GS writes: Like many modern great video game companies, Konami got its start far away from the game development industry. Started in 1969 as a jukebox company in Japan, it only took a few years for the company to transition to manufacturing arcade cabinets rather than jukeboxes. From there, the company took off relatively quickly, moving from developing their first arcade game in 1978 to developing their first computer games only for years later. Konami survived the video game crash of the early 1980s due in large part to its focus on its Japanese market; when Nintendo saved the industry, Konami was ready and waiting to develop for Nintendo’s new Famicom system, later released in the United States as the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was on this console that the company made a name for itself, releasing such now-famous titles as Metal Gear, Contra, Gradius, and Castlevania. That was only the beginning for Konami, though, as the company would go on to develop dozens and dozens of other hit games over the next couple of decades. Of all the game development companies active today, perhaps none have developed as many hit games as Konami, and indeed, Konami is the largest company I will be discussing in this list series as other companies — such as Nintendo, Sega, and Vivendi — are better analyzed through their individual subsidiaries’ game libraries. Due to Konami’s size, I will be restricting items on this list to one game per series.