The International Giant Mech Duel Is Finally Here in All Its Goofy Glory

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Many, many things about living in the future have actually turned out to be pretty terrible, but at least we get to live in a world where giant robots are punching each other for our entertainment. We’ve gotta take our wins where we can get them, I guess.

This mech battle, between MegaBots from the U.S. and Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s Karatas robot from Japan, has been a few years in the making, and the results are … mixed, to say the least. The robots themselves are really impressive and undeniably fun to watch in action, but the whole battle isn’t exactly Gundam—it’s not even Robot Jox. The rules are also a little strange, with the final MegaBots machine weighing in at nearly double Kuratas, as well as some fairly nebulous victory parameters.

On the other hand, there’s plenty of time to iron all that out as MegaBots works towards attracting new challengers and setting up a giant robot battle league. Sure, the whole thing might feel more like a cheesy ’80s movie than anything else, but it’s also pretty awesome to see that come alive in the real world, rather than through special effects.

(via The Verge, image: screengrab)

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