Michael Jackson’s Sonic the Hedgehog 3 music cut from Sonic Origins

Sonic Origin, a compilation of four classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, released today, gives Sega fans a chance to revisit the 16-bit era of the mascot. It’s an authentic experience, with one exception: Some heavy music Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles experienced players on Sega Genesis in the 90s are not included in the new collection. Instead, Sega swapped different tracks that were a combination of old and new works.

It’s because some songs from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, as originally released, was 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 the subsequent release of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 includes a set of different music tracks. Sega itself has never officially confirmed details about Jackson’s involvement in the Genesis game (he’s not officially credited in any version of the game), leading to speculation that sonic 3full music rights.

But on Thursday, former Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka — who was the main programmer at Sonic the Hedgehog 3 — instantly confirmed on Twitter that Jackson contributed music to the game. It’s an old rumor and hinted at in the past by other former Sega developers, but Naka will be in a position to find out.

Re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 on other platforms and on other compilations have exchanged music tracks from the prototype version of the game. But for Sonic OriginSega goes one step further, recruiting longtime Sonic the Hedgehog composer Jun Senoue to modify sonic 3original prototype music for the collection, according to Sonic’s social media manager Katie Chrzanowski.

“While unfortunately we were unable to use all of the original sound from the Sega Genesis version of the game, Jun Senoue has worked very hard to adapt the original music composed in 1993 for the Sonic OriginChrzanowski said in a Q&A video. “He has gone a step further by reproducing it with the same sound chip from a Sega Genesis and using his own collection of digital audiocassettes to make it as faithful to the original as possible.”

As seen and heard in the excellent video below from GameXplain, the Jackson-Buxer track has been removed, and replaced with a remade track by Senoue.

This is certainly a creative solution to a problem that has plagued Sega and Sonic fans for decades, and possibly the most authentic way to tackle what has become an urban legend. But that doesn’t mean that Sonic the Hedgehog fans are happy about it; Response to the updated prototype music has been overwhelmingly negative.

Sonic Origin it’s out now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The collection includes the original Sonic the Hedgehogand the sequel sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knucklesand sonic CD.

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