GameInformer have done a little retrospective video discussing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, as part of their Zelda 25th Anniversary celebrations. You can't embed the 10 minute video, so here's a link:
I agree entirely with their sentiments regarding not being able to explore the Hyrule below the sea, I personally found that aspect very disappointing, simply because the game could have done with being a touch longer. According to Miyamoto, memory size put an end to quite a few ideas they had at the time, although I do recall the DS games included a few of these ideas in stripped down form.
Did the face stabbing at the end seem shocking to you?. To be perfectly frank, I didn't even bat an eye-lid, I certainly didn't think, "OMG!, Nintendo condones stabbing dudes in the face!". I thought it looked great from a cinematic perspective, Nintendo clearly knows how to make stabbing dudes in the face look cute.
Would you use the games awesome intro music at your wedding?...I think it's a great choice, It's easy to see how it would work very well.
I personally look back at Wind Waker very fondly, do you also?.