by Joseph Leray
Show of hands: who remembers "N" or Metanet Software? Way back in Ye Olden Days of 2004, Metanet released "N," a physics-enabled ninja platforming game. It was popular for a time, eventually warranting the release of "N+" to Xbox Live Arcade, the DS, and the PSP.
You could also argue that "N" paved the way for future platformers like Team Meat's "Super Meat Boy," games that focused on speed, precision, and quick, brutal death."N" may feel barebones in comparison, but it's one of the most successful and longest-running Flash-based games I can think of. A whopping eight years into things, Metanet have released "N" 2.0.