Smasher:Dan Salvato

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This article is about the player Dan Salvato. For the player formerly known as Dan, see Smasher:Super Dan.
Dan Salvato "Internet Explorer"
Ultimate main Link
Melee main Link
Project M main Link
Crew(s) Rutgers Maylay
Skill Super Smash Bros. Melee Professional (retired)
PM Icon.png Professional (retired)
Additional info
Real name Dan Salvato
Location New Jersey United States

Dan Salvato, previously known as Internet Explorer, is a former professional smasher from New Jersey. He was known as one of the best Melee Link players in the United States, and was also considered one of the best Project M Link players in the world. He is known for his high technical precision and development of a new Link metagame. He was one of the founding members of Rutgers Maylay as an undergraduate. Salvato was also a developer on the Project M Development Team and he is currently the lead developer of 20XX Tournament Edition.

Dan Salvato retired from playing Smash in 2015, though he has infrequently attended tournaments for Melee since, still using Link; he has since continued to work on 20XX Tournament Edition, adding in additional features such as Universal Controller Fix.

Outside of Smash, he is best known as the creator of Doki Doki Literature Club!, a 2017 visual novel that quickly gained mass popularity upon release.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Zenith 2012 May 26th-27th, 2012 33rd
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 257th
KTAR 7 July 6th-7th, 2013 7th
Zenith 2014 August 2nd-3rd, 2014 49th
Smash 'N' Splash 2 June 11th-12th, 2016 65th
Apex 2016 June 17th-19th, 2016 13th
MomoCon 2019 May 23rd-26th, 2019 25th
Frame Perfect Series 2: ONLINE September 19th, 2020 33rd
Frame Perfect Series 3: ONLINE November 7th, 2020 25th
Frame Perfect Series 4: ONLINE January 16th, 2021 33rd

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Zenith 2013 June 1st-2nd, 2013 13th
KTAR 7 July 6th-7th, 2013 9th
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 25th

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 1025th (DQ)

External links[edit]


  • Dan Salvato also speedruns various games, and currently holds two world records for Yoshi's Story.[1]
  • There is an Easter egg in Doki Doki Literature Club! referencing Project M. When the game is loading, the warning screen may say "PM died for this."
  • Dan Salvato is also the creator of FrankerFaceZ, an external Twitch emote provider.