots is already set to happen in 2016 with a possible location off on international waters or on a ship or aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific. Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry, an organization which aims to spread human ride robots, responded to a challenge of robot duel from America’s MegaBots.


Industry experts were one in saying that the robot duel will change the landscape of sports. People will soon forget about Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Soon, people will be rooting for two giant humanoid robots fighting to their destruction.

US vs Japan giant robots duel

Wearing a Japanese flag with the words “hydraulic pressure,” Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s chief Kogoro Kurata responded to MegaBot’s challenge for the robot duel set in 2016. Kurata responded to the challenge through a video uploaded on YouTube over the weekend. The video has been viewed for more than 3 million times already.

“Yeah. I will fight. Absolutely! But you know, we really need a melee combat. If we are going to win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it,” Kurata said.

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Kurata was responding to a challenge posed by founders of MegaBots where they promise that their robot will come to the duel armed with “Really. Big. Guns.” MegaBots’ video also uploaded on YouTube in June has been viewed for more than 4 million times already.

In response to the “Really. Big. Guns,” Kurata said it would be better if the robots fight using real weapons.

“Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s super American,” Kurata said.

“I cannot let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture,” Kurata said in conclusion.

In their video, MegaBots founders said, “Suidobashi, you have a giant robot. We have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen. We challenge you to a duel.”

The executives said both of their robots “need modification to become combat ready.”

“Prepare yourselves and name the battlefield. In one year, we fight,” they said.

Meet the two robots

MegaBot’s robot, the Mark II, is 15 feet-tall. It can fire cannonball-sized paintballs with the speed of over 120 miles per hour.

Suidobashi’s robot, the Kuratas mech, is 12-foot-tall and weighs 9,000 pounds. At present, Kuratas mech cannot fire anything yet.

Where and when?

In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, Gui Cavalcanti, founder of MegaBots, said their vision has always been to start a league of the giant robots. However, in order to achieve this goal, their robot, the Mark II, needs another robot to battle against – and the perfect match as rival is the Kuratas mech.

“We got to thinking, well, you know maybe the way we start a sports league is with one fight. We’ll give people the first taste of what a show would be like, what a whole league would be like and we can take it from there,” Cavalcanti said.

Cavalcanti said he and Kurata are still discussing the final details of the duel. However, he already has a vision of the place where the battle will take place.

“Our dream is to have it in international waters, I’m not gonna lie. We would really love to have the fight on a ship or aircraft carrier in the middle of the pacific. That is our absolute favorite dream, we’ll see if that can happen,” Cavalcanti said.

Morning News USA will keep you posted as to where and when the duel would be held, and what rules the engagement should follow.

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