wow you've never played lttp? That's probably why. IMO lttp was the best zelda game ever made. The puzzles were smart and worked well without being reused over and over. The pacing was absolutely perfect. The script was great. Very cute.
The world was big enough, without being overwhelming.
It was a perfect game.
Doesn't even come close. Tedious, longwinded, self-referential. Ocarina is a great game, don't get me wrong, but in my opinion, if I wanted to give you a good example of what I think of lttp, it's a good 10 points over ocarina.
In the realm of greatest games, it's up there with:
Super mario 3, Super Metroid, and final fantasy tactics