1. When I had my first glance at Paper Mario back in 2001, I laughed at it and brushed it off. But once I actually started to learn more and more about the game, I got really interested in it. I remember going to Wal-Mart one day with my mom to buy it and the old guy at the electronics section telling me rather nonchalantly that they didn't have it and he didn't know when they were going to get more in. I was actually kinda upset (I was just a second-grader back then, but still!). Then a week later, I remember mom telling me to be absolutely sure to look under our living room couch when I got home from school. I did, and there it was, and I was ecstatic--and I enjoyed everything that game had to offer. To this day, I still replay the game every now and again. In fact, I have a file in progress that I started a couple weeks ago--as a sophomore in college, and in spite of having beaten the game at least four or five times, I'm still having fun with it.
2. I thought I was going to love Sonic Heroes. Heh.
3. I haven't really done a whole lot of gaming with this generation to be honest, but I really liked WarioWare: Smooth Moves.