Releases

The two versions compared on this page are the following:

Region Title Release date Platform
Japan 夢工場 ドキドキパニック
Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic
7/10/1987 Famicom Disk System
USA Super Mario Bros. 2 10/1988 NES

Title screen

The Doki Doki Panic title screen has three balloons that pop and show the title logo. The Super Mario Bros. 2 title screen is devoid of animation.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
Doki Doki Panikku Super Mario Bros. 2

Story

Doki Doki Panic's animated intro sequence starts out with two kids (Piki and Poki) reading a book, when suddenly, Wart's hand pops out and pulls them into the book. After their pet monkey (Rusa) runs off to find help, the four main characters appear out of nowhere and jump into the book, one at a time.

In Super Mario Bros. 2, the intro is only two screens of text about how Mario stumbled upon a world that he previously saw in a dream.

Thus, Doki Doki Panic takes place in a book, whereas Super Mario Bros. 2 takes place in a bizarre dream world.

Character Select screen

In Doki Doki Panic, each character has their own file, and you can save your progress to the game disk. When you beat a boss, you clear the "Chapter" and return to the character select screen. If you switch to another character, you can start at Chapter 1-1 or at any Chapter that you've already cleared with that character. Super Mario Bros. 2 has no save feature, but you can pick your character before every level.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
Player change ? Please select player

Level intro

After selecting a character in DDP, the screen slides to the right to show the other open page of the book. This screen shows your character's head icon, his or her remaining lives, and the page number at the bottom, which increases with each level. For example, Chapter 7-2 is page 20. As you can see in the comparison below, SMB2's level intro screen's background design came from chopping off the left side of the book and mirroring the right side.

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Chapters Worlds

The scene shown in DDP's level intro screen is reused for every Chapter. For SMB2, the developers added three more scenes to match the various settings in the game. There's a desert scene for Worlds 2 and 6, a snow scene for World 4, and a cloud scene for World 7. SMB2 uses a modified version of DDP's scene for Worlds 1, 3, and 5.

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Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2

When restarting a level after losing a life, DDP shows the level intro screen without the scenery.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2

Pause screen

Like its level intro screen, DDP's pause screen also includes your character's head icon.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2

Bonus Chance

DDP's Bonus Chance screen is incredibly bland. SMB2 merely used its own title screen as the background, but anything is an improvement over DDP's design. The cool thing about DDP's bonus chance is that the vegetables change depending on what level you're in. This would've been neat to see in SMB2, but, oh well.

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Bonus chance (DDP) Bonus chance (SMB2)

Mariofied

These are all the items and characters that were redesigned for SMB2. The enemies were not changed, except for the boss of 5-3.

The average-skilled brother, Imajin, was changed to Mario.
The high-jumping Mama was changed to Luigi. This is the first time that Luigi is depicted taller than Mario in a game.
The long-jumping sister, Lina, was changed to Princess Toadstool.
The strong Papa was changed to Toad.
The red grass tufts were black in DDP. This explains why the vegetables you pull up in SMB2 have black grass on them.
The Magic Lamps that make doors appear were changed to Magic Potions.
The power-ups that are hidden in Sub-Space were changed from Hearts to Mushrooms.
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In DDP, the 1-Up item was your current character's head.
The blackface head named "Big Face" was changed to a turtle shell.
The mask gate was changed to a hawk design for SMB2.
The "BOM" explosion was changed to the English "BOMB."
Phanto looked less menacing in DDP.
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Mushroom Blocks were originally odd-looking Masks. For SMB2, the first mask design was split into plain and spotted blocks, the latter being used in World 5 only.
This veggie, which only appears in World 7, was also changed.

Luigi's jumps

Luigi inherited his high, floating jump from DDP's Mama, but the jump isn't exactly the same in both games. Compared to the maximum height of Mama's standing and power jumps, Luigi's standing jump is five pixels higher, and his power jump is seven pixels higher. Check out the handy chart and picture below:

Jump height (in pixels)
Mama Luigi
Standing Power Standing Power
51 89 56 96
Left side: Standing jumps
Right side: Power jumps
Mama and Luigi jumping

Size matters

Mario's small-to-Super (and vice-versa) size changes from Super Mario Bros. were brought back for Super Mario Bros. 2. In SMB2, your character shrinks when his or her life meter drops from two dots to one dot, and grows back to normal when the life meter increases from one dot to two. The characters in Doki Doki Panic do not change sizes at all.

B-dash

The player characters in DDP only have one walking speed. The "B-Button run" ability was duly added to SMB2.

Game over

After losing all your lives in DDP, you can either continue or save. Choosing to continue will take you back to the character select screen. Choosing to save will save your progress and take you back to the title screen.

