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American And Japanese Mega Robots Set To Duke It Out

The Japanese company responsible for the colossal robot, Kuratas, has accepted the challenge to fight U.S.-made MegaBot.

The fight was agreed upon on the condition that it will be hand to hand, engadget reported Monday.

The Kuratas model has been on the market for three years and was commercially available for $1.35 million at one point. Although taken by surprise due to the recent completion of MegaBot, the Japanese company did not hesitate in accepting their challenge.

“Yeah, I’ll fight. Absolutely. I want to punch them to scrap and knock them out to do it,” said Suidobashi Heavy Industry CEO Kogoro Kurata.

Weighing in at six tons and leveling off at 15 feet tall, MegaBot rolls on tank-like tracks, shoots large paintballs at 100 mph, has enough room for two pilots, and is complemented by a rusty finish.

On the purpose of the Mech, Megabots co-founder Gui Cavalcanti said, “We’re bringing video games and science fiction to life in the form of internally piloted giant fighting robots”.

MegaBot was originally envisioned as the product of a Kickstarter campaign last year, but after the endeavor failed, U.S. software company Autodesk helped complete the project.

In contrast, Kuratas proves to be a much sleeker, albeit short and stout robot at 12 feet tall and 9,000 pounds. It has wheels, comes with a massive BB gun, and can fit one pilot.

Kurata feels very passionate about the fight as he said, “We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture.”

In a bit of pre-fight trash talk, Kurata said, “Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it is… super American”.

The fight is expected to take place sometime in 2016.