Yo-kai Watch 4

Yo-kai Watch 4

Yo-kai Watch 4

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).

Yo-kai Watch 4

Here’s a better look at Jihanki. His Japanese name, ジハン鬼, is a play on “vending machine demon.”

Yo-kai Watch 4

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!

Encodya

Encodya

Tina and her robot pal S.A.M. stumble across a Rocket Soda machine on the rainy streets of Neo-Berlin in Encodya, an upcoming point-and-click cyberpunk adventure.

Codename CURE

Codename CURE

Curing the zombie virus that’s decimating humankind in Codename CURE is no easy task, but you can always settle for curing your thirst with this Popsi Cola machine instead. Thanks for the screenshot, Zachary!

Alight

Alight

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.”

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

In addition to housing a rogue supercomputer and Fallout 76’s Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, Vault 51 is also home to a handful of Nuka-Cola machines left relatively unscathed by the atomic ravages of the Great War.