In a new conversation Doki Doki Literature Club creator Dan Salvato has discussed the various sources of inspiration for the game, and Yume Nikki was in between. In addition, the developer also joked about how Monika would behave if she were included in Super Smash Bros Ultimate as character. [Thanks, PC Invasion!]
Editor’s Note: There will be no Doki Doki Literature Club spoilers below.
When it came down to it Yume Nikki and the effect it had on Doki Doki Literature Club, Salvato noted that it was more of an inspiration to the atmosphere and feel. He also quoted games like Riven and Eversion as inspiration for him.
The anime/dating sim side was inspired by my broad experience with anime and visual novels, as well as my observations of western anime culture as a whole. As for the horror, I’ve drawn from a wide variety of emotional experiences I’ve had over time with games and technology. Yume Nikki and Eversion were two influential games – not because of their literal content, but because of the feeling they gave me. There are also other funny influences, such as my childhood memories of feeling like I crawled out when the CD tray opened automatically when traveling between islands. Riven, and the disturbing grinding noise my Amiga’s disc made when there was a disc read error.
As for the reference to how Monika van Doki Doki Literature Club would behave SSBU if she ever appeared, Salvato talked about her potential “Final Smash.”
[Monika] you’d lecture on how she’s not going to spoil her lead role just for a cool attack, and you’d die of disappointment.
Doki Doki Literature Club is available for PCs, while Doki Doki Literature Club Plus is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
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