Okay, so. Sonic the Hedgehog 4. It’s coming. People are getting really hyped about it.
I have not played a single Sonic game to the end since Sonic & Knuckles, unless you count that abysmal RPG that come out a while back. Otherwise, I’ve played the very beginning of Sonic Adventure, and a demo of Sonic Heroes. So, while I don’t have a lot of perspective on what went wrong with the series (besides what other disillusioned Sonic fans tell me), I do know something that would really excite me to see make its return – something that hasn’t been ruled out yet (like the appearance of Tails and Knuckles in playable form).
I was listening to Michael Jackson in the car today – as most people on the GL staff who’ve ever talked to me know, I’m a pretty big fan – and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 popped into my head at random. I began to think about the whole “Michael Jackson may have wrote the music for Sonic 3” fiasco. I then remembered reading once that one of the members of some random J-Pop band, Dreams Come True, wrote the music for the original two Sonic games.
(EDIT: after doing a little more homework, Dreams Come True are apparently _the_ J-Pop band to end all J-Pop bands. So, I guess they’re quite a far cry away from being “some random J-Pop band.” Shows how much I know about international pop music, I guess.)
Then it hit me: What really needs to come back to Sonic the Hedgehog is freakin’ pop music. Now, a lot of you may not like pop. If you’re one of those people: oh well. In any art, style is very important, and pop music really contributed to Sonic’s “cool” persona, if you ask me. When Sonic came out, there was such a push in the advertising campaigns to demonstrate how freaking awesome and edgy Sonic was compared to Mario, that lame fat plumber (this doesn’t reflect my personal opinion, just the impression I got from the old Sonic ads and commercials).
When I think of Sonic, I think of “cool”. I already am very familiar with Michael Jackson’s music, so I looked up a little bit of the music of Dreams Come True on Youtube. A lot of their music is slower ballads and stuff, but I found a few songs that reminded me a little of the original Sonic games:
What should really make a comeback in Sonic games is not just popular musicians working on Sonic music (I understand that a lot of rock artists have contributed to recent Sonic games), but a return of Pop music as the prominent musical style of Sonic the Hedgehog. Rock is kind of cool, but – whether it’s fair or not – Pop is the ‘coolest’ musical genre. It’s a match made in heaven! Right?