...Screws up this one? Had his fun experimenting? Poor by Zelda standards?
You do realize that he's only once made a mainline Zelda game with a lower score than a 90 on Metacritic, right? (If you consider Spirit Tracks - 87 - as mainline)
Skyward Sword is a 93.
Twilight Princess is a 95.
A Link Between Worlds is a 91.
Wind Waker (My favorite) is a flipping 96!
Majora's Mask - 95.
Phantom Hourglass - 90
...And let's not forget the one that started his legacy - Ocarina of Time at an astounding 99.
Everything the guy touches is gold. Shigeru Miyamoto? No, Aonuma deserves way more credit. He had his fun experimenting!? HA! Experiment the hell away.
His newest games may not be your cup of tea, but they sure as hell are everyone elses.
And for the record, I personally think Skyward Sword and Wind Waker are better games than Ocarina of Time. Get at me.
Wind Waker is my all time favorite game. I think Aonuma has the capability to do great work, but his vision for the Zelda series has sucked badly in my opinion.
Twilight Princess is my least favorite console zelda. It's boring, padded, slow, and feels like a retread.
Skyward Sword is almost worse than twilight princess. It has my two favorite dungeons in the Zelda series, but other than that it is not all that great.
The DS games are absolutely awful. Both of them are borderline unplayable.
That being said, I know that he can make good Zelda. Everything before Twilight Princess is god tier. ALBW is also pretty good so far. I do believe he can make a fantastic game, but a lot of his later work is poor.