Sonic the Hedgehog Oddities

The Jackson 3?

Through clever detective work, Sonic fans recently discovered that Sega asked Michael Jackson to compose the music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1993). But there’s a problem: While the songs sound like his style, Jackson isn’t credited.

Various theories exist as to why Jackson’s involvement in Sonic 3 has never been acknowledged by Sega. One of the most credible deals with the fact that Jackson was accused of child molestation around that time. Another put forth by one of Jackson’s writing partners says that Jackson was unsatisfied with the console’s sound hardware.

Either way, it appears some of Jackson’s influence remains in the Sonic 3 soundtrack, as a few of the songs bear striking similarities of Jackson’s music from the 1990s.


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  1. Max June 23, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    You cant go wrong with an article about sega that includes reference to Steve Urkel 🙂

  2. guest June 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    This trivia is very cool. But have many people actually played the original Sonic recently? Give it a try and then read this and see if you don't agree:

  3. Esteban June 25, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    My favorite bit of Sonic weirdness? The Sonic / Harry Potter / Barack Obama backpack: