I don't remember these games being as hard as they fucking are.
I'm playing OoS which is supposedly the easier of the two, and it's kicking my ass. Not only is getting around the world frustrating, but the dungeons are confusingly designed and over-complicated. Each screen of this game, whether in a dungeon or out, requires some menu item switching to get through and its driving me nuts.
Now, I've never beaten Ages. I've gotten to Onox in Seasons but never beaten him, so I can only speak for most of Seasons, but this game is ridiculously contrived. Link's Awakening was a far more pleasant experience.
Playing it is reminding me a lot of The Minish Cap, which is also a frustrating game to explore the overworld in. Phantom Hourglass is almost a fun experience next to these games.
Now, having said that, it's still ridiculously addicting and nostalgic and I'm having lots of frustrating fun.