Japan accepts America's challenge to a robot deathmatch

Which engineering superpower will prove itself the master of robotics?

Updated: Suidobashi Heavy Industries has since accepted the challenge by the Megabots team with its own hilariously over the top video. "But my reaction? Come on guys, make it cooler" says SHI founder Kogoro Kurata, "just building something huge and sticking guns on it, it's.... super American." Ouch.

We assumed that America and Japan had worked out their differences long ago, but apparently not. An American robotics company has just challenged its Japanese competitor to a robo-suited fight to the death in the name of the USA.

Okay, we might have added the "to the death" part, but the challenge itself is very real. The instigator is a company called Megabots which, rather unsurprisingly, makes giant robots, or, in its own words, use "cutting-edge robotics technology to create the giant piloted fighting robots of science fiction, videogames, and movies."  

The megabots in question are 15 feet tall, human piloted, and fire cannonball-sized paint pellets at speeds of 120mph. In action they look something like this.

You couldn't put us in that cockpit for love nor money.

The Megabots crew dream of making human-piloted robotics a televised sport, and they've kick-started their dream by challenging their greatest competitor Suidobashi Heavy Industries to robo-guns at dawn. Suidobashi's own mechanical wonder is one you may recognise.

This is Kuratas, the armored mech whose exterior was plastered all over the internet a couple of years ago. Kuratas is fully mobile, has articulated arms, thick armor, miniguns attached to each arm and projectile launcher to boot. 

Megabots has decided that this leviathan is its nemesis and is determined to prove its prowess by giving the Kuratas a thorough slapping. The challenge itself was issued via YouTube with delightful levels of self-parody (below). Nice work gents.

No word yet on whether Suidobashi has responded to their American foes, but we think that Megabots might be trying to bite off more than it can chew with this one; its own creations don't look as manauverable or technically sophisticated. After all, Japan tends to have the upper hand involving anything robotic. If this does indeed get all Neon Genesis Evangelion and the two bots meet, the USA had better watch its back.

[Source: Popular Science]