It's funny you mention your favourite video games are The Thousand-Year Door and The Wind Waker because last summer two different friends of mine let me borrow the games and I played them in unison. Nothing better than coming home from school early after exams and playing those two games! :D
Was it your first time through the game? I beat it about a week ago and it was my first time playing it. Like you with Super Paper Mario, Tales of the Abyss left a huge mark on my life and easily became my favourite video game ever. I can't wait to play more games in the series!