9. The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Stakes were high when it came to anticipating what the follow up to Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask would be. We had a new, more powerful console in the GameCube, so it had to be spectacular.
Instead, it was Wind Waker.
With the benefit of hindsight, it's a bloody good game. It's better than Skyward Sword, at least.
But ho boy, it was a different scene in 2003. Metaphorical pitchforks were raised and torches were lit in droves to decry how terrible it looked, how it's a radical change for the wrong reasons, etc etc.
Granted, this is before anyone had actually played the damn game. Upon release, it's integrity as a Zelda game held up well against the backlash.
Yes, it had changes. Yes, it did look more childish than the serious tones of 'Mask and Ocarina. But it's still a corker of a game, one that people were very reticent to admit prior to getting their mitts on it.
Kudos to Nintendo for sticking to the their guns, though. It went to show that mass complaining can fall on deaf ears.