Earlier this month, Megabots Inc issued a video challenge on Youtube to Suidobashi Heavy Industries, to pit the company’s’ biggest, baddest robots against each other in a duel of giant robots. And grab the popcorn, put the beer on ice and get your geek on, because Japanese robot manufacturer has accepted the challenge from its US competitor, Efe news agency reported.

Weighing in at just under 4,000 kg, Japan’s metal monster will take on the 5,400-kg US contender in what may well be the newest form of entertainment, right from the world of science fiction.In the video Megabot posted presenting its Mark II as “America’s first full-functional, giant piloted robot”, founders Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein said they have equipped Mark II with massive paintball guns to fight Suidobashi’s Kuratas model.

Suidobashi founder and CEO Kogoro Kurata released a video a day later, accepting Megabot’s challenge to a duel. Kurata found the proposal interesting, but felt his competitor could be “done better”.

“Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s super American. I cannot let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture,” he said, adding that he wanted to “punch them to scrap and knock them down” he said.

Neither a date nor venue for the event has yet been announced.



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