Sonic origins, a collection of four Sonic the Hedgehog classics, is available today, giving Sega fans a chance to revisit the 16-bit era of the mascot. It’s an authentic experience, with one exception: a little bit of so much music Sonic the Hedgehog 3 And Sonic 3 and Knuckles experienced players on Sega Genesis in the 90s are not included in the new collection. Instead, Sega swapped different tracks which are a combination of old and new work.
This is because some songs of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, as originally released, they were composed by the late singer Michael Jackson and keyboardist Brad Buxer. According to Buxer, Jackson was not happy with Sega’s implementation of his songs and subsequent versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 including a different set of music tracks. Sega herself has never officially confirmed details of Jackson’s involvement in the Genesis game (he is not officially credited with any version of the game), leading to speculation that Sonic 3the musical rights of are heavy.
But on Thursday, former Sonic Team leads Yuji Naka, who was the lead programmer Sonic the Hedgehog 3 – confirmed outright on Twitter that Jackson contributed music to the game. She has been a longtime rumor and hinted at in the past by other former Sega developers, but Naka would be able to know.
Oh my god, Sonic 3’s music has changed, even though SEGA Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.
– Yuji Naka / 中 裕 司 (@nakayuji) June 23, 2022
Releases of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 on other platforms and in other compilations they have exchanged music tracks from a prototype version of the game. But for Sonic originsSega took it a step further by recruiting longtime Sonic the Hedgehog composer Jun Senoue for editing Sonic 3The original musical prototype for the collection, according to Katie Chrzanowski, Sonic’s social media manager.
“While unfortunately we can’t use all the original sounds from the Sega Genesis version of the game, Jun Senoue worked hard to adapt the original music composed in 1993 to Sonic origins” Chrzanowski said in a Q&A video. “He went so far as to reproduce it on the same audio chip as Sega Genesis and use its collection of digital audio tapes to make it as faithful as possible to the originals.”
As seen and heard in the excellent GameXplain video below, the Jackson-Buxer tracks have been removed and replaced with the recreated Senoue tracks.
It’s definitely a creative solution to a problem that has angered Sega and Sonic fans for decades, and arguably 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 it; the response to the updated music prototype was largely negative.
Sonic origins is now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Collection includes original Sonic the hedgehogas well as the sequels Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and KnucklesAnd Sound CD.