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

A piece of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 artwork showing Sonic standing on top of Tails' red biplane as it hovers over some clouds.

What way to bring some news, huh ‘? On Twitter, the hedgehog Sonic Creator Yuji Naka said the quiet part out loud: Michael Jackson certainly 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 bonafide fact with a bittersweet revelation: The tracks that King of Pop worked on have been replaced in the just released Sonic Origins remaster of Sonic 3. Yes, that’s a shame.

It has always been “allegedly” and “apparently” that the problematic deceased pop musician was involved in Sonic 3. After all, Jackson had a close relationship with Sega, borrowing his talents for games like Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker beat ’em ups and the rhythm action game Space Channel 5. Apparently, Jackson was hired under Sonic 3‘s development to compose music, but apparently left the project in the wake of 1993 allegations of child abuse and has been uncredited ever since. Of course, Jacksons composer and musical director Brad Buxer spilled tea in 2009, and said that one possible reason Jackson was not credited was that “he was not happy with the resulting sound coming out of the console.” But now we have another line under the opinion of Sonic the creator himself. You can not get more ready than this.

“Do Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have another song, ”Naka asked in a tweet on June 23. He then answered this question and said, “Oh my god, the music to Sonic 3 has changed, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music. ”

So which tracks have been replaced in Sonic OriginsSegas remastered bundle with the first four Sonic platform players, and what have they been 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 OriginsSonic 3. Instead of the funky, rhythmic, overtly Jackson tracks found in the original, what we get in this remaster are 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 because they’re bad. They just sound mostly like elevator music.

When Naka reached for comment via Twitter DMs, Naka posted my box below tweet and say “it’s unfortunate that the music to Sonic 3 got changed.”

my box has contacted Sega for a comment.

There you have it. Michael Jackson composed music for Sonic 3. It’s a shame, because the songs Jackson wrote are not only the danceable tunes he’s known for, but their pounding energy also matched the game’s frenetic speed. But it’s also understandable that Sega might not want to have the game associated with such a sussy musician, especially in light of 2019’s Leaving Neverland documentary.

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