MM is rated to low
But none surpass Link's Awakening, aside from OoT, of course.
Every aspect of OoT surpasses MM aside from sidequests.
Actually, many npc's didn't react to the 3 day limit. It's mostly restricted to Clock Town, and even then behavior is inconsistent.
Additionally, the fact npc's are mostly recycled from OoT give it an "it was all a dream" effect. I still can't tell if it was canon or no.
"It was all a dream" worked in favor of LA now that I think about it. It was appropriate though.
MM is probably the best story telling in the entire LoZ series.
Also SMB2 was only a dream and SMB3 was just a play by some accounts, not that it makes a difference either way.