I can tell Dulfite started on the Zelda series during the Gamecube era. That or he started with the Zelda games of the 2000s. Seeing Skyward Sword so far above A Link to The Past is painful but an opinion I guess. Honestly, the two franchises for me are kinda close.
Final Fantasy IV, V and VI are all amazing and should be played.
Final Fantasy VII should be played as well. It is not as good as the SNES trilogy but it is definitely just a bit below it.
The NES Final Fantasy games are all over the place.
I is amazing if you like NES RPGs. II is not worth playing. III is good but nothing special.
Final Fantasy IX is good but nothing special. I haven't played VIII yet since the darn game requires me to buy new hardware and the PC version is broken.
I started with A Link to the Past actually on the SNES. Then, I think, my second game was Oracle of Ages/Seasons. I didn't really play OoT as a kid (I find it kind of scary) so I kind of stopped playing Zelda games until Twilight Princess came out and got re-interested in the series. As I explained earlier, and I think I have an article on it I should just link, SS had the best story of any Zelda game to me as I love backstory and origins.
Yeah I'm not sure I will play FF 1 and 2 as I've heard they are hard to like, similarly, I can't ever play the first couple Zelda games either as I can't stand NES games. SNES games are gems, though!