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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.
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.
Project Leader: R. Anton Widjaja
Programmers:Steve Hanawa, Bill Chau, Jinda Pan, Kevin T. Seghetti, Scott L. Statton