I still argue that LA has a better narrative. It's more akin to Metroid in that it doesn't need consistent dialogue. Plus, the owl makes a good ominous character there. Owl statues solidify it further.
And canon is definitely important if you want anyone to take your game's story seriously. That timeline is one of the worst things done to the Zelda series and I'll be damned if the upcoming Zelda games are devoted to tying that catastrophe together with them.
I like blaming MM's flaws on shorter dev time.