I loved Wind Waker
. It nearly ruined my nonexistent career as a writer, and I fully expect Twilight Princess
to finish the job. But Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto says Wind Waker just wasn't good enough for him, and that LoZ: TP will blow it out of the water.
ZeldaLegends.net is your source for Zelda Continuity and Storyline Theory. ZeldaUniverse.net has more, including a page about Wind Waker.
Still a Zelda novice? Wikipedia is your friend.
Windows users: you can download the original Legend of Zelda for play on your computer. NOTE: This may be questionably legal.
(Original Miyamoto article via Slashdot