Sorry, Aonuma... but Ocarina of Time is still as good as I think it is, and you're not convincing me of otherwise!
I'm in the process of beating Phantom Hourglass, so far it's only so-so (my first handheld Zelda). It's playing way too slow for me, between dungeon repeats and sailing around in waters (argh, damn timesinks). I really hope they've gotten rid of some of this in the next.
Well, there is an equivalent ot the Temple of the Ocean King, but you can skip any part of it that you've already done if that tickles your fancy.