If you've ever wondered why recent Zelda games have been a little easier than they used to be, consider the man in charge of the series, Eiji Aonuma. Who has never finished the first Zelda.
"I've never actually finished it," Aonuma told Game Informer. "I almost feel like there's still no game more difficult than it. Every time I try to play it I end up getting 'Game Over' a few too many times and giving up partway through. Certainly after playing the original Zelda for the first time, I didn't ever think that I wanted to make a game like that."
So why did he? The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past changed his mind, as "That sense of exploration of the world itself was really where I latched on to the series."
No shame in that! I've never finished the first Zelda either. Or the second. For the same reason. I play the game for the adventure, not the difficulty, so it's good to see the man responsible for the series has the same outlook!