Dig that old mobile phone out of your junk drawer and scour the Japanese underworld for soda machines in 2006’s Mafia Wars: Yakuza!
Go hog wild on caffeine with this soda machine from Harley-Davidson: The Road to Sturgis! These screenshots are from the DOS release; the soda machine doesn’t appear in the (clearly inferior) Amiga and Atari ST versions of the game. [Source]
How did I find a soda machine that’s barely even visible on screen in a long-forgotten game? Well, in this case, I was digging through an old issue of Computer Gaming World from 1989 when I stumbled across this advertisement…
What a long, strange trip it’s been.
River City Girls is the latest entry in the River City/Kunio-kun Series, and it carries on River City’s proud tradition of bare-knuckle brawling and destructible drink machines. Thanks for the screenshots, Tikhon!
Turn that thirst upside down with a refreshing New Coke from the vending machine in Stranger Things 3: The Game. Special thanks to BonusXP, the game’s developers, for sharing this screenshot!
Sure, Yo-kai Watch 4 for the Switch has the run-of-the mill soda machines you’d expect from any decent video game, but the real star here is Jihanki, a beefy-armed soda machine monster (and also my beautiful son).
Here’s a better look at Jihanki. His Japanese name, ジハン鬼, is a play on “vending machine demon.”
As you can see, Jihanki evolves from a Lightside soda can Yo-kai named Kantaro (缶太郎, or “can boy”) into his glorious drink-dispensing final form.
Thanks to AceRene, admiralblowhard, and Swordmaster543 on Reddit for helping me track down these images!
If you buy just one goat-themed racing game where you scream into your microphone to steer a careening shopping card through treacherous obstacles this year, make it Supermarket Shriek. It even has soda machines!
Thanks to the fine folks over at Billy Goat Entertainment for the screenshots!
Metro Exodus takes us back to the subway tunnels of post-apocalyptic Russia, where our protagonist Artyom stumbles across this Soviet-era soda machine. Thanks for the screenshot, Dan!
Astral Chain, an upcoming action adventure title for the Nintendo Switch, not only features drink machines, but also hamburger and ice cream machines. And whatever that adorable smiley face machine dispenses. Thanks for the screenshots, Counterfeiter!
Before you head over to that sushi place on Taihei Boulevard, grab a refreshing pre-dinner drink from this vending machine in attorney brawler Judgment (a.k.a. Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon).
Meanwhile, the Lucky Soda machines from the game previously appeared in Yakuza 6…