It’s rare for me to spend a lot of time on any one game; I’m just not a huge gamer. That said, I’ve recently been picking up a few Gamecube games for my Wii, and Paper Mario TTYD blew me away.
Gameplay is fairly simple and easy; the turn-based battles are great for someone like me who won’t spend hours trying to master perfect button sequences to launch special moves. The characters are entertaining, and at times it seems more like reading a novel than playing a game, one that the writers had a lot of fun with (I’ve found myself laughing at the game more than once).
I’m about 20 hours into the game and I would consider this one of the top 3 video games I’ve ever played. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out Super Paper Mario after I finish.
Edit: I’ve long since finished the game (it took about 50 hours, I think…time well spent!) I now have several dozen Wii titles, but with the exception of Wii Sports and Trauma Center, none of them even come close to this game. (Including, unfortunately, Super Paper Mario; it was a neat idea, but the execution falls far short of Thousand Year Door). If you have a Wii or Gamecube and don’t mind reading well-written dialogue, you -need- this game.