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Sonic 3 Creator confirms that Michael Jackson wrote the game’s music

A piece of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 artwork showing Sonic standing on Tails' red biplane while soaring 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 composed some music for the 1994 Sega Genesis game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Unfortunately, Naka followed up the confirmation that this long-standing myth is bonafide fact with a bittersweet revelation: the tracks the King of Pop was working on have been replaced in the just-released version Sonic origins remaster from sound 3. Yes, it’s a bummer.

It was always “alleged” and “alleged” that the problematic late pop musician was dealing with sound 3. Eventually, Jackson had a close relationship with Sega and made his talents available to games like this Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker Beat ’em ups and the rhythm action game space channel 5. Apparently Jackson was hired in the meantime sound 3‘s development towards composing, but apparently left the project behind 1993 child molestation allegations and has since gone uncredited. Sure Jackson’s Composer and music director Brad Buxer spilled the tea in 2009and said one possible reason Jackson is uncredited is that “he wasn’t happy with the resulting sound that came out of the console.” But now we have another line below the statement from the sound Creator himself. It couldn’t be clearer.

“Does Sonic origins Sonic 3 have another song,” Naka asked in a June 23 tweet. Then he answered that question by saying, “Oh my god, the music for sound 3 has changed, although Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.”

So which tracks were replaced in Sonic originsSega’s remastered bundle with the first four sound platformer, and what were they replaced with? GameXplain posted a great video on June 21st that breaks it all down, but the TLDR, which is the music for three of the game’s zones – Carnival Night, Ice Cap, and Launch Base – is completely different Sonic originssound 3. Instead of the funky, rhythmic, obviously Jackson cuts found in the original, in this remaster we get remixed versions of songs used in the game’s prototype. The same prototype that became the PC port in 1997 Sonic 3 & Knuckles. It’s not that they’re bad. They just mostly sound like elevator music.

When Naka was reached for comment via Twitter DMs, he sent kotaku the following tweet, which reads: “It’s unfortunate that the music for sound 3 has been changed.”

kotaku has reached out to Sega for comment.

There you have it. Michael Jackson composed music for sound 3. It’s a shame, because not only are the tracks Jackson has written are the danceable tunes he’s known for, but their pounding energy matches the game’s frenetic pace. But it’s also understandable that Sega might not want to associate the game with such a cute musician, especially given the years of 2019 leave neverland Documentary.

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