Music In Video Games #4: Where’s Sonic The Hedgehog 3?


Blogging live to you and yours! It’s you boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! So who heard that Sega is coming out with a Genesis Mini? Well if you don’t know now you know! It’s going to be retailed at $79.99 with 40+ games. They are available for pre-order now at your local retailer. If you want to know the games that will be on the mini console click here for the full list. But there’s one game or games in particular that isn’t on the list of games that will be on the Genesis Mini. Then when I looked at Sega’s recent compilations it didn’t appear Sega Genesis Classics Collection, or the Sega Genesis HD Flashback by AT Games. That game I’m talking about is Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

The last re-release I can think of Sonic 3 had to be on Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection which was released back in 2009. That next year in 2010 Sega put out a four in one Sonic collection for the Nintendo DS. Since then it has been a hard game to come by. When they had a Sonic sale on the PS3 there was no sign of the game and Sega has not sold the game separately whether it be on The Google Play Store or the App Store. Now let’s go back to 2009 for a minute. What famous musician does everyone know of who died in 2009? Michael Jackson. That’s right! He apparently helped on the Sonic The Hedgehog 3 soundtrack. Now Sega has not confirmed this officially, and I’m sure everyone has their own theories about this. So let’s look at the facts.

1. Michael Jackson has worked with Sega before Sonic 3.

Yes he has. He had his own video game. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker which was on both the Sega Genesis and Arcade. It was developed by Sega as well.

2. Ending music from Sonic 3 closely resembles Jackson’s 96 single Stranger In Moscow.¬†

They do sound pretty similar. Jackson wouldn’t be the only artist to sample music from a video game if this is true. Unless it was his.

3. The Ice Cap Zone and Hard Times.

More music that sounds closely similar. Hard Times was a song by a group in the early 80’s called the Jetzons. The song went unreleased until 2009. The keyboardist from that group Brad Buxer had worked with Michael Jackson for many years and he also worked on the music to the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and confirms Jackson’s involvement.

4. Licensing issues.

When AT Games was in charge of putting together the Sega Genesis Mini it was revealed that Sonic 3 wouldn’t appear on it “due to licensing issues with the soundtrack”.

So I can pretty much confirm that the reason why Sonic 3 won’t be appearing on the Genesis Mini is because of licensing issues with the soundtrack. Now was Michael Jackson involved with the soundtrack of this game. I think so. Everything I listed up above pretty much confirms he had something to do with it. And if that is the reason why Sonic The Hedgehog 3 has pretty much been forgotten about then that just sucks. Especially for younger fans that want to experience all of Sega’s classic library of games such as Sonic The Hedgehog 3. It is probably something having to do with Jackson’s estate. As for the other game Sonic & Knuckles. I have no idea why that isn’t appearing on any of these collections. Maybe its close relation to Sonic 3 since it can all be played as one game technically.

Anyway those are my theories behind Sonic The Hedgehog 3. What do you all think? Did Michael Jackson have something to do with the soundtrack? Is it involved with his estate? Could there be another reason why this game isn’t coming to any compilations? I want to know your thoughts! Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! Remember that TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Thanks for reading folks. Keep coming back for more great content.

Sonic 3 Ending: Music

Michael Jackson- Stranger In Moscow

Sonic 3 Music: Ice Cap Zone Act 1

The Jetzons- Hard Times

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