One of the best Zelda games in the series.
I feel like the newer Zelda games and similar franchises (Twilight Princess or Super Marion Galaxies) really have toned down the difficulty and depth to appeal to newer and younger players. This is much unlike Links Awakening and the older Super Mario games as they give no room for error. And thus, when you actually defeat a boss or make it pass some barrier, you're proud of yourself for doing so.
Overall, I think it would be safe to say that if all Zelda's were like Link's Awakening or Ocarina of Time, gamers would be praising every entry into the series.
Play this game! Even if you have to download an emulator to do so!