There’s a drink machine conveniently located outside the Smallmart in monster-battler HEARTBEAT!
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!
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…
Duck inside this museum in Metaphobia, a point-and-click murder mystery, and beat the heat with a refreshing drink. Thanks for the screenshot, Papaya Chemist!
I appreciate the vending machine-centric worldbuilding in upcoming platformer Alight: “A young office worker, tiring of an endless life of paperwork, dreams of taking a leap of faith into the shining city below. A god of old, forsaken for centuries, reawakens to a future of neon wonder and vending machines.”