Surprisingly ahead of its time...
Compelling storyline, solid but not overly complex RPG elements, interesting (dated by today's standards but not then) fighter-game aspects.
That cheesy ying-yang-in-a-box thingy you have to do every time you advance in level.
The Bottom Line
Believe it or not, this is one of my favorite games of all time. In all aspects, this game pales in comparison to any RPG today, but it has something that even RPGs of today lack (IMHO), which is it's ability to create a compelling, cohesive game environment. It's not necessarily believable, nor is it expansive (you can probably finish the game in a week tops), but it managed to capture that elusive fun factor that's missing from a lot of games. The sequel, WindWalker, was technically a more interesting game, but oddly not as fun for me.