He never said it made the game worse neither dude. But I do agree gameplay was better in MM, not just cuz of the masks, even the skills are better. For instance (small example) when Link jumps he actually does a variety of flips or manuevers where as in OoT it was very plain when it came to jumping.
OoT is better in my opinion storyline wise. MM is better gameplay and music wise. Might not say the same if we ever got the chance to play the first version of OoT (not the demo, not pre beta, but the first completed game that was never released and later remade into the OoT we all know now).
There is much more than 30 seconds with Zelda in AoL, and there only needs to be a little bit of time for LoZ since its the end of the game. Zelda wasnt actually in MM, thats all Mases said, I dont see how you got because she wasnt actually in the story its not part of the series.