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

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Monopoly
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher:
Developer:
Licensor:
Parker Brothers, Hasbro
Genre: Table































Number of players: 1-10
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
US
$? 5500
Sega Master System
UK
£24.95More...[1] MK-5500-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-5500-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-5500-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-5500-50
Sega Master System
CS
450 CSK ?



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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.

History

Development

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


Magazine articles

Main article: Monopoly/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 More...[3]
69 More...[4]
69 More...[5]
64 No results[6]
88 More...[7]
80 More...[8]
69 More...[9]
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73
Based on
7 reviews

Master System, US
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Cover
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Cart
Monopoly sms us manual.pdf
Manual
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Poster
Master System, EU
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Cover
Master System, EU
"No Limits" variant
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Cover
Master System, SE

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 026D94A4
MD5 F2D360F60ACD4CA1E50AB301E20DE581
SHA-1 6BAD7176011DD4BBD007498D167399DAACDE173D
128kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 69538469
MD5 B887836983FCCB5EC706630CF835939F
SHA-1 8DD7BB4F666F70F7F57687823D0068C9100AF8E5
128kB Cartridge (US)

References


Monopoly games for Sega systems/published by Sega
Sega Master System
Monopoly (1988)
Sega Mega Drive
Monopoly (1992)
Arcade
Monopoly The Medal (2005) | Monopoly The Medal: 2nd Edition (2008)