What a way to bring some news, right? On Twitter, Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Yuji Naka said the quiet part out loud: Michael Jackson definitely composed some music for the 1994 Sega Genesis game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Unfortunately, Naka followed up on the confirmation that this long-standing myth is a good fact with a bittersweet revelation: The tracks that King of Pop worked on have been replaced in the one just released Sonic Origins remaster of Sonic 3. Yes, it’s a cruelty.
It has always been “alleged” and “apparent” that the troubled deceased pop musician was involved in Sonic 3. After all, Jackson had a close relationship with Sega, and borrowed his talents for games like Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker beat ’em ups and the rhythm action game Space Channel 5. Apparently, Jackson was hired below Sonic 3its development to compose music, but left the project apparently in the wake of 1993 accusations of child abuse and has been uncredited since then. Sure, Jacksons composer and musical director Brad Buxer spilled tea in 2009, and said that one possible reason Jackson was not credited was because “he was not happy with the resulting sound coming out of the console.” But now we have another line under the statement from Sonic the creator himself. You can not be more clear than this.
“Do Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have another song, “Naka asked in a tweet on June 23. Then he answered this question and said: “My God, the music Sonic 3 has changed, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music. “
So, which tracks have been replaced in Sonic OriginsSega’s remastered package with the first four Sonic platform players, and what are they replaced with? GameXplain released a great video on June 21st that breaks it all down, but TLDR is the music for three of the game’s zones – Carnival Night, Ice Cap and Launch Base – is completely different in Sonic Origins‘ Sonic 3. Instead of the funky, rhythmic, obviously Jackson cuts found in the original, what we get in this remaster is remixed versions of songs used in the game’s prototype. The same prototype that ended up being the 1997 PC port for Sonic 3 & Knuckles. It’s not that they’re bad. They just sound mostly like elevator music.
When he was reached for comment via Twitter DMs, Naka posted Kotaku tweet below, saying “it’s unfortunate that the music for Sonic 3 was changed. “
Kotaku has contacted Sega for comment.
There you have it. Michael Jackson composed music for Sonic 3. It’s a shame, because the tracks Jackson wrote are not only the danceable songs he is known for, but their throbbing energy also matched the game’s frenetic speed. But it’s also understandable that Sega may not want the game associated with such a sussy musician, especially in light of 2019 Leaving Neverland documentary.