Sonic Origins, a compilation of four classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, is now available for purchase, allowing Sega fans to revisit the mascots 16-bit era. It''s an authentic experience, with one exception: Some of the music that many Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles players experienced in the Sega Genesis back in the 1990s isn''t included in the new collection. Instead, Sega swapped in different tracks that are a combination of old and new
According to Buxer, Sega''s directing of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 included different musical tracks, which is causing speculation that Sonic 3s music rights are over.
Yuji Naka, a former Sonic Team head programmer on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 outright, confirmed on Twitter that Jackson contributed music to the game. In the past, other former Sega developers have heard a rumor, but Naka would be in the position to know.
Oh my god, the soundtrack for Sonic 3 has changed, even though the SEGA official uses Michael Jackson''s music.
According to Sonic social media manager Katie Chrzanowski, re-releases of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 on other platforms and other releases have been altered in music tracks from a prototype version of the game. However, Sega went a step further for Sonic Origins, bringing Jun Senoue, a long-time Sonic the Hedgehog composer, to modify Sonic 3''s original prototype music for the collection.
Although we can''t use all of the original sounds from the Sega Genesis version of the game, Jun Senoues is very hard to adapt the original music that was originally created in 1993 for Sonic Origins, according to Chrzanowski in a video interview. Hes been so far as reproducing it with the same sound chip from the Sega Genesis and using his own digital audio tape collection to make this version as effective as possible.
The Jackson-Buxer tracks have been removed and replaced with Senoues recreated tracks, as shown and heard in the excellent video below from GameXplain.
It''s certainly a creative solution to a topic that has been plagued by Sega and Sonic fans for decades, and is likely to be the most authentic way to address what has been an urban legend. However, the response to the new prototype music has been somewhat negative.
Sonic Origins is now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The collection includes the original Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as sequels Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD.