Recently completed MegaBot Mark II is America’s first fully functional giant robot, piloted by a team of two and capable of firing three-pound paint cannonballs at speed of more than 100 miles per hour. With the MegaBot Mark II now complete, all that remains to be seen is whether or not Japan will accept the challenge.
Take heart robot fans out there! Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s founder Kogoro Kurata has accepted the video challenge issued by US robotics firm MegaBots on 30 June to take part in a giant robot duel!
“We can’t let another country win this, giant robots are Japanese culture,” Kurata said in a video response to MegaBot’s challenge.
“So yeah, I’ll fight. But my reaction? Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it is… super American.”
“But you know, we really need Melee Combat [a fighting style where opponents are at a close range]. If we’re gonna win this, I want to punch them and scrap and knock them down to do it,” said Kuratas. “We accept. Megabots: Organise the duel. We’ll be there.”