I think the changes in Zelda games over the years are a good illustration of how game design and people's expectations changed over the years.Now the Ice Cavern, this is much better! Where was this helpful info from Navi earlier, didn't struggle at all and made sure to keep a couple of Blue Fire Bottles (lucky really as I unfroze King Zora) and now on to the dreaded Water Temple!
Already I see an issue with the Boots and pausing the game
Its really interesting to me to see people talk about "helpful info from Navi" when at the time people hated Navi for making things too helpful and too easy. I think trial and error and sometimes not knowing what to do was just more accepted at the time OOT came out (although not as much as when the original Zelda or Zelda 2 came out, some things in those games are wayyyy more cryptic than anything in OOT).