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US rolls over Japan in the battle of giant robots

MegaBots from the US defeats Japan’s Kuratas in final showdown, cuts it open with a chainsaw

A battle two year in the making: MegaBots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel between their giant robots. (Credit: Megabots)
A battle two year in the making: MegaBots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel between their giant robots. (Credit: Megabots)

America has reigned over Japan at the first-ever giant robot showdown.

American robotics company MegaBots and its Japanese rival, Kuratas by Suidobashi Heavy Industries, fought for mechanical superiority in a clash shown on gaming streaming site Twitch last night.

The match was fought over two rounds, spread over several days to give competitors time to repair their machines.

Megabots used two different robots -- one called Iron Glory for the first round and Eagle Prime for the second. Winners were determined if the contestant's robot was disabled or destroyed, or if the pilot surrendered.

Kurata has the upper hand in the first round, knocking out MegaBots older robot with a decisive knockout punch.

In the second and ultimately decisive round, MegaBots' new multi-million dollar, larger Eagle Prime used a chainsaw to cut open its Japanese rival, ending the duel.

Two years ago, MegaBots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel between their giant robots. Suidobashi accepted, but added a condition of its own: melee combat must be a part of the fight.

MegaBots started a Kickstarter to upgrade its Mk.II robot, which was built mostly for long-range paintball combat. It raised about $554,600 in crowdfunding from nearly 8,000 backers.

In August, Megabot officially introduced the Eagle Prime robot. It weighs in at 12 tons, is 16 feet tall and can seat two pilots. The machine is powered by a 430 horsepower V8 LS3 engine and cost $2.5 million, according to the company.

Its rival Kuratas, weighs in a relatively puny 6.5 tons and is about 13 feet tall.

Megabots founders hope this battle will herald a formal fighting robot league in the future.