Hey, i dont particularly like the game, but you just proved his point. By the time those websites and google pages came out, zelda had been established. But, when it was first released there was no established zelda plot or mechanics, they were trying something different (alot of games from that time were still fresh ideas, not lost on the clones/remakes/expectations of this era of gaming) and people liked it. Final fantasy was new, platformers were relatively new. None of these genres were at their peaks yet.
The type of gameplay style zelda 2 used was quite unique and gamers of the time were not quick to give up on a game because of its difficulty. Those were the games we played back then. There was not as many choices as there is now. You view this through skewed eyes, hes right to call what you say revisionist history.