‘Sonic’ creator seemingly confirms Michael Jackson worked on the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 3’ soundtrack
A key figure in the creation of the classic video game Sonic the Hedgehog has seemingly confirmed a long-held rumor that Michael Jackson contributed to the soundtrack of the 1994 threequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 3. As to why Jackson was allegedly chosen by Sega to help with the music, and not the ’90s band Blur, we still don’t know.
Yuji Naka was the lead programmer for the original Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis, according to the Sonic Wiki. It happens to be Sonic’s birthday Thursday; 31 years to the day since the game came out on June 23, 1991, which many fans of the chili-dog-loving mammal celebrated, We Got This Covered previously reported.
Coinciding with the blue blur’s birthday was the release of Sonic Origins on most modern consoles. The game is a bundle of the first four mainline Sonic games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog CD, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. The latter game is the one to whose soundtrack Jackson supposedly contributed.
Two weeks ago, Katie Chrzanowski, Sonic the Hedgehog’s social media manager, confirmed the Sonic 3 re-release would not use “all of the original sounds from the Sega Genesis version of the game,” according to an interview with Tails’ Channel, a Sonic news Twitter account.
This bit of news of the track replacements immediately struck fans as a tacit acknowledgment by Sega that the rumor that Jackson contributed to tracks on Sonic 3, in an uncredited capacity, was actually true all along.
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Even Naka took to Twitter to comment on the situation, saying, “Does Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have a different song?”
Naka followed that Tweet up with a remark that some took as proof positive Jackson contributed to the original music of Sonic 3, which was later replaced on the Sonic Origins re-release.
“Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.”
However, take the previous comment with a grain of salt. It may not be the unambiguous acknowledgment of Jackson’s involvement in Sonic 3 that it seems.
Naka explained in a subsequent tweet that when he said “SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music,” he was referencing a TikTok the company made that used Jackson’s instrumental from “Billie Jean,” a tune that is decidedly not part of the Sonic 3 soundtrack.