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Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: Table

Number of players: 1-10
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
$? 5500
Sega Master System
£24.95[1] MK-5500-50
Sega Master System
?F MK-5500-50
Sega Master System
DM ? MK-5500-50
Sega Master System
?Ptas MK-5500-50

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For the Mega Drive game, see Monopoly (Mega Drive).

Monopoly is a licensed game based upon the Monopoly board game, and was developed by Nexa and published by Sega for the Sega Master System. Up to 10 players can play in a single game, any of whom can be computer-controlled. The cartridge features a battery back-up RAM, so games can be saved and resumed later.

Strangely, it's probably the only Western-developed title on the system to feature a Sega Mark III logo if booted on a Japanese system, although it's a slightly crude-looking logo in comparison to the original.

Another Monopoly game was released for the Mega Drive in 1992, published by Parker Brothers who also manufacture the board game.



Monopoly was the first Master System game to be developed in the US in an attempt to capture the mood of the American public, who at this point were greatly favouring Nintendo's rival console, the NES, over Sega and their Master System. All previous games, despite sometimes being localised, were developed by Sega and other companies within Japan, although ironically the project originally started with Chinese developers at the helm.

Development on Monopoly took about six months - three months in Nexa were brought on-board to "save" the project after initial testing was not considered to be up to Sega's standards. It was also released at least twice in the US - initial print runs (identifiable by incorrect use of a capital "P") contained an Easter egg programmed by Kevin Seghetti, which Sega had Nexa remove shortly after launch.

Production credits

  • Project Leader: R. Anton Widjaja
  • Programmers: Steve Hanawa[2], Bill Chau, Jinda Pan, Kevin T. Seghetti, Scott L. Statton
  • Artists: Dan Guerra, Tim Dunn

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 №16, p77[3]
69 №1, p62[4]
69 №4, p101[5]
64 №13, p51[6]
88 №8, p24[7]
80 №23, p58
69 №4, p19[8]
Sega Master System
Based on
7 reviews

Master System, US
Monopoly SMS US cover.jpg
Monopoly SMS US Cart.jpg
Monopoly sms us manual.pdf
SegaAdventure SMS US Poster Back.jpgSegaAdventure SMS US Poster Front.jpg
Master System, EU
Monopoly SMS EU cover.jpg
Master System, EU
"No Limits" variant
Monopoly SMS EU nolimits cover.jpg
Master System, SE


  1. File:ACE UK 16.pdf, page 76
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  3. File:ACE UK 16.pdf, page 77
  4. File:CompleteGuideToConsoles_UK_01.pdf, page 62
  5. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 101
  6. File:TGM UK 13.pdf, page 51
  7. File:StheSegaMagazine UK 08.pdf, page 24
  8. File:SegaPro UK 04.pdf, page 19