Yuji Naka confirms minimize Sonic Origins’ music was by Michael Jackson

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Video game mythology is filled with rumors. For years, Final Fantasy followers have tried to avoid wasting Aerith in VII or discover the Triforce in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. One of the longest operating legends claims that Michael Jackson, the prince of pop himself, wrote music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Now we lastly know that it’s certainly true.

The affirmation really got here in a really roundabout method. Sonic Origins is the newest launch within the sequence, and it revitalizes the blue blur’s beginnings masterfully by packing Sonic 1, 2, 3, and CD collectively right into a single assortment. Sonic 3, aka Sonic & Knuckles, apparently has totally different music than the unique game — which we now know sported tracks from Michael Jackson. Sonic creator Yuji Naka observed the music change on Twitter, and he dropped the revelation that the unique game “uses Michael Jackson’s music.”

Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has modified, regardless that SEGA Official makes use of Michael Jackson’s music.

— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) June 23, 2022

On prime of confirming the long-running rumor, Naka additionally shared a photograph of when he and members of Sonic Team “went to [Jackson’s] house in his helicopter.” Since the prince of pop contributed music to the game, it solely is sensible that the builders paid a go to to Neverland Ranch because the game was being constructed.

For these interested in where the music comparisons initially got here from, there are variety of tracks in Sonic 3 that sound remarkably like Jackson tunes. The video beneath, launched by YouTuber hamsand210 again in 2013, offers nice examples. “Black or White” sped up feels like the primary stage within the Ice Cap Zone, “Smooth Criminal” sounds just like the second stage, and so forth.

This isn’t the one revelation we’ve gotten from Sonic Origins. A dataminer really discovered leftover information from Sonic Frontiers in its code, resulting in hypothesis about what the upcoming game may entail. Knuckles, Big the Cat, a fishing exercise, and one thing referred to as “kodama” had been all a part of the datamine.