The rumors and or facts surrounding Michael Jackson’s involvement in Sonic the Hedgehog 3The soundtrack has circulated on the internet since the early days of online forums and webrings. Many confirmations have come and gone, but no one will stay like the game producer tweeting direct proof. That’s exactly what happened earlier today when Yuji Naka expressed his confusion about the modified soundtrack for Sonic 3 found inside Origins of Sonic.
The SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music. means it. https://t.co/cJ4kFMFB4C
– Yuji Naka / Yuji Naka (@nakayuji) June 23, 2022
Naka, who no longer works at Sega, took over Origins like many Blue Blur fans, so his tweets about the missing music seem like real confusion about the situation. Many in the gaming community are surprised that Naka has confirmed something that has been the subject of much speculation over the years.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is the missing piece in many of Sega’s Genesis retrospectives over the years. There is no official reason for the removal, but many suspect that the music Jackson wrote was the primary reason. With Sonic 3 returned to the newly released Origins and features prototype tracks that will also appear on the game’s PC release rather than the original tunes, that’s speculation as well as right for the money.
Do you know Gaming? provides a fairly comprehensive track record of the gossip in a video from July 2020. Many think the musician made tracks for Sonic 3 due to the similarity of his music and the soundtrack to the game. Some of Jackson’s regular teammates like Brad Buxer, Doug Grigsby III, and Scirocco also contributed to Sonic 3, further perpetuating such rumors. Sega does too Moonwalker by Michael Jackson in 1990, showing that the two had an initial relationship.
Some different named and unnamed sources also say Jackson contributed, while others say he was not happy with his work, saying he felt limited by Genesis’s sound hardware. This was reportedly the reason for his ouster, something Sega fixed because of the child abuse allegations leveled against him at the time. However, many are so unsure if the tracks he made actually got into the game. Sega seems to have officially confirmed Jackson’s involvement in an in-game depiction of 2009’s The Ultimate Genesis Collection by Sonicone of the retro collections Sonic 3 Everyone seems to be pointing to Jackson being involved at some point, with Naka adding more confidence to his tweets.
Origins of Sonic arrived this week on modern console platforms and PC, featuring the first four classic games in the series and Knuckles. In addition to the modified soundtrack, new versions of the game have improvements like the drop dash from Sonic Mania and the ability to bring Tails and Knuckles to games where they weren’t originally played. While Sonic fans still have to go to YouTube to return the pop king’s contributions to Sonic’s legacy, the remaining games presented in this package should last until Sega decides the world needs another release.