River City is a dangerous place to live, but River City Girls serves as an important reminder that it also boasts one of the highest soda-machine-to-resident ratios anywhere in video gaming.
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!
UPDATE: In a recent tweet, Nintendo confirmed that “vending machines in this near-future city look normal at a glance, but each has an AI with its own personality.” Here’s what you can expect when you interact with a vending machine in Astral Chain.
Our World Is Ended. explores an augmented reality apocalypse in the streets of Asakusa, complete with dilapidated underground shopping centers and well-stocked soda machines. Thanks for the submission, SalarymanDaishi!
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!