Yuji Naka, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has confirmed that Michael Jackson wrote music for Sonic The Hedgehog 3.
Jackson’s involvement with the game has been a long-running rumour, ever since the game’s release. Today, Naka tweeted out the following:
“Does Sonic Origins Sonic 3 have a different song? Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson’s music.”
Naka is referring to Sonic Origins, a new compilation of the first four games in the series. It launched just today, and the version of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 that is in the collection features different music. It’s worth pointing out that the soundtrack to that game also fell under accusations of plagiarism. So it is more than just the involvement of Michael Jackson that makes cause for controversy.
Naka also tweeted a photo that he says he took while aboard a helicopter that was taking him to Jackson’s house:
This is a picture taken by me with my camera when we went to his house in his helicopter. It's pretty faded. I miss it. pic.twitter.com/wtM1BtMHwT
— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) June 23, 2022
In other recent Yuji Naka news, he filed a lawsuit against Square Enix just over a month ago. The reason behind it was the way that Square Enix allegedly handled the release of Balan Wonderworld. According to Naka:
“Game creators are supposed to improve their games until the very end, and I believe that it is wrong to prevent them from carrying out this goal. I asked my lawyer to negotiate with our business partners to at least allow me to address issues on Balan Wonderworld’s development until the very end, but they ignored my requests, so I ultimately decided to file a lawsuit in court.”