I think a lot of older games are better without having to deal with nostalgia. Super Metroid would easily be in my top 10, but I only played it this summer.
It's interesting, I never really got on with Super Metroid, yet I loved the Prime games, Symphony of the Night and Metroid 2 and Fusion. (Never played the NES one)
But as I edited in my post, Nintendo will have suffered from a much lower presence in the 8 and 16 bit days in the UK compared with other parts of the world.