That article was pretty much spot on!
I don't really know though which game is better, the first Zelda or A Link to the Past. At some point I used to think aLttP is better but now the article made me appreciate Zelda 1 like I used to.
It's amazing how unique the world in Zelda 1 feels. It really feels way more open than in later games, and it definitely feels way more mysterious. Damn, even the very first screen is amazing. You can go which ever direction you like and there is already a mystery cave to give a tease for the later possible caves to be found. The player isn't told to go in a certain place. The world just is there and you can find A place, not THE place. A Link to the Past forced you to go to the castle. Zelda 1 doesn't force you to go anywhere.
I never really got into Majora's mask, despite how others say it's so good. It just seemed like Ocarina only convoluted time-sensitive npc sidequests and TIMELIMIT DUN NUN NUN. HURRY HURRY HURRY
I've never played Majora's Mask. The whole mask whing was the first thing to put my interest down. Then I found out about the time thing. The concept is pretty good. I like the fact that there is a game that goes a bit like Groundhog Day, but I started to feel frustrated when I thought about it more. When I add that to the whole mask thing, it just makes my interest fall into zero.
But damn, I'd like to test that game just because of that music.
I'd love to play a not-elf game with not-mask-animal thing going on that has this feeling of time ending and this music playing.