sonic origins, a compilation of four classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, is available today, giving Sega fans the chance to revisit the mascot’s 16-bit era. It’s an authentic experience, with one exception: some of the music that many sonic the hedgehog 3 Y sonic 3 and knuckles experienced players on the Sega Genesis in the 90’s are not included in the new collection. Instead, Sega traded in different tracks that are a mix of old and new work.
That’s because some songs from sonic the hedgehog 3, as originally released, were composed by the late singer Michael Jackson and keyboardist Brad Buxer. According to Buxer, Jackson was unhappy with Sega’s implementation of his songs and subsequent releases of sonic the hedgehog 3 it featured a different set of music tracks. Details about Jackson’s involvement in the Genesis game have never been officially confirmed by Sega itself (he is not officially credited in any version of the game), leading to speculation that sonic 3‘s music rights are loaded.
But on Thursday, former Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka, who was a lead programmer at sonic the hedgehog 3 — confirmed directly on Twitter that Jackson contributed music to the game. It’s been a long-running rumor and hinted at in the past by other former Sega developers, but Naka would be in a position to know.
My God, Sonic 3’s music has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.
— Yuji Naka / Yuji Naka (@nakayuji) June 23, 2022
re-releases of sonic the hedgehog 3 music tracks from a prototype version of the game have been swapped on other platforms and in other compilations. But for sonic originsSega went one step further and enlisted Sonic the Hedgehog composer Jun Senoue to mod sonic 3The original music prototype for the collection, according to Sonic’s social media manager Katie Chrzanowski.
“Although unfortunately we cannot use all of the original sounds from the Sega Genesis version of the game, Jun Senoue has been working very hard to adapt the original music that was composed in 1993 for sonic origins,” Chrzanowski said in a question and answer video. “He’s gone so far as to reproduce it with the same Sega Genesis sound chip and use his own collection of digital audio tapes to make this as true to the originals as possible.”
As seen and heard in the excellent video below from GameXplain, the Jackson-Buxer tracks have been removed and replaced with the recreated Senoue tracks.
It’s certainly a creative solution to a problem that has plagued Sega and Sonic fans for decades, and probably the most authentic way to tackle what has been something of an urban legend. But that doesn’t mean Sonic the Hedgehog fans are happy with him; The response to the updated prototype music has been very negative.
sonic origins is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The collection includes the original Sonic the Hedgehogas well as sequels sonic 2, sonic 3 and knucklesY sonic cd.