Since you can't save in SMB2, your options are a bit different: Continue or retry. SMB2 gives you two continues, and if you use one, you'll start back at the first level of the current world. For example, if you lost all your lives in World 3-3, you'll continue in 3-1. Choosing to retry is like pressing Reset; you'll end up back at the title screen.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
Continue / Save Continue / Retry

Phanto

In DDP, Phanto doesn't move when you grab a Key; he waits until you leave the Key room to start flying at you. When you take a Key in SMB2, Phanto will flash, shake, then attack inside the Key room.

Increasing the challenge even further, four Phantos were added to SMB2. The Key rooms in Worlds 6-1 and 7-2 did not originally have Phantos, so one was added to each room. In Worlds 2-3 and 3-3, a Phanto was added directly above each Key. All of the added Phantos are the ones that come alive when you pick up the Key.

World 2-3:

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World 2-3's Key World 2-3's Key

World 3-3:

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World 3-3's Key World 3-3's Key

World 6-1:

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World 6-1's Key World 6-1's Key

World 7-2:

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World 7-2's Key World 7-2's Key

The Lost Mouser

Doki Doki Panic originally had three Mousers, the third one appearing at the end of World 5-3. The white Mouser was replaced by Clawgrip, a rock-throwing crab.

Bombs!

Above is a map of the third Mouser's chamber, which was completely replaced by Clawgrip and his stockpile of rocks (below). The four clumps of grass to the left of Mouser were bombs.

Rocks!

Boss HP changes

Replacing the third Mouser with Clawgrip in World 5 wasn't the only change to the bosses. In SMB2, the second Mouser is weaker (he takes five hits instead of six) and Wart is stronger (he takes six hits instead of four). As for the bosses of World 5, Mouser in DDP takes six hits, whereas Clawgrip in SMB2 takes five hits.

We've listed all the bosses and their hit points (HP) in the table below. One HP equals one hit with a bomb, Mushroom Block, vegetable, etc. Bosses are listed in order of appearance.

DDP SMB2
Boss HP Boss HP
Mouser 3 Mouser 3
Tryclyde 3 Tryclyde 3
Mouser 6 Mouser 5
Fryguy (big) 3 Fryguy (big) 3
Mouser 6 Clawgrip 5
Tryclyde 3 Tryclyde 3
Wart 4 Wart 6

Stargazing

Worlds 2-1 and 6-2 have a repeating star pattern in the sky. In SMB2, the pattern's starting point was shifted to the right by 96 pixels (6 blocks).

World 2-1:

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Chapter 2-1 World 2-1

World 6-2:

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Chapter 6-2 World 6-2

World 4-1

A power-up was added near the beginning of World 4-1.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
W4-1 Mushroom W4-1 Mushroom

Thanks: Sam L.

World 5-3

Two tiles of sand were removed under the warp vase platform in World 5-3. As a result of this change, Luigi is the only character in SMB2 who can power jump to the platform. In DDP, all four characters can start on the sand and curve a power jump around the ledge to reach the top.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
DDP W5-3 SMB2 W5-3

World 6-3

World 6-3's secret shortcut takes you to a cloud platform near the pyramid entrance. Taking the shortcut is a bit riskier in SMB2, where the door was moved further away and three small cloud platforms were added in between. See below for a mini-map comparison.

Doki Doki Panic:

DDP W6-3 shortcut

Super Mario Bros. 2:

SMB2 W6-3 shortcut

Thanks: Kevin C.

World 7-1

At the end of the second area of World 7-1, the highest cloud platform was removed, and the gray Snifit was moved to the nearest column on the left. Also, the tall column-and-ladder combo was moved to the right.

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DDP W7-1 SMB2 W7-1

We're guessing these changes were made because every character in DDP can jump from the Snifit and go over the tall column to avoid going through the cloud-maze section in the middle. After the changes, only Luigi and Princess can make the jump.

World 7-2

Wart's castle entrance is a bit different in SMB2. The windows are slightly taller, while the door is shorter with a fully rounded top.

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DDP: Wart's castle SMB2: Wart's castle

The conveyor belts were redesigned and look a bit darker.

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DDP SMB2

Wart's room has redesigned red blocks in SMB2.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
DDP: Wart's blocks SMB2: Wart's blocks

Endings

To see the full ending in DDP, you must defeat Wart with all four characters. Until then, the ending only shows your character releasing the Sub-Cons from the vase. DDP's full ending starts with Wart being carried off, then Piki and Poki are freed from a cage. After the staff credits roll, Piki, Poki, and the four heroes jump out of the book and back into the kids' room.

