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.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: The original Mario-style prototype demonstrated the vertical scrolling as in the final game, but also emphasized simultaneous two-player co-op. With Fuji TV's approval encouraging the greenlight, the game was made into a single-player experience, and the lifting and throwing mechanic meant to be done to other player was applied to other situations to make the gameplay more interesting to develop. This was not re-envisioned for the Mario series until New Super Mario Bros. Wii.