I really could not get into this game. Not as a kid, not even now. I just plain hate it.
And I didn't even find out about the whole Super Mario Bros. 2 is Doki Doki Panic bullshit for the longest time.
The game is just too different, and just plain wierd for my tastes. Mario can't even kill enemies by jumping on them anymore. I couldn't stand that throwing items crap either. I usually don't hate on Mario, but I sure do have a nasty place in my heart for this title.