In SMB2, the ending is the same every time: Your character releases the Sub-Cons, Wart is carried off, then the cast of characters scrolls by while Mario snores away in bed.

After releasing the Sub-Cons, DDP thanks your character and tells you to set Side A of the disk, which will take you back to the title screen.

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The four heroes of DDP stand and wave on top of the cage. SMB2 shows how many levels each character cleared and names the top contributor.

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2

DDP's staff credits were replaced with SMB2's cast of characters.

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The End!

Doki Doki PanicSuper Mario Bros. 2
Oshimai. The End

Character names

The following names come from the DDP and SMB2 manuals.

Doki Doki Panic Super Mario Bros. 2
Name Rōmaji Translation Name
トンドルDondoruDondoruAlbatoss
ターボンTābonTābonAutobomb
トンダリヤ赤Tondariya AkaTondariya RedBeezo - Red
トンダリヤグレーTondariya GurēTondariya GrayBeezo - Pink
ボブBobuBobBob-Omb
ガラゲーロGaragēroGaragēroCobrat
ターペンTāpenTāpenHoopster
ハックンAHakkun AHakkun ANinji - 1
ハックンBHakkun BHakkun BNinji - 2
ダウチョDauchoDauchoOstro
ポンキーPonkīPonkīPanser
カメーンKamēnKamēnPhanto
ドドリゲスDodorigesuDodorigesuPidgit
サンボSanboSanboPokey
ハリマンネンHarimannenHarimannenPorcupo
ヘイホーピンクHeihō PinkuHeihō PinkShyguy - Pink
ヘイホー赤Heihō AkaHeihō RedShyguy - Red
ムーチョグレーMūcho GurēMūcho GraySnifit - Gray
ムーチョピンクMūcho PinkuMūcho PinkSnifit - Pink
ムーチョ赤Mūcho AkaMūcho RedSnifit - Red
トトスTotosuTotosuTrouter
Bosses
キャサリンKyasarinCatherineBirdo
ヒーボーボーHībōbōHībōbōFryguy
ドン・チュルゲDon ChurugeDon ChurugeMouser
ガブチョGabuchoGabuchoTryclyde
マムーMamūMamūWart
Redesigned characters
ママMamaMamaLuigi
イマジンImajinImajinMario
リーナRīnaLinaPrincess Toadstool
パパPapaPapaToad
Notes
  • The DDP manual shows a pink Beezo, but calls it "gray."
  • Flurry, Spark, and Tweeter are shown in the SMB2 manual, but not in the DDP manual.
  • Wart's Japanese name "Mamū" comes from muma, which is Japanese for "nightmare."
  • Since Clawgrip was a new boss for SMB2, he did not get a Japanese name until Super Mario USA.

Item names

The following names come from the DDP and SMB2 manuals.

Doki Doki Panic Super Mario Bros. 2
Name Rōmaji Translation Name
バクダンBakudanBombBomb
チェリーCherīCherriesCherries
メダルMedaruMedalCoin
水晶玉SuishōdamaCrystal BallCrystal Ball
カギKagiKeyKey
POWPOWPOWPOW
小さいハートChiisai HātoSmall HeartSmall Heart
HoshiStarStarman
ストップウォッチStoppu WotchiStopwatchStopwatch
はずれ野菜Hazure YasaiUnripened VegetableUnripened Vegetable
野菜YasaiVegetableVegetable
Redesigned items
1UP1UP1UP1 UP
魔法のランプMahō no RanpuMagic LampMagic Potion
ハートHātoHeartMushroom
マスクMasukuMaskMushroom Block
ビッグフェイスBiggu FeisuBig FaceTurtle Shell

Animation changes

  • In Doki Doki Panic, not many items were animated. For example, there are no animation frames for Cherries, POW Blocks, vines, grass, Crystal Balls, Bomb fuses, water, cloud platforms, and spikes; these were all animated for SMB2.
  • The Albatoss enemy in DDP has fewer animation frames than its SMB2 counterpart.
  • Waterfalls flow very quickly in DDP and were slowed down for SMB2.

Audible changes

In Doki Doki Panic:

  • The "character select" and "aboveground" music is shorter
  • The Starman and Sub-space background music is different
  • 1-Ups make "finish level reward fanfare" noise
  • Enemies make different noises when picked up or thrown
  • Birdo makes different noises
  • Rockets make different noises
  • POW Blocks make different noises
  • Cherries make a different noise when collected
  • Doors and potions make different noises
  • Mask gates make different noises
  • Your character makes different noises when hit
  • Whales' waterspouts make different gushing noises
  • The Stopwatch's noise is slightly different