yeah, haven't gotten to a BAD zelda game, then again never had a CD-I either...
So you're saying that if your favorite game is AoL, then you are not a true Zelda fan? Why is that? Even though it didn't seem like a Zelda game to you, it left a lasting impact on the series. Where would we be if it hadn't introduced the magic system, Dark Link, or the Triforce of Courage. My favorite Zelda game is ALttP, but the reason that game is so great is because it combined elements from the first two games, thus perfecting the "Zelda formula". In conclusion, AoL is just as important to the series as any other game.
The original LOZ is by far the worst. It is technologically, gameplay wise and graphically inferior to every other zelda.