Shenmue’s drink machines are iconic, so it’s not surprising that Ryo stumbles across a few in Shenmue III. This time around, the developers relied on stock Unreal Engine vending machine assets, previously seen in games like Estranged: Act II, SCUM, and Emily Wants to Play Too. Nevertheless, a familiar soda machine is better than no soda machine at all!
Thanks to dnekuen on Reddit for helping me track these down! [Source]
I keep racking up fines for trying to steer my bus across several lanes of traffic to get a closer look at these drink machines from Tokyo Bus Guide 2 for the PlayStation 2.
Tank battles in urban settings tend to generate a lot of collateral damage. Here’s hoping these soda machines from Tokyo Warfare survive the fight.
I’ve spent forever trying to track down a copy of Truck Kyousoukyoku: Ai to Kanashimi no Rodeo (Truck Mad Dash Melody: Rodeo of Love and Sadness) for the PlayStation 2 so I could capture a screenshot of these beachside soda machines.
In the process, I also learned about dekotora—the Japanese word for flamboyantly decorated art trucks like the ones featured in Truck Kyousoukyoku. At last, I have some cultural context for the tricked-out trucks that occasionally appear in the background of Street Fighter stages!
This drink machine is from Simple DS Series Vol. 8: The Kanshikikan – Kinkyuu Shutsudou!! Jiken Genba wo Touch Seyo, a visual novel for the Nintendo DS. I’ve developed a real knack over the past few years of muddling through dialogue trees in Japanese visual novels in order to screenshot the inevitable Act 2 soda machine, despite my inability to read even a single word of Japanese.
I love Kairosoft for their unwavering dedication to including soda machines in every single mobile game they release — including this one from Baseball Club Story.
Get your mega mall off to a great start with a pair of soda machines in Mega Mall Story 2!
This soda machine from Alias for the PlayStation 2 was tougher to track down than a Rambaldi artifact!
A Rambaldi artifact!
Seriously, nothing? Alias was a popular show not that long ago, people!
Treat yourself to a refreshing City Cola, presumably named after SAS: Secure Tomorrow’s developer, City Interactive. Thanks for the screenshots, Trundles!
Sun Cola from the Dead Space series and Frostbite Cola from Battlefield Hardline make cameos in Need for Speed: Heat, laying the groundwork for an eventual EA Cinematic Universe.
The only thing worse than being really thirsty and not having enough change for the soda machine is really needing a bandage and not having enough change for the first aid vending machine.
♫ Hey now, you’re an all-star. King of Fighters, free play. Hey now, Terry Bogard. Trucker hat on, all day. And all that fizzes is gold. Soda machines will keep them cold. ♫
These soda machines are from mobile brawler The King of Fighters ALLSTAR.
Maybe they should have called this game Pokémon Sword and Shield and Soda, amirite? Thanks for the screenshot, Simon!
Wow! There’s a cola named after me in Ultra Frogsheen in Sonoland, an upcoming retro platformer from the fine folks at Infamous Quests, including pixel artist extraordinaire Kevin Wallace. What an honor!
In case you’re wondering, I imagine Jess Cola tastes a lot like RC Cola, only with a hint of cinnamon.
Check out some of these dreamy soda flavors in first-person puzzler Superliminal. Random Soda, Baking Soda, Mini Soda, Water Soda…
Thanks for the screenshots, RobBoberty!