To update: Yuji Naka says his reference to Sega using Michael Jackson’s music was about a TikTok video.
naka point to the video (opens in a new tab) from the official Sega TikTok account where a person in a Sonic costume tries to get a cup of coffee that is too hot, while Billie Jean’s baseline plays in the background and samples of Michael Jackson’s voice play in the background.
“I feel like I’m being misunderstood a lot.” naka says (opens in a new tab)“Probably because I don’t speak English and I’m using a translation tool. Sorry.”
While Sega never officially acknowledged Jackson’s contribution to Sonic 3, the musicians who worked with him on the game have been very specific about it. A 2016 Huffington Post feature (opens in a new tab) features direct confirmation that Jackson’s music made it into the game.
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And so, Sonic creator Yuji Naka has casually confirmed on Twitter that Michael Jackson worked on the Sonic 3 soundtrack.
Suddenly, the industry veteran took to social media to check out the Sonic Origins soundtrack before confirming a long-running rumor. “Sonic Origins Sonic 3 has a different song?” naka tweet (opens in a new tab). “OMG, Sonic 3’s music has changed, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.”
Naka follows up the tweets with an old photo he took with a camera while flying in Jackson’s helicopter to visit his home. Clearly feeling a hint of nostalgia, she has also shared some old snaps of a Pontiac Fiero and a Chevrolet Lumina that she drove while creating Sonic in San Francisco.
This is a photo taken by me with my camera when we were going to his house in his helicopter. It’s pretty faded. I miss him. pic.twitter.com/wtM1BtMHwTJune 23, 2022
Speculation (opens in a new tab) about Jackson’s involvement in the game has persisted for almost 30 years. It is generally believed (opens in a new tab) that the music star worked on the soundtrack but remained uncredited. Finding the truth to these claims, however, proved elusive as Sega has never officially confirmed Jackson’s involvement, although several others, such as a keyboardist who worked with Jackson named Brad Buxer, have. (opens in a new tab).
To clarify Naka’s tweet a bit, he’s talking about Sonic Origins, which doesn’t seem to include the Sonic 3 original soundtrack. If you’ve been out of the loop, Sonic Origins brings Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3 and Knuckles to consoles. of current generation. Sega has removed the classic Sonic games before the release of Origins, so this might be your best way to play the classics.
Sonic Origins comes out today.
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