Inventions & Tech

USA vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel: Challenge Accepted

On June 30, 2015, Megabots, Inc. challenged Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel — a giant robot duel, that is. And while it may have seemed, at first, like nothing more than a joke, Japan responded in kind:

Challenge accepted.

If all goes to plan, in a year’s time we’ll be watching what may be the world’s first giant robot duel. Here are the two videos, the first being Megabots’ challenge, the second Suidobashi’s response.

“But my reaction? Come on, guys, make it cooler,” Suidobashi tells Megabots in the above video, “Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s … Super American. We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture. Yeah, I’ll fight. Absolutely. But you know, we really need…MELEE COMBAT. If we’re gonna win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it.”

Sounds like my kind of robot duel. Of course, this could all just be an elaborate marketing ploy on behalf of both companies. But I don’t care. Giant robots.

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Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.

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