Sonic Creator Confirms Michael Jackson Composed Music For Sonic 3

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An artwork from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 depicting Sonic standing atop Tails’ red biplane as he hovers above some clouds.

What a way to break news, huh? On Twitter, sonic the hedgehog creator Yuji Naka said the quiet part out loud: Michael Jackson definitely, totally composed music for the 1994 Sega Genesis game, sonic the hedgehog 3. Sadly, Naka followed confirmation that this long-standing myth is genuine fact with a bittersweet reveal: The tracks the King of Pop worked on have been replaced in the just-released Sound origins remaster from Sonic 3. Yeah, that’s a disappointment.

It has always been “allegedly” and “allegedly” that the problematic pop musician was involved in Sonic 3. Jackson had a close relationship with Sega, after all, lending his talents to games like the Moonwalker by Michael Jackson beat ’em ups and the rhythm action game Channel 5 space. Apparently Jackson was hired for Sonic 3development of composing music, but left the project seemingly in the wake of the 1993 child abuse allegations and has not been credited since. Of course Jackson composer and musical director Brad Buxer spilled the tea in 2009, saying that one possible reason Jackson was uncredited was because “He was unhappy with the resulting sound coming out of the console.” But now we have another line under the declaration of the Sonic creator himself. You can’t get a lighter cut than this.

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“Do Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have a different song,” Naka questioned in a June 23 tweet. He then responded to that question by saying, “Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though Sega Official uses music by Michael Jackson.

So which tracks have been replaced in Sound originsSega’s remastered bundle with the four first Sonic platforms, and what have they been replaced by? GameXplain released a great video on June 21 breaking it all down, but the TLDR is the music for three of the game’s areas – Carnival Night, Ice Cap, and Launch Base – is completely different in Sound originsSonic 3. Instead of the funky, rhythmic, and obviously Jackson cuts found in the original, what we get in this remaster are remixed versions of the songs used in the game’s prototype. The same prototype that ended up becoming the 1997 PC port for Sonic 3 and Knuckles. It’s not that they are bad. They mostly sound like elevator music.

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When reached for comment via Twitter DM, Naka sent Kotaku the tweet below, saying “it’s a shame that the music for Sonic 3 has been changed.”

Kotaku has contacted Sega for comment.

So. Michael Jackson composed music for Sonic 3. It’s a shame, because the tracks Jackson wrote aren’t just the danceable tunes he’s known for, but their pounding energy also matched the frenetic speed of the game. But it’s also understandable that Sega doesn’t want to associate the game to such a sexy musician, especially in light of 2019. Leaving Neverland documentary.

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