Confirmed by the official Michael Jackson magazine in France, Michael Jackson did indeed compose the chords for Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
B&W: Can you clarify the rumor that Michael had in 1993 composed the music for Sonic 3 video game, for which you have been credited?
Buxer: Iâ€™ve never played the game so I do not know what tracks on which Michael and I have worked the developers have kept, but we did compose music for the game. Michael called me at the time for help on this project, and thatâ€™s what I did. And if he is not credited for composing the music, itâ€™s because he was not happy with the result sound coming out of the console. At the time, game consoles did not allow an optimal sound reproduction, and Michael found it frustrating. He did not want to be associated with a product that devalued his musicâ€¦
B&W: One of the surprising things in this soundtrack is that you can hear the chords from Stranger in Moscow, which is supposed to have been composed laterâ€¦
Buxer: Yes, Michael and I had composed those chords for the game, and it has been used as base for Stranger in Moscow. […]
I love little facts like this!