What a way to break the news, huh? Yuji Naka, the developer of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for the Sega Genesis, confirmed that Michael Jackson composed some music for the 1994 game. After confirming that this long-running rumor is true, Naka revealed that the King of Pop’s tracks had been changed in the just-released Sonic Origins remaster of Sonic 3, which was recently released. Well, that’s a shame.
According to rumors, the controversial late pop singer was somehow linked with Sonic 3. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker beat ’em ups and Space Channel 5 were both developed by Sega, which had a tight relationship with Jackson. Apparently, Jackson was engaged to produce music for Sonic 3 during its development, but he quit the project in the aftermath of the 1993 child abuse allegations and has never been credited for his work.
Composer and musical director Brad Buxer did spill the beans in 2009, stating that Jackson might have been left off of the credits because “He wasn’t happy with the resulting sound coming out of the console.” However, the man who created Sonic has added another sentence to his remark. This is as cut and dry as it gets.
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During a June 23 tweet, Naka inquired, “Does Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have a different song?” This was his response: “Oh my god, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music,” in response to the query. Sega’s remastered collection of Sonic’s first four platformers, Sonic Origins, has a number of music that have been removed or changed.
Sonic 3’s Zones Carnival Night, Ice Cap, and Launch Base have completely different music in Sonic Origins’ Sonic 3 than they did in Sonic 2’s Sonic 2. This remaster features remixes of songs from the game’s prototype instead of Jackson’s original funky, rhythmic, and clearly recognizable cuts. Sonic 3 & Knuckles was ported to the PC in 1997, and this was the original prototype used for it. The problem isn’t with them. They resemble elevator music the majority of the time.
When asked for a response, Naka sent the following statement to Kotaku over Twitter DMs: “it is unfortunate that the music for Sonic 3 was changed.”
It’s all here. Sonic 3 has music by Michael Jackson. It’s too bad because the songs Jackson wrote weren’t just the danceable tunes he’s known for; their thumping energy also fit the game’s fast pace. However, in light of the upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland, it’s reasonable that Sega might not want the game to be associated with such a tense singer. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily