YMMV / Doki Doki Panic

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Mama was simply an Action Mom, and her character was replaced with Luigi. Surprisingly, a few years later, the animated version of Super Mario World launched an episode called "Mama Luigi", which would later become an internet meme thanks to various YouTube Poop videos.
    • Imajin was originally The Mario of this game. Guess who replaced him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The 1 UPs in this game were the head of your chosen character. SMB2 changed this to a type of mushroomnote . Also, the hawk-like mask gate at the end of each stage was originally a slightly scary tiki-like mask. World 7's vegetables were mean-looking, and the mushroom blocks were menacing masks.
    • Inverted with Phanto, who looked like a generic opera mask in this game. Strangely enough, the instruction manuals for Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Advance, as well as Phanto's appearance in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, would use the original Doki Doki Panic design.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Thanks to Nintendo. It's not quite as polished as the game people know today, but it's still SMB2 at it's core.
  • Values Dissonance: The turtle shell of SMB2 was a Blackface Shrunken Head called "Big Face" in this game, which was much more acceptable in Japan than it would be in America.