Yuji Naka confirms that Michael Jackson wrote music for Sonic 3

It has long been a game myth that Michael Jackson wrote music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and sparked long-standing rumors about which parts of the soundtrack he was involved in.

Now Sonic creator Yuji Naka has confirmed that Michael Jackson actually wrote music for the game.

“Does Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have another song?” he tweeted out of the blue. “Oh my God, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.”

Sonic Origins, the new collection of Sonic games, was confirmed not to use the original soundtrack. It was suspected that this was due to the ongoing speculation about royalties with Jackson’s property.

Instead, the collection uses new arrangements from composer Jun Senoue.

Creative Officer Takashi Iizuka confirmed the same to Eurogamer: “When we go back and try to recreate all these games from over 30 years ago, you get a lot of old data that is not really usable. And music was one of those things – we had to dig up the old DAT tapes to get the music that was on all these games, and Jun Senoue went in and had to recreate in a modern format the music that they could put on for Sonic 3 and Knuckles as a final product. ”

Naka has even tweeted a photo taken from Jackson’s home when the team visited. “It’s pretty faded,” he admits. “I miss it”.

Sega is said to have dropped Jackson from Sonic 3 after allegations of child abuse, although fans believe that the music he composed remains in the original version of the game and was worked on by Jackson’s producers instead.

Naka’s tweet is an important admission in this long-standing rumor.