Yuji Naka Apparently Confirms Sonic Had Michael Jackson Music

Sega has long been rumored to have worked on the music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 with Michael Jackson, which may be why it was removed from Sonic Origins.

In the long history of video games, one of the most interesting rumors over the years (and one that Sega danced around without ever confirming or denying) was that Michael Jackson might have played a role in the music of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and/or Sonic & Knuckles. Although there were interviews that leaned more towards the reality of Jackson’s involvement, it still hasn’t been fully confirmed. Well, apparently with the music swap for Sonic 3 in Sonic Origins, former Team Sonic leader Yuji Naka has shared what appears to be further confirmation of this rumor.

More about sound Personal Twitter, Yuji Naka shared that he checked out Sonic Origins and was surprised to see the music changed in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Although the collection was generally quite good, many were a little disappointed to hear the soundtrack swapped. in the game and Sega hasn’t exactly expressed the reason why. According to Naka, this could be due to the soundtrack’s connection to Michael Jackson.


Yuji Naka's Tweet seems to express that Sega has already officially used Michael Jackson's music.
Yuji Naka’s Tweet seems to express that Sega has officially used Michael Jackson’s music in the past.


Oh my god Sonic 3 music has changed even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson music,” Naka tweeted on June 23, 2022.

It’s a seemingly nonchalant nod to a rumor that gaming fans and historians have been trying to figure out for years. There have been interviews and discussions from various personalities close to the Sonic games who have delved into the rumor. However, as one of the key programmers and figureheads of all the early Sonic games, Naka would probably be close enough to know more about the matter.

Sonic Origins is out now and it’s a pretty fun time, with a new soundtrack in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Is it because of Michael Jackson’s estate that the soundtrack has been changed? It’s still cloudy, but Naka’s response to the game is another interesting nod to a rumor that fans have been debating for decades now.

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