Zelda II is the best Zelda game because that's the one I played as a child and no amount of reason or logic will dissuade me from this absolute truth. When I think of the zelda franchise 'II' is the first game that comes to mind. And when I think of 'II' I think of the game over screen, because I saw it constantly.
I'm currently playing through the new Zelda. All I can say is; if you have a 3DS you should pick it up. Seriously.
Did a little more work and submitted it to a contest on dorkly